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Tony Joiner's Touchdown Kiss for Tim Tebow Causes Stir


A kiss between University of Florida safety Tony Joiner and QB Tim Tebow on Saturday after Tebow made a second quarter touchdown pass to Cornelius Ingram has startled the college football world. It's not so often you see such a public display of affection between male athletes, particularly American jocks.

Here's the clip:

The Tampa Tribune reports:

Joiner_2"Tebow and Joiner have had fun with their kiss, though it promises to follow them for eternity now that two clips of it have hit YouTube. A four-second video shows only Joiner smacking Tebow on the left cheek as the CBS broadcast transitions into a commercial break. A 92-second video provides more context, including play-by-play man Verne Lundquist's description of what may have been the first same-sex, interracial kiss ever broadcast on the venerable network's airwaves. 'The African-American senior and Tim Tebow, the white sophomore,' Lundquist said, 'they have become very fast friends.' Told Monday morning that anyone with Internet access could see just how fast, Tebow could only laugh. 'Great,' Tebow said. 'Somebody will probably show me that when I go to class here in a little bit.'"

Joiner, who lives with Tebow, told news media after the game: "That's my roommate. I love him. We've grown close. That's not the first time I've kissed him." When asked if he's kissed other men, Joiner replied, "Not many. Probably just my dad and Tim Tebow."

And there are certainly plenty of people who wouldn't mind planting one on Tebow.


Although who that tongue is reserved for is anyone's guess.


The Independent Florida Alligator notes: "The truth of the matter is we could all learn something from Tebow and Joiner’s kiss...The bond that these players share and the fact that they’re more emotionally linked as brothers, not mere coworkers, is something to strive for in everyday life."

Notebook: Joiner's kiss gets national exposure [gainesville sun]
Kissing Is Not Foreign To Athletes [tampa tribune]
Smooch has Gainesville ga-ga [florida times-union]

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  1. Shoot! I can't open it from work!I'd have to wait until I get home tonite! But if what other posters are saying is true then the non-kiss was overblown way out of context. And if indeed there was a kiss,I would say that the fact that it's even being talked about talks volume in terms of how screwed up North American mores are. Big surprise there!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Sep 18, 2007 2:42:45 PM

  2. How to make a big deal out of nothing, really.

    Posted by: Caroline | Sep 18, 2007 3:29:57 PM

  3. You americans are so weird. It was just a kiss on the cheek, it's not like they were frenching in the middle of the field. Here in Europe we have soccer and it's absolutely normal seeing two players display affection to one another after they scored a goal. Why does it always have to be about sex ?

    Posted by: May | Sep 18, 2007 4:27:42 PM

  4. WTF?! Seriously, this is news worthy?! This isn't the first time a "kiss" has been given and lets NOT forget all the ass smacking that goes on! My season tickets have me literally next to Mr. Joiner & his other son Brandon...they were laughing at it! So was everyone else! They didn't show it over and over on the Jumbotron so why is this being rehashed in the news?

    Posted by: UFGIRL08 | Sep 18, 2007 5:48:42 PM

  5. The announcers are not florida announcers, they are national announcers for CBS and prior NFLplayers/coaches. They just so happned to be doing a game in FL. Next week they could be in Michagan.

    Posted by: Blondie | Sep 18, 2007 7:01:51 PM

  6. What makes it even less significant is that they are just 20 and 21 year olds.

    Posted by: Brandon | Sep 18, 2007 7:15:56 PM

  7. The CHRISTIAN TALIBAN are in control, and now 2 hetero-players can't even show affection without rednecks being upset.

    Welcome to the American CHRISTIAN TALIBAN.

    Posted by: lenda | Sep 19, 2007 1:24:56 AM

  8. when i was in college the best friend i made my freshman year was a straight guy (a flaming heterosexual), and he always gave me a kiss on the cheek or neck whenever he was giving me a goodbye hug (complete with slaps on the back). i never thought of it as sexual nor do i think he did. i saw him do the same thing with his two brothers quite often. i think things like this demonstrate comfort with emotion and sexuality. more kissing to them!

    Posted by: lazybythelake | Sep 19, 2007 7:31:56 AM

  9. I find it bizarre that this is getting so much attention. Men who are in love should be able to hold hands in public and gently kiss one another and so should women. We are holding onto such antiquated ideas in this country - being gay and proud is nothing to be ashamed of. If Joiner and Tebow have found love off the field, I say go for it. It is strange that guys can totally rub up against each other, grab each others asses and hug in sports games and because these two share an intimate couple of seconds it is National news. Leave them to be happy and quit making a simple affair mainstream news (they will come out when they are ready).

    Posted by: Carlos | Sep 19, 2007 9:06:15 AM

  10. After repeatedly seeing actions like this in sports although in Europe nothing is said about it, I believe that these guys just have an affection for one another like families/couples do. I think when you work/play and whatever 24/7 you just kind of develop a relationship that is almost that of a couple. It happened to me once and I was surprised as was the other person. And it just developed from long hours of work and play and living in the same building. We saw each other all the time!
    I mean watch a game the players are manhandling themselves, each other, etc. just as if no one else is around. Thats how comfortable they are w/each other!

    Posted by: bob | Sep 19, 2007 9:14:28 AM

  11. Football players are slappin each others a$$es all day long. What's a little kiss on the cheek? Seriously though, that shouldn't cause up that much of a stir. I'm sure there are much larger issues to deal with in college athletics then a peck on the cheek.

    Posted by: James | Sep 24, 2007 12:44:09 AM

  12. It's only bad if you're a X-tian.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Oct 30, 2007 6:29:45 PM

  13. When a person goes through hard times with another person there is a permanent bond of respect between the two individuals. Regardless of the sex or gender there is a spiritual bond. Instead of looking at the act in a sexual manner, we should be encouraged that a troubled individual who was kicked off the team was rehabilitated by simply being around Tebow. It also shows that Joiner is able to show love and affection for someone who helped him. Look at Joiner and Tebow! They look like male models. They are beautiful people who suffer from no identity crises.

    Posted by: Willie | Sep 30, 2009 6:30:33 PM


    Posted by: josh | Nov 14, 2011 6:26:57 PM

  15. if in any case of another kissing scenes then don't doubt it. it's not even a big deal we all know that there are some people exist called third sex but let's not judge them cause they can also feel hopeless of people's disciminations.

    Posted by: philwebservices | Jan 12, 2012 12:49:47 AM

  16. Tebow is disgusting. His views are disgusting and his level of stupidity is disgusting. He is a total FAKE.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 21, 2012 1:03:15 AM

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