SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 12, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A liberal sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle is speculating that the recent firing of Golden State Warriors’ basketball coach Mark Jackson may have come down to his Christian faith being a poor fit for the San Francisco-based team in the mind of its openly homosexual president. Jackson also pastors a church in the Los Angeles area.
“Everything about Jackson was under scrutiny, which includes his very public persona as a religious man,” wrote Ann Killion at SFGate.com. “It was probably not at the top of the list, but was probably on the list.”
“I’ve often wondered how comfortable it was for Jackson and team president Rick Welts to co-exist in the same organization,” Killion continued. “Welts is openly gay, becoming the first high-ranking executive in professional sports to come out back in 2011. He’s a strong, professional leader who is excellent at his job. Jackson is a fundamental Christian, who embraces what some call ‘traditional values.’ And he wasn’t shy about letting people know his views.”
Killion noted that when Jason Collins came out as the first openly homosexual NBA player in 2011, Jackson’s reaction was “less-than-supportive.”
At the time, Jackson said: “We live in a country that allows you to be whoever you want to be. As a Christian man, I serve a God that gives you free will to be who you want to be. As a Christian man, I have beliefs of what’s right and what’s wrong. That being said, I know Jason Collins, I know his family, and am certainly praying for them at this time.”
Killion mocked Jackson for “praying for someone who decided to live an honest life,” and said the pastor’s words “created a very strange vibe, especially for a Bay Area team in the 21st century.”
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“It was probably not the image the Warriors wanted to project, especially as they lobbied hard to move to San Francisco,” Killion added.
If Jackson’s traditional views were indeed the reason for his firing, he will join the ranks of the growing number of high-profile professionals who have seen their careers derailed for questioning the homosexual agenda.
Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was ousted last month after it was revealed that he had made a $1,000 donation to the Prop. 8 campaign in defense of true marriage in 2008. Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones was fined and banned from the NFL this week after posting “OMG” and “Horrible” on Twitter in response to a televised homosexual kiss between seventh-round draft pick Michael Sam and his boyfriend.
Sam is the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL. President Barack Obama sent him an official message of congratulations after his selection by the St. Louis Rams Sunday, writing: “The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.”
Meanwhile, Jones will not be permitted to return to the NFL until he submits to “education training.”