Fox Sports Fires Craig James, Failed Senate Candidate and Alleged Hooker Killer, After One Show

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Last we heard from Craig James, he was groveling for cash to pay off the debt racked up during his ill-conceived U.S. Senate campaign and denying that he killed five hookers.

That was more than a year ago. Then, on Friday, Fox Sports Southwest reminded the world of James' existence by announcing that the former SMU running back would be serving as a college football analyst. The network was stoked.

"We're excited to add Craig to the FOX Sports Southwest team," FSSW senior executive producer Mike Anastassiou said in a press release that has since been scrubbed from Fox Sports websites. "He's a talented broadcaster who I've admired throughout his career. His knowledge of college football and the experience he brings as an analyst will be a tremendous asset to our coverage."

See also: Craig James Didn't Get Your Vote, But He'd Really Like it if You Chipped in a Couple Bucks to Pay off All That Campaign Debt

Anastassiou's sentiments were not shared by his bosses at Fox Sports. Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reported over the weekend that they pulled the plug on James after his first appearance.

The issue, according to Deitsch, wasn't James' mediocrity as a broadcaster, or the undying hatred of Texas Tech fans. Rather, they found his views on homosexuality, which his Senate campaign gave him ample opportunity to express, distasteful. (For example, James thinks gays will have to "answer to the Lord for their actions." So did his former bosses at ESPN, who refused to rehire James at the conclusion of the Senate bid.

See also: Craig James (Sort Of) Addresses That "Google Bomb" About Those "Five Dead Hookers"

The other possibility, which Deitsch does not address, is that the networks have some inside information on the dead hookers.


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wontunow
wontunow

Craig is right about homosexuals.  They are just a bunch of queers.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Leave the Hooker comment to the commenters, DO shouldn't put that in the headline. 

Jody English
Jody English

Complete BS...Wheres the proof he murdered 5 hookers?

Manny M. Escam
Manny M. Escam

I'm sure Texas Tech fans are happy. James and his so-called football player son are *ssholes!

John Stevenson
John Stevenson

He was one of the players that brought down the death sentence.

John Stevenson
John Stevenson

He's never denied it. WHAT ARE YOU HIDING CRAIG?

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

He was a good popular announcer early on but got too big for himself on a number of fronts! Do you hear much dirty laundry on other major and even minor market sportscasters? If so, they arent on for very long! He thought he could automatically run and win a Texas Senate seat because of his name recognition. Oops! Only a couple of people in Tx could enter and immediately win a politica race - Nolan Ryan/Roger Staubach!

Once James opened his mouth to any issue outside of football - his big athlete's foot went right in there!

Vern Smathers
Vern Smathers

Ricky Williams is a much better commentator than this guy. Why he isn't on major sports channel is beyond me.

Tim Smathers
Tim Smathers

So sad when you love God more than He loves you.

Cassandra A Cranmer
Cassandra A Cranmer

Also, the link in the article leading to the article about him denying killing 5 hookers isn't working. It says the page isn't there.

Cassandra A Cranmer
Cassandra A Cranmer

If he killed women, why isn't he in jail? Even if they were hookers, he should have to face jail time.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Given their penchant for voting for sickos, it's a wonder right-wing Texas kooks didn't elect him.

joeinbost
joeinbost

I  think it is He and not HIS son who is Brain Damaged.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

The story on his views makes no sense.  Fox preps for months with no new news on his views and then fire him after one day?  It seems like an incredible waste of corporate resources and I doubt anyone that works for Rupert Murdoch wastes resources.  He may started the show signs of that colossal jerk Keith Olberman and networks now understand to immediately put the animal down if he shows any signs of distemper or foam at the mouth.

J_A_
J_A_

If he'd been accused of killing 5 dogs, they'd be out for his blood. But hookers? Give that man a job!

rbeezlee
rbeezlee

Jeez, Eric, perhaps someone ought to come up with a list of your failings, alleged crimes and misdeeds? Why don't you just report the story?  He was bad at his job and was fired.  . . . for children, by children. . .

dingo
dingo

From above:

The issue, according to Deitsch, wasn't James' mediocrity as a broadcaster, or the undying hatred of Texas Tech fans. Rather, they found his views on homosexuality.. ..distasteful.

Deitsch:

James was a very unpopular figure among college football fans during his latter years at ESPN and statements he made during his Senate campaign last year in Texas -- James declared that gay people would "answer to the Lord for their actions"-- were likely unpopular among some in Fox Sports management.

How do you get the Observer summary from what was actually written?



leftocenter
leftocenter

I can't believe FSSW -- the "F" is for "Fox" -- had a problem with homophobia. 

BTW, the five were gay transvestite hookers, just to be clear. 

Louann Smith
Louann Smith

He wasn't such a good football player at SMU either.

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

While I don't have a complete understanding of his specific views on homosexuality, just the fact of viewing homesuality as an immoral behavior does not, in and of its self, make you homophobic.

It's possilbe to have a negative opinion/belief on someone's life choices and not see that person as inferior or disgriminate against them.

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

While I don't have a complete understanding of his specific views on homosexuality, just the fact of viewing homesuality as an immoral behavior does not, in and of its self, make you homophobic.

It's possilbe to have a negative opinion/belief on someone's life choices and not see that person as inferior or disgriminate against them.

I personally don't give a damn about homesexual anything one way or the other.   I just despise the act of attacking someone's character b/c their veiw isn't the same as yours.  Reminds me too much of people being labled 'unpatriotic' for not supporting the Iraq war.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

There has to be more to this. Him being a homophobe was old news. I'm guessing he said/did something behind the scenes that would be an HR nightmare and they decided he wasn't worth it. Maybe he handled up on Kaime and Lydie, the Fox Sports Southwest girls? Or maybe he has a Greggo style substance abuse problem?

jeff1113
jeff1113

But the homosexuals have such nice things to say about Craig...

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

... you allegedly kill 5 hookers once and all you're ever known for is... 

Jennifer Whitus
Jennifer Whitus

I clicked "like" only because there "love" isn't available.

matt.helm75
matt.helm75

maybe he can get a job on Fox News?  They're always looking for homophobic hooker killers.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

CRAIG JAMES KILLED 2 TV CAREERS AS WELL AS 5 DEAD HOOKERS AT SMU ALL BC OF HIS BELIEFS ON HOMOSEXUALITY

Scott Gray
Scott Gray

Couldn't happen to a better guy. Up yours Craig.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Sports Illustrated really reported corporate had never actually approved the contract.  Why SW had Craig James go on the air without an approved contract is more a problem with compliance at Fox SW.  Regardless of views, Corporate cannot allow someone on the air without a contract of employment.

markzero
markzero

@matt.helm75 Or ABC could hire him for "The View." They hired anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy, so their target demographic presumably excludes people who actually engage in reasoned discourse.

ruddski
ruddski

Or MSNBC? They managed to hire that instigator and race hustler Al Sharpton, who has blood in his hands from the Tawana Brawley fiasco.

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