Like a cockroach surviving a nuclear winter, Craig James will not go away. After publicly falling into disgrace as a broadcaster and then becoming a failed Senate candidate, James can't accept a life out of the public eye. Instead he has to continue his crusade against greater society.
After Fox Sports Southwest was crazy enough to hire James, the bosses at the national office stepped in and unceremoniously dumped him after one weekend on the job. Now James is fighting back, claiming that Fox Sports fired him for his religious beliefs and doing what he does best – threatening a lawsuit. And he's doing so at one of the last outlets in the country that will give him a platform – Breitbart.com.
The James camp's claim is based on Fox's statement that it cut James due to past controversial statements during his Senate campaign, in particular saying that gays and lesbians would have to answer to the Lord for their actions. Here's what James told the site:
“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 Breitbart News. “That is not right and surely someone made a terrible mistake.”
Yes, someone did make a terrible mistake – whoever it was that decided to bring this circus upon FSSW in the first place.
Does anyone really believe people of faith are banned from working at Fox Sports?
In light of James' posturing, Fox Sports released a more detailed statement to the Sherman Report saying his hiring at FSSW was not properly vetted:
“At Fox Sports we respect all points of view, and despite reports to the contrary, the decision to no longer use Craig James in our college football coverage was simply because he was not a good fit for Fox Sports. Mr. James, while both experienced and knowledgeable, is a polarizing figure in the college sports community. Regrettably, the decision to use him was not properly vetted, and as a result he will no longer provide commentary on Fox Sports Southwest’s college football coverage."
What an embarrassing saga for Fox Sports at the regional and national level. How did the execs at FSSW think this was a good idea? How is Craig James hired without being properly vetted? How were people at Fox's national offices aware of James' controversial history only after he was brought on at FSSW? If there's one takeaway in all of this it's the complete breakdown between Fox Sports and their southwestern affiliate. Were any decision maker to use common sense and realize the hiring of Craig James would only lead to problems then none of this frivolity would have happened.