This Former NFL Player Is Suing Fox Sports For Religious Discrimination

August 04, 2015Aug 04, 2015

Craig James played 5 seasons in the NFL as a running back with the New England Patriots.  After his playing career ended in 1988, he went into broadcasting. 

In September of 2013 he was fired from Fox Sports for his conservative views on gay marriage.  On Monday, he filed a lawsuit against Fox for wrongful termination.

According to this recent Blaze article, Craig claims that the reason for his firing was for his “religious beliefs about marriage”.

Craig released a statement, “This case is much bigger than me.  It affects every person who holds religious beliefs.  I will not let Fox Sports trample my religious liberty.  Today, many people have lost their jobs because of their faith.  Sadly, countless are afraid to let their bosses know they even have a faith.  This is America and I intend to make sure Fox Sports knows they aren’t above the law.”

Craig was hired by Fox Sports in August of 2013 and made just one televised appearance before being unceremoniously cut loose.  A Fox Sports spokesperson said at the time of his release, “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department.  He couldn’t say those things here.”

According to an earlier Blaze article, the statements that were the basis for Craig’s firing came during Craig’s failed bid for the Texas Senate in 2012.  He had stated during a debate that homosexuality is a choice and that “I think right now in this country, our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades, during the debate in question. “I can assure you I will never ride in a gay parade.”

At the time of his firing Craig told the Blaze, “This isn’t just about Christianity, I have a biblical belief that I’m being punished for. If you enjoy freedoms as a religious person, you need to stand up and be heard and let the persecutor know we aren’t going to accept this.”

What do you think?  Was Craig wrongly terminated?