Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb criticized NBC on his podcast “The 5 Spot with Donovan McNabb” for editing a postgame interview with Houston Texans rookie C.J. Stroud in which Stroud gave “glory and praise” to his “Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
During NBC’s live television interview, which took place after the Texans’ playoff win on Jan. 13, Stroud could be heard proclaiming the name of Jesus. But when NBC later uploaded a clip of the interview to social media, Stroud’s comments about his faith were clearly edited out.
McNabb, who has always been vocal about his faith, told his co-host Armando Salguero (OutKick Senior NFL Writer) that it was “truly disrespectful” for NBC to edit out Stroud giving glory to God. “It’s disrespectful in a sense because there are a lot of people out there who are Christians and believe in Jesus,” said McNabb. “And for those who don’t believe in Jesus, still, they don’t feel like that’s kind of disrespectful to them.”
“Fans want to feel as one with the player,” McNabb added. “They break down everything that young man says…I just think that NBC [has] stuck their foot in a hole at this particular point, and they’ve got to find a way to pull themselves out.”
The former NFL quarterback called out media outlets for platforming people who most viewers don’t want to hear from because of what they are saying but editing out when someone talks about Jesus. “Let’s not feature and favor to those particular people,” he said.
“Your media outlet, that is supposed to express and show and display what these young men are all about,” he continued. “This is their opportunity and their platform, to be able to step up on stage and tell people and show people what type of individual they are—C.J. Stroud is doing that. That’s why you hear a lot of athletes say, ‘I can use my platform to reach out to millions of people.’”
McNabb praised Stroud’s leadership, particularly in the way he has been bold in his faith:
[Stroud is displaying that he’s] a servant to the Lord Jesus Christ and being able to get up and express and touch the lives of others and maybe change the mentality or the approach of an individual who may be wondering how to handle situations. To see how C.J. has handled himself as a young man in this league and being responsible for being a leader for 52 other men in that locker room and coaches and lead his team and understand that says that “it’s not just me. It’s my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ blessing me with this opportunity to step out on the field and be able to lead my team.” It says a lot about him. It says a lot about these players. It says a lot about these coaches.