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C.J. Stroud Responds After NBC Cut His Praise to Jesus in Interview

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C.J. Stroud Responds After NBC Cut His Praise to Jesus in Interview

By Movieguide® Contributor

Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud responded after NBC cut out part of a post-game interview where he discussed his faith.

“First and foremost, I just want to give all glory and praise to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Stroud said in the interview last month.

“That sentence was later cut in subsequent posts to focus on remarks about fan support and the city of Houston, Texas,” The Blaze reported.

Movieguide reported on the quarterback’s response:

“I’m not angry about it,” Stroud said of the incident. “I wish that it wasn’t that but, you know, I pray for people, and I think God has called us to love one another through thick and thin, mistakes or success. I just want to show love. We’re not all perfect as people, even myself. I follow the Lord, but I’m not perfect, and I try to just be that light in a dark time.”

“There’s a lot of darkness in this world, he continued. “I think God has called us to really just be a light to one another and just show love. I just pray for people and I don’t have any ill will or any anger to that. I wish that it wasn’t that, but I’m just being myself always. I grew up in the church, and I found Christ in myself, and I’m just trying to get better, and I just want people to feel the love that I felt from God. So I don’t feel any ill will about it. It’s all love.”

Other NFL players responded to the incident as well.

“It’s very lame,” said Donovan McNabb, NFL Pro Bowl quarterback. “Players always express that as well, and to have that cut out is truly, it’s disrespectful.”

“There are a lot of people out there who are Christians and believe in Jesus, and those who don’t believe in Jesus, still, they don’t feel like that’s disrespectful to them,” he added. “To cut it out and be a media outlet that’s focusing on the game interviewing these players, the fans want to feel as one with the player. And when they hear a player talk, they break down everything that young man says and young woman… I just think, for NBC, they stuck their foot in a hole at this particular point. They got to get themselves out.”

“You’re a media outlet that’s supposed to express and show and display what these young men are all about. This is their opportunity — and their platform to be able to step on stage and tell people and show people what type of individual they are, and C.J. Stroud is doing that,” McNabb also stated. “That’s why you hear a lot of athletes say, ‘I can use my platform to reach out to millions of people.’ They have to get this thing corrected because that’s definitely not the direction it needs to be going in at this point.”

Per The Blaze, “Stroud is in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL and was recently named an All-Star and will play in the Pro Bowl.”


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