Fox Fires Homophobic Sportscaster
Fox Networks is turning heads today for what might be a shocking reason. After getting wind that Fox Sports Southwest's newly-hired sportscaster is in fact a raging homophobe, Fox Sports HQ in L.A. decided to pull the plug on Craig James after only one game's worth of work on air.
The story begins Friday, when Fox announced that Craig would be joining the FSSW team. “James will offer analysis on Fox Sports Southwest’s college football postgame shows this fall following primetime games on Saturdays. He’ll be paired with host Erin Hartigan and former NFL quarterback Tony Banks.”
James went to work on Saturday, as scheduled, without a hitch in his first day of work. However, over the weekend, the powers that be at the network must have been illuminated to the outrageous history of their new hire.
James, who has also commented for CBS, ESPN and ABC, ran for Texas's 2011 GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate. As a supporter of Rick Santorum, it was no surprise that James' campaign quickly took an aggressive anti-gay stance, including moments when the candidate told gays they'd have to answer "to the Lord."
Seems such retrograde bigotry doesn't have a place on Fox Sports in 2013. “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” a spokesman for Fox said. “He couldn’t say those things here.”
Now if only the network could apply the same standards to its News division.
(Source: Dallas Morning News)