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Tim Tebow Called Out By ESPN Ombudsman, Compared To Stephen A. Smith

Tim Tebow Called Out By ESPN Ombudsman, Compared To Stephen A. Smith

Tim Tebow isn’t in the NFL anymore, but that hasn’t stopped him from being the league’s biggest lightning rods for criticism.

That was the case again this week, when in the wake of the Stephen A. Smith controversy, ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte couldn’t help getting in a shot at Tebow.

Smith had kicked up some controversy when he though the NFL’s punishment of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was too light. Rice had been arrested — but not charged — in a domestic violence incident with his then-fiance (who he has since married).

But in calling out Rice, Smith appeared to place blame on his fiance for the incident, saying, “Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions. If we come after somebody has put their hands on you, it doesn’t negate the fact that they already put their hands on you. So let’s try to make sure that we can do our part in making sure that that doesn’t happen.”

Lipsyte faulted Stephen A. Smith for his lackluster apology, which he compared unfavorably to Tim Tebow.

“[This] might be just as well; Smith’s attempts at coherency are often as exciting as Tim Tebow’s scrambling,” Lipsyte wrote.

Unprompted shots at Tim Tebow are nothing new. Earlier this year NFL referee Jim Daopoulus used Tebow as an example of inaccuracy when explaining a pass interference call.

“We as officials have always been taught, for a ball to be uncatchable, it has to be clearly out of the field of play or it has to be a kind of — I probably shouldn’t say this — a Tim Tebow-type pass that lands 15 yards in front of you,” he said.

But at least Tim Tebow has some defenders. This week his former college coach, Urban Meyer, said he believes Tebow should still have a place in on an NFL roster.

“I still don’t get that part of it,” Meyer said. “He’s the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football.”

Tim Tebow appears to be doing pretty well for himself, though. He took a job as an analyst at the new SEC Network, and recently bought a $1 million home near Jacksonville.

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8 Responses to “Tim Tebow Called Out By ESPN Ombudsman, Compared To Stephen A. Smith”

  1. Jessie Kropp

    When you stand up for what you believe in and you refuse to fold under the pressure by definition you are a MAN. Only wimps and cowards allow others to change their perception of what is truly right or wrong. Maybe Tebow should go out and get accused of double murder like Ray Lewis so the NFL will except him with open arms. They might even let him win an NFL ring then too. Makes me sick they let all those thug criminals come back and play.

  2. James Duke

    You know what's funny is this; if Tim was able to do what he did as an inaccurate WE then imagine what happens if he is accurate. The kid is in the developmental stage and the NFL knows it but won't give him a chance. No player in the history of the NFL has been attacked by media, other players, and NFL critics than this kid and it's wrong. This is bigger than football; they are trying to break him

  3. Todd Headlee

    The criticism Tim Tebow faces almost on a daily basis is nothing short of outrageous, mean-spirited, and completely unfair. The idea that this fine young man, one of the best role models I have seen in the sports world in years, would have to endure such negativity is mind-boggling. That being said, the true class that Tim has shown throughout it all — never so much as uttering a negative word back at a single one of his critics — is a true testament to this man's amazing character. Tim just keeps focused on a relentless "critics be damned" pursuit of his dream, and for that alone he is an inspiration. If Tim is being tested, then he has passed with flying colors. I pray that some smart head coach, GM, or team owner in the NFL has the vision to look past all the nonsense and give Tim Tebow the real chance he deserves.

  4. Chris Murphy

    I'll take one Tim Tebow over a thousand Michael Sams. It isn't just his skill on the football field. It is about what he does off the field. While the media and social Liberals "celebrate" Michael Sam for declaring who he likes to have sex with, Tebow is visiting sick children, supplying food to the poor, building hospitals in the Philippines and providing books and encouragement to prisoners. Yet, the media continues to mock the guy.

  5. Leland Williams Jr.

    Tebow was blackballed by the NFL Owners. The Jets hosed him, per their instructions. Idiots on ESPN just pick up the tune. Tebow should go to Dallas if the bad owner Jones is put on waivers. Cowboys need big time help, just like they did when another Christian, Tom Landry joined them.

  6. Leland Williams Jr.

    NFL owners happier if the guy from Baltimore or the guy from New England is on their teams. You know who I mean.