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After C.J. Stroud helped the Houston Texans to a dominant playoff win final weekend, he gave “all glory to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ.”

When the official “Sunday Evening Soccer” account on X, previously Twitter, posted the interview, it edited out the point out of Jesus.

Social media customers have been fast to tear NBC for the edit.

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C.J. Stroud of the Houston Texans runs out of the tunnel previous to a wild-card playoff sport in opposition to the Cleveland Browns at NRG Stadium Jan. 13, 2024, in Houston.  (Cooper Neill/Getty Photos)

A fellow Christian, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, took his personal pictures on the community whereas defending Stroud.

“It’s very lame,” McNabb stated on his OutKick podcast, “The 5 Spot.”

“Gamers at all times categorical that as properly, and to have that lower out is actually, it’s disrespectful,” he added. “There are lots of people on the market who’re Christians and imagine in Jesus, and those that don’t imagine in Jesus, nonetheless, they don’t really feel like that’s disrespectful to them. 

“To chop it out and be a media outlet that’s specializing in the sport interviewing these gamers, the followers need to really feel as one with the participant. And once they hear a participant discuss, they break down every thing that younger man says — and younger girl. … I simply assume, for NBC, they caught their foot in a gap at this specific level. They gotta get themselves out.”

C.J. Stroud of the Houston Texans runs for a landing throughout the fourth quarter in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium Nov. 12, 2023, in Cincinnati. (Dylan Buell/Getty Photos)

McNabb famous that gamers need to categorical themselves freely to raised join with followers.

“You’re a media outlet that’s supposed to specific and present and show what these younger males are all about. That is their alternative and their platform to have the ability to step on stage and inform folks and present folks what sort of particular person they’re, and C.J. Stroud is doing that,” McNabb stated. “That’s why you hear loads of athletes say, ‘I can use my platform to achieve out to thousands and thousands of individuals.’ 

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“For NBC to do that … they actually have to return … and consider themselves. They should get this factor corrected as a result of that’s positively not the path it must be getting in at this level.”

Stroud defined to Fox Information Digital earlier than the NFL Draft final 12 months why he retains his religion first.

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C.J. Stroud of the Houston Texans celebrates after a landing throughout an NFL wild-card playoff sport in opposition to the Cleveland Browns at NRG Stadium Jan. 13, 2024, in Houston. (Michael Owens/Getty Photos)

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“It’s what’s stored me grounded even via my season,” he stated in February. “Soccer has loads of ups and downs. It has loads of twists and turns. However, on the finish of the day, it’s all about your basis. And one thing that’s set my basis is my religion.

“It’s one thing I’m not good in, however I attempt to work day by day to be higher. And I positively assume that’s what saved me. If it helps encouraging anyone to assist them of their lives, no matter they’re going via, then I’m all for it.”

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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