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Craig James Sues Fox Sports Claiming Religious Discrimination

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The marriage between Craig James and Fox Sports ended pretty swiftly, but the results remain.

The former NFL running back is now suing the network for religious discrimination. James spent less than a week with Fox Sports but it was his exit that most remember. The network fired James after the first college football Saturday because of his statements opposing gay marriage.

The lawsuit claims Fox Sports' action of firing James because of his views violated the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.

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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 18 months before you were recruited and hired," James told Breitbart Sports. "I said nothing about my belief system on the air at Fox Sports. So, the fact that they reached back in my past nearly 18 months and responded to a comment about my biblical belief in natural marriage as a candidate — that's troubling."

A Fox Sports spokesman commented on the incident at the time, explaining why the network had to sever ties with James.

"We just asked ourselves how Craig's statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn't say those things here."

James has always made his thoughts on gay marriage and his conservative way of thinking known. Perhaps it was that he's such a public figure to begin with that ultimately caught up with him.

The former SMU star wants punitive damages and back wages from Fox Sports.