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A tale of two athletes: Collins praised while Tebow panned

CaptureIn the politically correct world of sports today, it is no surprise that the media went crazy in praising Jason Collins, the first gay professional athlete to go public.

Collins is a 7 foot free agent center who is a 34 year old journeyman in the NBA. After his announcement, Collins was greeted with overwhelming support. He received a phone call from both President Obama and former President Clinton. Among the thousands of supportive tweets he received were positive messages from the First Lady and his college classmate Chelsea Clinton. Collins was besieged by requests for media interviews and had to admit that he was humbled by the strong show of encouragement.

Collins does not have to worry about any type of discrimination. As an openly gay professional athlete, Collins will be given more opportunities in the NBA and will likely receive lucrative endorsement deals. His career as a personality will go into overdrive, even while his playing career winds down.

In the meantime, evangelical Christian athlete Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets. Although he was signed with much fanfare, Tebow was never given a chance by the Jets, even though he could have contributed to a team that struggled last year. After being released by the Jets, Tebow declined an opportunity to criticize the team, instead he tweeted a quote from the Bible. This was another indication of Tebow’s character and class, qualities rarely seen in the world of professional sports.

In the aftermath of Tebow’s release, plenty of so-called sports experts were quick to criticize the quarterback. They said he had limited talent, could not throw the ball accurately and had a style that did not mesh with the NFL. Such comments are ridiculous for Tebow clearly has plenty of ability. At the Florida Gators, he won the Heisman Trophy and led the team to two national championships. He set numerous SEC records by accounting for 145 overall touchdowns, 57 rushing touchdowns, 12,232 yards of total offense and a passing efficiency of 170.8.

After his stellar college career, Tebow was a 1st round draft pick by the Denver Broncos. In his second year, Tebow took over the starting job when the team was 1-4. Tebow led the team to the playoffs and engineered a victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.When the Broncos signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets and the rest is history.

Throughout his brief NFL career, Tebow has been the subject of unfair criticism. It seems his Christian beliefs were a lightning rod for the sports media. Tebow has been maligned and ridiculed from the moment he was drafted in the NFL. He has been criticized for being a strong Christian and wearing his faith on his sleeve.

It seems Tebow is controversial for no other reason than he is a strong Christian. He does not cause problems with other teammates or get into trouble with the law. He sets a great example for youngsters and has the type of values that should be welcomed in every locker room.

Hopefully, at least one NFL team will have the courage to sign an athlete with tremendous heart, unquestionable talent and a track record of success. Hopefully, at least one NFL team will not be intimidated by the politically correct environment that discriminates against people of faith.

If Tebow is still without a team by the start of the next football season, there will be no doubt that discrimination exists today in the world of professional sports; however, it is not directed against gay athletes, instead it is directed against devout Christians like Tim Tebow.

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4 Comments to “A tale of two athletes: Collins praised while Tebow panned”

    Clay said:
    May 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    This is absurd. I suppose all of those sports writers are part of a huge anti-Christian conspiracy. Like evolution and global warming. There have been many openly religious athletes. They didn't get cut for it. You play good, the team wins, you stay.This is typical persecution complex.

    Clay said:
    May 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Truth is, it's all about Christian myths about homosexuality. If Jason Collins hadn't come out, nothing would have been said about Tivo. Collins did NOT choose to be gay. He is NOT a perv, doomed to hell by your god. Many Christians were on the wrong side of history on slavery. The Southern Baptist were founded when the Northern Baptist denounced slavery. You guys need to step around to the right side of history on this civil rights issue.

    JeanBurlamaqui said:
    May 4, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Homosexuality is not deserving of the approbation of man. We can not overlook condemning those, who, through their own bad use of their faculties, are vicious to the good and perfection of the human system.

    Robert Karma said:
    May 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Tim Tebow was a great college player but he does not have the skill set to play QB in the NFL system. A team would have to devote their entire offense to his specific style and none of them will do that because you would have to trade for and draft totally different players. Then if Tebow is hurt who do you have as his backup that can run his system? The NFL is the ultimate meritocracy where if you can play and be successful you will be signed by a team because winning is the bottom line. Tebow has garnered slavish attention from the media especially ESPN which devotes a disproportionate amount of coverage to the praise and promotion of Tim Tebow. It is because of Tebow's outspoken faith while not being a NFL caliber QB that gets him criticized. If Tebow truly believed his Bible and God he would humble himself and become a back or Tight End where he would shine and be very successful in the NFL. Obviously Tebow suffers from the sin of Pride and it will keep him out of the NFL until he can accept that he is not ordained by the Almighty to be a starting QB in the league. The crocodile tears of the Tebow apologists are too funny considering how Christians are a privileged majority in the US. Tim Tebow has never been oppressed or denied a job opportunity because of his religious faith. There are a plethora of very vocal and conservative Christians in the NFL. I remember when former Super Bowl winning QB Kurt Warner was in all over the media promoting his conservative Christian beliefs. Funny how he didn't lose his job until his skills slipped and then he still wound up in Arizona given the opportunity to start and he took advantage of it until he retired. I don't know of any Christian athlete or coach who has been denied opportunities in the NFL because of their faith. This persecution complex by some Christians would be funny if it wasn't so harmful to those who have truly suffered discrimination and oppression by our society like the GLBT community. Just like it was a big deal when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the MLB, it is a big deal that Jason Collins publicly announced his sexual orientation while still an NBA player. He is at the end of his career and may not be signed next season but he broke down the barrier that has been in place far too long that stigmatized gay men who play professional sports as being inferior, soft, a detriment to their teams, etc. Collins has been known for his strong and aggressive defense and never backed down from a challenge on the court. He stands in opposition to those who want to stereotype gay male athletes as pansies or worse. One day we will have progressed enough in our society when a GLBT athlete can openly play a major professional sport and no one will care but that day is still years off in the future. It took many years for African-American athletes to be accepted into professional sports and it wasn't an easy transition but it had to be made and now it is hard to remember what all of the fuss was about. I look forward to the day this is true for the GLBT community. But enough with this persecution fantasy Tebow supporters. Tebow has worldwide fame and great wealth thanks to his time in the NFL. Tebow can have a long and successful career in the NFL if he so chooses that being a team player is more important than his ego and self-glorification.

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