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NBC Blasted For Removing Stroud’s Post-Game Profession Of Faith

Chris Agee
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Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud has frequently shared his faith in Jesus as part of interviews both on and off the field, but one network apparently had no use for his recent remarks on the topic.

NBC has received widespread backlash for editing out his Christ-focused comments from a social media post of a post-game interview.

Reporter Kathryn Tappen caught up with Stroud after his team’s decisive victory over the Cleveland Browns in the recent AFC wild-card game, which the quarterback helped make possible with three touchdowns and a total of 274 passing yards.


Instead of touting his own achievements, however, he began by declaring: “First and foremost, I just want to give all glory and praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

In the clip shared on X — formerly known as Twitter — by the Sunday Night Football on NBC, that remark was missing and the segment began with Stroud’s expression of appreciation for the support he has received from locals during his first season as the team’s quarterback.

OutKick writer Bobby Burack concluded that the stealth edit reflected a much deeper bias within the sports world specifically and the media in general.

“Faith is not one of the pre-approved talking points that athletes are allowed to uphold,” he wrote. “See, sports networks like NBC and ESPN encourage athletes to speak on off-field topics like race and politics (as long as they take the right stance). However, they draw the line on religion.”

Retired MLB outfielder Lenny Dykstra also weighed in on the controversy.


“I have a feeling there are going to be a lot more post-postseason-win interviews with him that the dinosaur media is going to have to edit as well,” he predicted. “This young QB is outstanding.”

Despite NBC’s effort to downplay Stroud’s recent remarks, there is no shortage of other public professions of faith that have surfaced throughout his brief time as a pro.

During a recent press conference, he wore a T-shirt bearing an image of Jesus and used the opportunity to highlight the importance of his relationship with God. 

Following a win earlier this month that secured the Texans a spot in the postseason, Stroud offered a similarly humble response.

“I’m just blessed enough to be the vessel that Christ picked to lead this great franchise, so I could do nothing but just thank the Lord,” he said.

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