Craig James 'Shocked' Over Fox Firing for Beliefs

Craig James
Fox Sports hired former NFL running back Craig James as an on-air analyst only to fire him days later over statements he made regarding gay marriage. (CBN )

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Fox Sports Southwest hired former NFL running back Craig James as an on-air analyst only to fire him days later. The move came after statements he made on gay marriage while campaigning for the Senate resurfaced.

"People choose to be gay," he said during an April 2012 campaign stop. "I think it's a choice, I do. Same-sex marriage, if someone chooses to do that, that's done. And God's going to judge each one of us in this room for our actions. And in that case right there, they're going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions."

James said it was those sincerely held religious beliefs that led to the Sept. 2 firing.

"I was shocked that my personal religious beliefs were not only the reason for FOX Sports firing me, but I was completely floored when I read stories quoting FOX Sports representatives essentially saying that people of faith are banned from working at Fox Sports," James told

"That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake," he said.
While one statement from Fox Sports seems to confirm James' suspicions, another contradictory statement said the former running back was let go because he wasn't a good fit for the position.

Now James is pursuing legal action against the network.

James talked more about his case against Fox Sports on CBN Newswatch Friday. Watch below.

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