ESPN: Champion faced uphill battle for respect as a gay band member

March 26, 2012

ESPN did one of their in-depth “Outside the Lines” reports on the Robert Champion tragedy on Sunday. In the piece, fellow drum major Keon Hollis, who was Champion’s roommate on band road trips, tells the network that Champion’s homosexuality “definitely played a factor” in the lack of respect he got from some band members on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, there’s a little bit of an audio problem at the end of the clip linked above so some of Hollis’s final comments, as well as a few other things in the last 30 seconds, are blanked out. The good news is that ESPN also releases audio podcasts of its OTL stories here. The queue hasn’t been updated to include the FAMU story yet, but it will soon, at which point we should be able to literally fill in some more blanks.

[UPDATE: Full audio podcast of the latest OTL episode, including the FAMU story, is now available on ESPN’s site.]

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