ESPN was in rare (or, actually, not so rare) form today. First, they derailed their entire morning of news to report on the “tragic” firing of Tim Tebow by the Jets. Then they sh*t themselves when they realized Sports Illustrated got the scoop on the first gay athlete. So naturally, panic set in and they threw an openly anti-gay, openly idiotic Chris Broussard on live television to speak his mind.
Naturally he was all (paraphrasing here), “gay people are upsetting God” and yadda yadda. So ESPN released a statement because they totally didn’t see Broussard’s comments coming:
“We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.”
Tune in tomorrow as ESPN invites Rush Limbaugh to talk about Black quarterbacks and it’ll totally go without controversy because ESPN doesn’t like that sort of thing.
In more sane news, Metta World Peace had some incredible words about the Jason Collins revelation and they’re as poignant as anything Skip Bayless has ever said. First, this:
Whether it’s a free country or not, you should be free to act as you want to do as long as it’s not violent. No matter what it is. I came here in a Cookie Monster shirt because I wanted to, and I was going to wear the pants. But I thought you guys were going to judge me. I was going to wear the hat too. But I thought you guys would judge me. I didn’t want Mitch [Kupchak] to judge me. So that’s why I didn’t wear the hats and the pants. But I should’ve wore it. You should be free to do and act how you want to act.
Because sometimes coming out is just like putting on Cookie Monster pants or something and we all have to put on those Cookie Monster pants one leg at a time every morning. Or something. Mr. Peace, you are a visionary.