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Tim Tebow Can't Talk About Same-Sex Marriage


As Sally Quinn (who fawns over the Focus on the Family-supporting Denver Broncos player like a smitten teenager) notes in this WaPo profile, his publicist won't let him answer a question about same-sex marriage:

There is something very beguiling about Tebow. He seems almost an unmolded adolescent who is just beginning to think for himself, examine his life, and ask questions. He is open and friendly with a good sense of humor. It’s hard to imagine such innocence in someone his age and in his field, but talking to him, it’s hard to believe it isn’t genuine. When asked questions he clearly has not been asked before, he ponders and tries to respond as openly and honestly as he can. Only once, when asked about same-sex marriage, did his publicist, on the other end of the phone, protectively jump in to object that that was off message.

The article positions Tebow as a good Christian role model. But as one commenter on the WaPo love letter notes, "Until Tim Tebow distances himself from the hatred aimed at millions of Americans (including quite a few gay teens that end up killing themselves), he has no credibility as a role model."

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  1. Oh, Sally Quinn, that was a truly disgusting display.

    Posted by: MacroT | Jun 30, 2011 7:38:05 AM

  2. Hopefully this "unmolded adolescent who is just beginning to think for himself" will do just that, instead of succumbing to Christian brainwashing.

    Posted by: Alan Bennett Ilagan | Jun 30, 2011 7:54:49 AM

  3. Poor little Timmy wants to be a role model.

    He's a football player. He picks things up, he puts them down. He isn't supposed to think for himself.

    Let's let him try to be a role model in 10 years when he retires from sports, has bad knees, and is showing the first signs of dementia pugilistica like a lot of other players.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Jun 30, 2011 8:09:06 AM

  4. He is a child.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 30, 2011 8:17:18 AM

  5. when he comes out and plays as a gay quarterback in the NFL then maybe he can become a role model

    Posted by: chris | Jun 30, 2011 8:23:05 AM

  6. He isn't really thinking for himself. He is just repeating what he has been told by his Fundamentalist family and church.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 30, 2011 8:38:34 AM

  7. Yep, he was taught beginning at an early age that LGBT folk are bad people. Since his background became known years ago, I've had no more respect for him than this "good Christian" has for me. End.of.story.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jun 30, 2011 8:57:14 AM

  8. If you even remotely subscribe to the notion that someone ever Atoned for your sins, or needed to, then you're not thinking for yourself at all.

    Posted by: uffda | Jun 30, 2011 9:00:11 AM

  9. I thought Tebow played football--why is Quinn throwing him softball questions?

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Jun 30, 2011 9:08:54 AM

  10. @JackM you hit the nail on the head; and it reminded me of that song from the musical South Pacific: "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught". It's amazing that people aren't making the connection that this issue is the result of prejudices being passed down.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 30, 2011 9:13:53 AM

  11. I used to think he was cute. He's starting to look like a weird alien...

    Posted by: ColinATL | Jun 30, 2011 9:30:11 AM

  12. More and more entertainment personalities in Film, Television, and Stage are coming out, along with more Politicians and the Military, the world of professional Sports is the last "taboo"; slowly, sports figures are 'stepping up to the plate' (no pun intended) to speak out for equality. Just as the pioneers did with inter-racial teams, so they will with sexual orientation. It WILL take time, but it IS beginning to happen.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 30, 2011 9:36:44 AM

  13. Just a prettyboy who needs to grow up.

    Posted by: X | Jun 30, 2011 9:56:59 AM

  14. *massive eye-roll*

    the dude is a dunce.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 30, 2011 10:28:13 AM

  15. X pretty? With that nose? Close together eyes?


    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 30, 2011 10:59:55 AM

  16. I don't normally comment on people's appearances, but either that's a bad photo or he's /really/ not aging well. But supposing he doesn't grow up into a better message and continues to represent bigotry, at least he won't be luring people in with his looks.

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 30, 2011 12:08:29 PM

  17. this is a man who has real problems, he is a spokesman for jockey and won't even let himself be photographed in jockey shorts. real man like jim palmer, raffa nadal, david beckham and ronaldo christiano had no problem with their manhood. what's the problem tiny tim.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 30, 2011 12:22:19 PM

  18. Every time Sally Quinn gets mentioned I think "Who is she screwing to still have a job at the post?" And then I think, "Oh yeah. Him."

    I am quite sure everyone at the Post is embarassed each time they see her by-line.

    Now on too Tim Tebow. His story about his mom not having an abortion when the doctors told her to do so it quite heart warming. I glad things worked out for him (and her). But I have a friend whose sister was also told not to have a child for medical reasons. And she died (a long slow death). So I object to him wanting to force his personal views on the public. I firmly believe in choice. My friend's sister chose to have a baby. And she faced the consequences. Tim Tebow's mom chose to have a child. Why does he want to take away other people right to choose?

    But the cramming your choices down other people's throats is a common practice. The concept that if you don't believe in same sex marriage then don't marry someone of the same sex doesn't enter into the minds of the religious right.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jun 30, 2011 1:07:28 PM

  19. I don't trust him when it comes to the equal rights debate. Not because he's a Christian (I have friends who are Christian who support allowing gay people to marry), but with the company he associates with.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 30, 2011 1:18:53 PM

  20. I praise both Charlie and Sam for posting sensitive, thoughtful comments on this topic. And some of these other posters are calling Tebow immature? Puhleeze.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Jun 30, 2011 1:40:08 PM

  21. I think Tim Tebow is just a little bit too old to be described as an "unmolded adolescent". The guy is emotionally retarded as most evangelicals are. He promotes a religion that is rooted in bigotry and misogyny. Seldom do I pray, but in his case, I pray he fails at pro football--spectacularly.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 30, 2011 2:53:04 PM

  22. scared of someone that has convictions? what a laughable little waste of an article.

    Posted by: Luke | Jun 30, 2011 4:09:03 PM

  23. You are all a bunch of jealous fruits. What a bunch of petty insults. You can't take him down though you wish he would fall.

    Posted by: tampagator | Jun 30, 2011 5:10:48 PM

  24. Wow,unless this is a fake anti Tebow blog... more PURE HATE here against TT than Timmy can hold on the head of a pin. If this is a real blog, you should be ashamed. Never seen such vehemence....You are not any better than those you accuse.

    Posted by: jobe | Jun 30, 2011 5:32:46 PM

  25. LUKE, TAMPAGATOR, JOBE, you three are incredibly blind. All of the comments are right on.

    Posted by: nikko | Jun 30, 2011 6:15:08 PM

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