Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bubba Watson 'respects' Jason Collins, but calls being gay a sin

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Opinions have been flooding in everywhere since NBA veteran Jason Collins publicly announced on Monday that he was gay. Collins essentially became the first active player in one of North America's four major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) to come out, so naturally it has drawn a lot of headlines.

ESPN analyst Chris Broussard drew significant heat Tuesday when he expressed his opposition toward Collins' big revelation. He stated that Collins was "walking in an open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ" by being gay, among other things.

PGA golfer Bubba Watson, who is known for being a devout Christian, came to Broussard's aid by thanking Broussard for sharing his faith. As you might imagine, Watson's support of Broussard wasn't well received by some folks. However, Watson expanded on those comments Wednesday by telling Golfweek that he respects anyone who is gay.

"The Bible says you're not supposed to be gay, and so I never downed Jason," Watson said. "I've met Jason, said, 'Hey,' to him, because he used to play for the Suns when I had the Suns tickets. I respect anybody that's gay."
Watson continued to explain his stance by stating he has no ill will on anyone.

"I'm not saying I'm better than anybody else," Watson told Golfweek. "I'm not saying he's wrong, I'm saying I love him. If he called me right now and said, 'Hey,' or any person that was gay called me, I'd go to dinner with them any time. It's just my belief system on the Bible says you can't be gay. That's a sin. So somebody living in sin I believe to be wrong.
When asked how he believed the reaction would be if a player on the PGA tour came out, Watson had the following to say.
"We've got a lot of personalities out on Tour, so I know if it happened, I would hope that everyone would not do anything to make the person feel bad or to put them down," he said. "That's the way I think of our Tour. Our Tour is a place where guys — we know each other and see each other every week. It's different than the NBA. You've got your one small team, but the Tour is kind of like a big family."

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