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Bubba Watson thanks analyst Chris Broussard for ‘sharing faith’

Golfer Bubba Watson tweeted his support for ESPN analyst Chris Broussard on Tuesday.
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Golfer Bubba Watson appears to be one of the few public figures to speak out in support of ESPN analyst Chris Broussard, who called homosexuality “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ” on the air Monday.

Broussard, who was speaking on the same day NBA center Jason Collins became the first active male athlete on a pro sports team to come out publicly as gay, has taken a lot of heat for his comment.

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But not from Watson, who tweeted this on Tuesday:

Thanks @chris_broussard for sharing your faith & the bible!! #GodIsGood — bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 30, 2013

As always on Twitter, reaction was immediate and came from both sides.

@bubbawatson Thanks for sharing your sanctimoniousness and intolerance! — Mark (@marksborrred) April 30, 2013

” @bubbawatson :Thanks @chris_broussard for sharing your faith & the bible!! #GodIsGood” - blessed to see both of you do this!! #AWESOME! — Tug Taviano (@thetuglife) April 30, 2013

Broussard said Monday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”:

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“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.

“I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.”

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Later that night, Broussard attempted to clarify his comments.

“Today on OTL, as part of a larger, wide-ranging discussion on today’s news, I offered my personal opinion as it relates to Christianity, a point of view that I have expressed publicly before. I realize that some people disagree with my opinion and I accept and respect that. As has been the case in the past, my beliefs have not and will not impact my ability to report on the NBA. I believe Jason Collins displayed bravery with his announcement today and I have no objection to him or anyone else playing in the NBA.”

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