Posted September 24, 2013

Craig James demands to be reinstated as FOX Sports Southwest football analyst

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Craig James wants his football analyst job back. (WireImage via Getty Images)

Craig James wants his football analyst job back. (WireImage via Getty Images)

The legal team for Craig James, the often criticized former ESPN analyst who was hired and then fired by FOX Sports Southwest, has sent a letter to the network demanding that he be given his job back, according to a report by Ed Sherman.

James was fired by FOX Sports Southwest two days – and one appearance – after being hired because of his anti-gay comments during his run for the Texas Senate.

“We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” a Fox spokesman said at the time. “He couldn’t say those things here.”

Now, James’ legal team says the firing is discrimination because it violates his religious beliefs.

From The Washington Times (via Sherman):

“The actions have also led to the breach of Craig James‘ contract and the impugnment of his career,” the letter states. “We demand the immediate reinstatement [of] Mr. James to the on-air college football analyst position. If you refuse to reinstate Mr. James, millions of Americans will be left with the impression that you do not respect religious liberty and Liberty Institute will be forced to pursue subsequent legal options.”

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271 comments
Photonjohn
Photonjohn

Fox uses their right of the 1st Amendment but not Craig?  Must have been Obama that is shutting him out.

Milo1
Milo1

We, who watch Fox Sports Southwest TV, do not want to see him or hear his despicable voice..  He thinks he is God's gift to humanity. He stinks, and because of his ugly attitude thinking that he is better than anyone else, we would hate for the TV station to rehire him.  Let him pay for what he did to Coach Leach.

RichBich
RichBich

What goes around, comes around. Betcha Mike Leach is taking note of this. And whatever became of Craig's loser spoiled rotten son? I don't see him starting on any NFL team anywhere, drafted or undrafted

HotRod429
HotRod429

Craig James killed 5 hookers at SMU.

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

do what craig says!  if not, he'll sue!

texspence
texspence

Interesting tactic to threaten the very institution you wish to be part of.  Guess that will play out real nice.  Make for a nice cuddly relationship when all is said and done.  This will no doubt be an ACLU lawsuit claiming James' right to have his opinions based on his religion.  As long as he doesn't say them in the work place then what is the problem?  Yes - it is distasteful - but he isn't running for office anymore and I wondering if we all don't have something in our minds that isn't PC.  Are we talking thought police here?  And please, before anyone bashes me for being a sympathizer - I'm not - but I'm trying to see both sides of the story and I just don't see where James did anything wrong by Fox.  To hire him and then fire him because he wasn't properly vetted?  Excuse me - who didn't know about James' thoughts on the homosexual community?  Fox erred here - it seems to me.  Now I would work out a compromise - but I wouldn't put him on the air.

DOriginalDonald
DOriginalDonald

Too bad, hot shot! Go back to SMU and beg the boosters for more $$$$$$$$$$$$$!-Mike Leach

opinionhated
opinionhated

I can understand one, maybe two dead hookers...but FIVE!?!

Jean
Jean

You want to be a c ock s ucker--fine,just STFU and leave the vast majority of the world alone.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Craig James and his entire family are morons ...

Whatever
Whatever

"Religious rights/freedom" do not apply to a private organization. FOX Sports can fire James for saying stupid stuff on the air. I'm sure there's a clause in his contract. 

There won't be any "subsequent actions" from the Liberty Institute. And isn't it ironic that the "Liberty Institute" is trying to force FOX Sports to re-hire James, instead of FOX Sports having the freedom to hire/fire whomever it likes?

Trixie1223
Trixie1223

Typical liberal agenda. Bully people into accepting certain groups or you get fired or lose your business.  Ridiculous.

x72
x72

Criaggers, crawl back under your rock.

Southeast_Of_Disorder
Southeast_Of_Disorder

So it's wrong to be gay, but killing hookers is ok? What strange religious beliefs he has. 

TeeHolmes
TeeHolmes

I demand to get an honorary doctorate for all the money I spend at your football games, lol.

Fifilo
Fifilo

And I demand to be King of England.

Aggie81
Aggie81

To many bridges burned along the way since his days as a member of the Pony Express while at SMU that got the death penalty. 

RobertWoodson
RobertWoodson

I bet the Coach of Washington State is saying something in Pirate!  Just about now about Mr. James and his demands!!!  

mackseaton
mackseaton

Craig James has made his demand now I will make mine....Shut the hell up, Craig James.

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

I used to like Craig James when he was on Game Day.  I thought he was the best at making fun of Lee Corso.  I lost all respect for him over the Mike Leach firing.  Not saying that what Mike Leach did was right but I thought it was kind of weak that he used his position to beat the fire Mike Leach drum.  Either handle it man to man or don't be a hover parent and let your son learn how to be a man.

Randy30
Randy30

The only thing CJ can run is his mouth and maybe Obamacare". He is a POS everybody hates him.

TL1961
TL1961

Craig James is quite the prize. There's nobody he won't offend. What a guy.

william.krause100
william.krause100

Color me stunned that an obnoxious, nepotistic bigot was fired by Fox.  Maybe being fired by the sports division will lead to a hire by the "news" division, though. 

yehonala04
yehonala04

Rupert Murdoch has pulled off a real coup he now has Rachel Maddow ,Bill Maher  and Jon Stewart making the on air hiring choices for Fox Sports Southwest . Who knew? Where are  Bill,Sean,Glenn and Sara  ? Why aren't they all on strike to protest this blow against FREE White Christian America? Is this another Battle in the War on Christmas gone unanswered ?Rupert the Gays have infiltrated your bastion of Fair and Balanced . Shame !

joeshine730
joeshine730

why can't craig James understand he is hated?

kresdfw
kresdfw

Ha, this guy.  Didn't he get beat by the margin of error on his senate run?  Guy should catch a clue.  

tomherman2000
tomherman2000

He wants a payoff. He knows there is no chance they will take him back. Talk about a PR disaster.

TimGodby
TimGodby

You can forgive...which is always the right thing to do. But that doesn't mean you have to keep somebody employed as a result of what you are forgiving. Forgive the man and fire his actions.


Milo1
Milo1

@texspence Yes, Mr. Mighty got about "4" votes in the whole state of Texas.  I guess the voting was for family members only.  Most people don't like him.

MarioGonzales
MarioGonzales

@texspence He's an idiot, and no company willingly keeps an idiot around. The fact that he has to sue for a job shows that he's unemployable. Let him stay that way.

DustinBrown
DustinBrown

@thebigdawg3 i once paid a waiter 50 bucks to make their meal especially "awesome" when they were eating next to me at a rest here in Lubbock just after all the Leach biz went down.  Needless to say it was one of the best lunches ever.

Trixie1223
Trixie1223

@Whatever what if Fox fired him for being gay?  Can you imagine the outcry?  Hypocrites.

RyanInAuburn
RyanInAuburn

You know there are gay Republicans/Conservatives right?

Milo1
Milo1

@jeffcooper71 Do you know whatever happened to Jamie Craig's little boy?  Did Jamie demand that an NFL team hire him to play?

RyanInAuburn
RyanInAuburn

Heck, it's been 15 years since anyone could stand Chris Berman, and yet ESPN still has him on.

Milo1
Milo1

@x72 @Trixie1223 Trixie, stop being a trick.  The less you say, the more intelligent people will think you are., Dumbaxs.

RyanInAuburn
RyanInAuburn

Yep, Accurate alright. Since inauguration in 2009, the Dow Jones Average is up over 90%. From Inauguration in 2001 to Inauguration in 2009 it was down over 24%. Oh Wait, scratch that, Fox would never actually give any credit to the current president.

Happy Customer2
Happy Customer2

@RyanInAuburn Oh but if they did what an uproar that would be. But then again, tolerance doesn't work both ways now does it?