Craig James alleges religious discrimination in Fox Sports lawsuit

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Craig James sues Fox Sports for religious discrimination
Monday August 3rd, 2015

Former college football analyst Craig James is suing Fox Sports for religious discrimination, according to Breitbart Sports. 

Fox Sports Southwest fired James in 2013 two days after hiring him. He was fired after Fox Sports learned of comments James made while running for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

During a debate with other candidates about gay marriage, James said, “our moral fiber is sliding down a slope that is going to be hard to stop if we don’t stand up with leaders who don’t go ride in gay parades. I can assure you I will never ride in a gay parade.”

James' suit, filed Monday in Dallas, alleges James was fired for expressing his religious beliefs about marriage. James also claims his statement was made as a political candidate, and should be unrelated to his role as a college football analyst. 

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“This is very troubling as an employee when your boss holds against you something you said about your belief system nearly eighteen months before you were recruited and hired,” James told Breitbart Sports. “I said nothing about my belief system on the air at Fox Sports.”

James has not called a college football game since his firing.

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