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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: ESPN’s Chris Broussard says Jason Collins is a sinner

04.30.13 at 7:57 am ET

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‘™¦ Former Celtics center Jason Collins‘ revelation that he is gay led to overwhelmingly positive responses from people in and around the NBA. However, there was one notable exception.

ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard, during an appearance on “Outside the Lines,” offered an objection on religious grounds.

“Personally, I don’€™t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle, or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals,” Broussard said. “If you’€™re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’€™s a sin. … I think that is walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”

Broussard said there are others in the NBA who agree with him, but some are hesitant to voice their opinion because they are afraid of the backlash.

“Just because they disagree with that lifestyle, they don’t want to be called bigoted and intolerant and things like that,” Broussard said.

Former NBA star Larry Johnson tweeted a mixed message.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox tweeted their support to Collins, offering to have him throw out the first pitch before a game.

‘™¦ Tim Tebow‘s release by the Jets not surprisingly was a huge story on ESPN. The network has been criticized in the past for providing coverage disproportionate to Tebow’s accomplishments in the NFL, and that continued Monday. This time, one of ESPN’s own personalities questioned the strategy.

SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt, during his ESPN Radio show Monday, offered his take.

“I vowed when we got up today and saw the news that Tebow’d been released by the Jets we weren’t going to go all in here because he’s a backup quarterback who was responsible for zero touchdowns last year, and if SportsCenter wants to turn it into a carnival in the morning then that’s on them,” Van Pelt said. “I don’t get it, but if you want to talk about that for an hour and not show Golden State highlights, then I would disagree with that and people would be happy I’m not anchoring, ’cause my thing is, show me highlights.”

‘™¦ A Russian soccer official was banned for life for assaulting an 18-year-old player as the final whistle blew during a game in Chechnya. Linesman Musa Kadyrov attacked Ilya Krichmar after a reserves game between Russian Premier League teams Grozny and Amkar Perm. Grozny beat Krichmar’s Amkar Perm team, 2-1.

A Russian Football Association official said the player swore at Kadyrov repeatedly, and then he put the lineman over the edge by insulting his mother. Krichmar was given a retrospective red card.

“Throughout the whole game, the Amkar player was swearing at him, and Kadyrov didn’t signal with his flag once after these actions, instead referring it to the referee,” Russian FA official Lom-Ali Ibragimov said. “Unfortunately, the referee didn’t react.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 30, 1956, the Celtics traded Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan to the St. Louis Hawks for the No. 1 second overall pick in the draft. Who was that selection?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The recent Boston Marathon bombing reinforced the notion that I shouldn’€™t wait for the circumstances of my coming out to be perfect. Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?” — Free agent center (and former Celtic) Jason Collins, announcing in a Sports Illustrated article that he is gay

STAT OF THE DAY: 6:32 — The time it took the Athletics and Angels to complete their 19-inning game Monday night, with the A’s winning, 10-8, on Brandon Moss‘ two-run home run in the bottom of the 19th

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rockets guard Carlos Delfino dunks on Thunder star Kevin Durant during Houston’s Game 4 victory Monday night.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Willie Nelson was born on this day in 1933.

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