Bill Carey
Tuesday September 24th, 2013

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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