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Feds seize counterfeit Tim Tebow jerseys

Tebow-mania has spread from Florida to Denver and is now catching on with Chinese counterfeiters.

The Tampa Tribune is reporting that U.S. Customs & Border Protection in Tampa seized $8,175 in counterfeit sports jerseys arriving from China last week, including several No. 15 Denver Broncos jerseys with Tim Tebow’s last name on the back.

The jerseys looked more or less like officially licensed NFL merchandise, but they weren’t.

They were good quality [counterfeits], and they had the hologram that you’re supposed to have on the official garment,” Customs & Border Protection spokesman Daniel Keefe said.

Knockoff jerseys are illegal, and the feds say they could even be flammable. So if you don’t want to catch fire, you’re probably better off spending the extra money for the real thing.

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  1. robert ethen says: May 21, 2010 4:37 PM

    No tailgating in Tebow jerseys. By order of the Fire Marshall’s Office.

  2. robert ethen says: May 21, 2010 4:40 PM

    If the tailgaters run out of beef and burgers they can always light up the nearest slob wearing a Tebow jersey.

  3. The Real Shuxion says: May 21, 2010 4:42 PM

    Now if these jerseys were from a different country and were bringing drugs into the country, would the President lambaste the people who tried to stop them?
    Hypothetically speaking of course.

  4. daffx4 says: May 21, 2010 4:42 PM

    Can I get a counterfiet Florio jersey?

  5. The Wishbone says: May 21, 2010 4:42 PM

    How are knockoff jerseys illegal? They’re not worth 1/10th of the price. It should be illegal for a grown man to walk around in a jersey.

  6. The Real Shuxion says: May 21, 2010 4:43 PM

    90% of the people wearing these jerseys catch on fire normally from ‘Lighting Shit off with fireworks’.

  7. Topher says: May 21, 2010 4:46 PM

    Oh snap! Had a hologram AND flammable?! How do I know whether the Tebow jersey my cousin got me for my birthday is real?
    What am I supposed to wear when I light my farts now?

  8. TFBuckFutter says: May 21, 2010 4:50 PM

    Tebow should buy one.
    It would go well with his counterfeit morality*.
    *I don’t know that for a fact, I’m just basing that assumption on the numerous other athletes and entertainers (and of course, evangelists and politicians) who put on the same facade and are almost all inevitably exposed.

  9. Return to Festivus says: May 21, 2010 4:50 PM

    The Wishbone says:
    May 21, 2010 4:42 PM
    How are knockoff jerseys illegal? They’re not worth 1/10th of the price. It should be illegal for a grown man to walk around in a jersey.
    I agree, it should be illegal to charge someone 200$ for an authentic Jersey…

  10. rjgreen3 says: May 21, 2010 4:50 PM

    it’s all bout the benjamins$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  11. Gregjennings85 says: May 21, 2010 4:51 PM

    Tim Tebow hysteria:
    Providing job security for child laborers the world-over.

  12. Slow Joe says: May 21, 2010 4:51 PM

    YEAH! GREAT JOB! Wouldn’t want the multi multi millionaires to be somehow making less money on jersey sales.
    So, anyone know how I can apply for food stamps?

  13. John El Way says: May 21, 2010 4:51 PM

    Right, because REAL jerseys don’t burn.
    “Authentic” Jerseys are made in korea. Its not like they are “better”, the NFL just has a contract with them. ALL clothing is flammable, unless you buy FR clothing. FR clothing does not ignite and continue to burn.

  14. prophet of the light says: May 21, 2010 4:52 PM

    Even Jesus couldn’t do that.

  15. seaner44 says: May 21, 2010 4:53 PM

    So if you don’t want to catch fire, you’re probably better off spending the extra money for the real thing.
    Right?!?
    And if you don’t want to drown you should probably not swim

  16. Drat says: May 21, 2010 4:53 PM

    What? There’s a counterfeit Tebow out there who has a jersey? Cripes, I’ll buy that. Does the counterfeit Tebow believe in God shining down upon him?

  17. GurpBadesha says: May 21, 2010 4:54 PM

    ahh looks like im out of BUSINESS this season!

  18. Evpimp says: May 21, 2010 4:55 PM

    A REAL TEBOW JERSEY SHOULD BE ILLEGAL!
    Also the person wearing should be put in Jail for thinking he is going to be any good!
    TeBlow= Jemarcus BUST

  19. shukey11 says: May 21, 2010 4:55 PM

    The only thing flammable is the people who would wear a Tebow jersey.

  20. CleanSlaton says: May 21, 2010 4:59 PM

    It’s a good thing that nobody will be wearing those knock-off 4th string QB’s jerseys.
    Nice try, China.
    Tebow sucks.

  21. HarrisonHits says: May 21, 2010 4:59 PM

    “the feds say they could even be flammable. So if you don’t want to catch fire, you’re probably better off spending the extra money for the real thing.”
    Yeah right, and if you put a lighter to an approved jersey it won’t catch on fire ? Let’s just stick to the real reason they were seized for.

  22. daffx4 says: May 21, 2010 5:03 PM

    Evpimp — Atleast Tebow wasn’t #1 overall!

  23. hay1111 says: May 21, 2010 5:04 PM

    if it looks exactly the same with the hologram & crap, yaaay for the consumer! piss on the nfl, they charge enough as it is for everything. this is a perk for too many years of having to pay full price for pre-season game tickets with my season ticket package

  24. Phreakin says: May 21, 2010 5:07 PM

    Evpimp – Kind of hard for Tebow to bust like JaMarcus did. Tebow isn’t even close to a first round, first overall pick.
    And come up with something better than Teblow. What are you 5?

  25. TFBuckFutter says: May 21, 2010 5:07 PM

    “The Real Shuxion says:
    May 21, 2010 4:43 PM
    90% of the people wearing these jerseys catch on fire normally from ‘Lighting Shit off with fireworks’.”
    Effing classic.
    “John El Way says:
    May 21, 2010 4:51 PM
    Right, because REAL jerseys don’t burn.
    “Authentic” Jerseys are made in korea. Its not like they are “better”, the NFL just has a contract with them. ALL clothing is flammable, unless you buy FR clothing. FR clothing does not ignite and continue to burn.”
    The funny thing is, the children making the knockoff jerseys in China are probably paid more than the children making the “official” jersey in Korea.

  26. TampaJoey says: May 21, 2010 5:08 PM

    Warning: knockoff jersey’s fund terrorism and contribute to global warming.
    This message brought to by the Department of Homeland Security and mind control.

  27. TampaJoey says: May 21, 2010 5:10 PM

    Maybe U.S. Customs should give the jersey’s to BP to stuff in that oil well that’s been polluting the Gulf for a month.

  28. jimicos says: May 21, 2010 5:10 PM

    “Knockoff jerseys are illegal, and the feds say they could even be flammable.”
    Oh, there were Favre Packer jerseys in there as well?

  29. DeVoodoo says: May 21, 2010 5:13 PM

    The sleeves were optimized for long, slow, looping throwing mechanics.

  30. chadgoy says: May 21, 2010 5:13 PM

    So what you’re telling me is that I’m gonna be unable to burn my Jamarcus Russell jersey? Unless it’s a chinese ripoff

  31. dannymac17 says: May 21, 2010 5:22 PM

    Flammable is the only type of jersey I like.
    If its a hot day in San Diego, I can just burn my shirt off rather than removing it normally.

  32. Rasta says: May 21, 2010 5:30 PM

    God will light up those fake Tebow jerseys just as he will one day light up that hypocrite Tebow.

  33. 2000TJ says: May 21, 2010 5:40 PM

    If the NFL would lower their price for their jerseys then the market wouldn’t exist.

  34. robert ethen says: May 21, 2010 5:49 PM

    Tebow gets lots of photo ops visiting burn wards.

  35. dustindmw says: May 21, 2010 5:51 PM

    It should be illegal for them to charge so much for jerseys. If someone else can do it cheaper then they should be allowed to. Yeah, I know the rights belong to the NFL and all that blah blah blah, but still.

  36. heroinmonkey says: May 21, 2010 5:55 PM

    Way to go Obama!
    You have the federal government preventing illegal garments from crossing our borders, but do nothing to prevent illegal immigrants, not to mention drugs and things that are detrimental to the country. I was wondering why Obama wasn’t calling the FBI racists like he has been calling the State of Arizona for enforcing a federal law.

  37. GurpBadesha says: May 21, 2010 5:56 PM

    my shit in a toilet bowl looks better than the knock off jerseys! Speaking of shits… BRB

  38. Mean D says: May 21, 2010 6:05 PM

    Gotta love the Tebow haters. Especially the geniuses that guaranteed he wouldn’t be drafted before round 7. Mental giants.

  39. boltmancraft says: May 21, 2010 6:06 PM

    8 thousand WHOLE dollars??? Boy, those Feds are really on the case.

  40. Brewster says: May 21, 2010 6:07 PM

    # DeVoodoo says: May 21, 2010 5:13 PM
    The sleeves were optimized for long, slow, looping throwing mechanics.
    _____________________
    Very funny comment.

  41. Jon Snow says: May 21, 2010 6:16 PM

    Remember, counterfeit jersey’s don’t kill people; Tim Tebow kills people.

  42. JoeSixPack says: May 21, 2010 6:56 PM

    I’ve been to some games in Denver in December where a jersey that readilly catches on fire would be welcome.

  43. GoBrowns19 says: May 21, 2010 7:00 PM

    Ah sooo….timtebow, yes timtebow….we make timtebow jersey and send to amelica. They buy timtebow.

  44. toddmitchell116 says: May 21, 2010 7:21 PM

    no wonder why all the US Customs Agents have been rockin Tebow Jerseys lately!

  45. Occam says: May 21, 2010 7:21 PM

    The knockoff jerseys lack the special panel of the authentic ones that won’t allow anyone to pierce the wearer’s side.

  46. TFBuckFutter says: May 21, 2010 7:31 PM

    “GoBrowns19 says:
    May 21, 2010 7:00 PM
    Ah sooo….timtebow, yes timtebow….we make timtebow jersey and send to amelica. They buy timtebow.”
    Hilarious. I bet you can do a really good Habib from 7-11 too, eh superstar?

  47. Marshal Tim says: May 21, 2010 7:49 PM

    It’s amazing. Our Federal Government catch counterfeit NFL jerseys, for the NFL. But they can’t stop oil leak in the Gulf.

  48. Philtration says: May 21, 2010 7:50 PM

    What is the problem with counterfeit jerseys when your drafted a counterfeit QB?

  49. rayray1284 says: May 21, 2010 8:16 PM

    its because tebow fans are flammers

  50. dafish says: May 21, 2010 8:35 PM

    Philtration says:
    May 21, 2010 7:50 PM
    What is the problem with counterfeit jerseys when your drafted a counterfeit QB?
    Funny stuff

  51. footballpoem says: May 21, 2010 8:45 PM

    i’m going to laugh when tebow turns out to be a halfway decent QB. look at all the positive hype surrounding previous 1st rounders who turned into busts. now think about all the negative hype surrounding tebow. people tend to overcome adversity in strange ways. just sayin’.
    p.s. not a tebow fan.
    AND
    Marshal Tim says:
    May 21, 2010 7:49 PM
    It’s amazing. Our Federal Government catch counterfeit NFL jerseys, for the NFL. But they can’t stop oil leak in the Gulf.
    You’re just stupid for that comment.

  52. trickbunny says: May 21, 2010 8:58 PM

    If the Feds decide to go after counterfeit NFL QBs, Tebow himself will be in trouble.

  53. trickbunny says: May 21, 2010 9:00 PM

    “Waaaahhh! Oil in the Gulf!”
    “Waaaahhh!!! Obama is letting illegal aliens in!”
    It’s really annoying and retarded that I have to read this shit on a FOOTBALL website. If you little girls want to argue politics, go to a political website. Jesus…

  54. Rasta says: May 21, 2010 9:04 PM

    Great work FBI my kids can’t buy a fake Tebow jersey, but they can buy all the Mexican crystal meth they want.

  55. steely devil hab says: May 21, 2010 9:23 PM

    You hard earned tax dollars at work here; running down those anti-american godless t-shirt makers, producing $900 hammers at defense contactors, buying clothes for Sarah Palin and sending trillions to the banks.
    Health care? Schools?
    Those are for socialists…remember – freedom isn’t free…(and BTW – we’re going to define what freedom is, for you – OK?)

  56. ceetown22 says: May 21, 2010 9:31 PM

    how about a little explanation on WHY the jerseys might be flammable, or at least a link to the original story…
    and maybe just maybe a little info or something important… were they all in one batch? or multiple packages? a bunch of ebayers? how about why the feds thought to seize these particular package(s)( cuz I’m not sure if it should be plural) I can pretty much draw a hundred conclusions from the way you wrote this story…
    8K in jerseys that aren’t even all tebow jerseys, why even use his name in the title, shit it’s not even that many to seize or a large amount of money, why the report…
    HAIL SKINS!

  57. TFBuckFutter says: May 21, 2010 9:41 PM

    “footballpoem says:
    May 21, 2010 8:45 PM
    i’m going to laugh when tebow turns out to be a halfway decent QB.”
    So, if he turns out to be half as good as an average QB, that will be shattering expectations substantially enough to elicit a laugh out of you?
    Because I think you’ve badly misread most people’s expectations.
    We all expect him to be half as good as average.

  58. bbillsfan01 says: May 21, 2010 10:03 PM

    Total Bull Sh*t.
    The jerseys from China are good, nay, great quality and are a decent price rather than the screened-on crap that the NFL sells for $79.95 each.
    Use your resources to keep the low-lifes south of the border out of this country and not spending your time f*ing the NFL fan who doesn’t want to pay $250.00 for a jersey.

  59. jimicos says: May 21, 2010 10:07 PM

    heroinmonkey says:
    May 21, 2010 5:55 PM
    Way to go Obama!
    You have the federal government preventing illegal garments from crossing our borders, but do nothing to prevent illegal immigrants, not to mention drugs and things that are detrimental to the country. I was wondering why Obama wasn’t calling the FBI racists like he has been calling the State of Arizona for enforcing a federal law.
    ————————
    Exactly. He’s more concerned about the illegal jerseys crossing the border than the illegal immigrants wearing them.
    “Take off the shirt and you can stay. The line for government handouts starts at your left.”

  60. brasho says: May 21, 2010 10:27 PM

    Actually, the official NFL jerseys were/are made in El Salvador.
    I bought a couple jerseys from China… I compared them to my authentic NFL jerseys and… they were identical.. all the way down to the “Made in El Salvador” tag. The China jerseys might even have been a tad better.
    The best part was that including shipping I only paid $45 and when compared to the offical jerseys at $279… I’ll give my business to China everytime. Considering how expensive the authentics are, and how crappy the $79 replicas are, I’ll never buy another “official” NFL jersey again.

  61. gogobox says: May 21, 2010 11:28 PM

    90% of the people wearing a TEBOW jerseys catch on fire normally …. FLAMERS

  62. Howie Handles says: May 22, 2010 2:02 AM

    Some really funny posts tonight. Apparently it does pay to catch the late show on here.

  63. COBB says: May 22, 2010 2:28 AM

    GurpBadesha says:
    May 21, 2010 5:56 PM
    my shit in a toilet bowl looks better than the knock off jerseys! Speaking of shits… BRB
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    That would explain WHY you married your wife.

  64. texasPHINSfan says: May 22, 2010 4:03 AM

    I will buy fakes and replicas all day long over the real thing.
    there is no way it costs Reebok, Addidas, (or whomever the supplier is this year) $100+ to make that thing. The profit margins are like 300% on jerseys.
    I only wear them on gamedays for a few hours. i’ll live with being flammable and save $70+

  65. Tetsuo says: May 22, 2010 5:51 AM

    $8,175 in counterfeit sports jerseys. So if you figure $100 a jersey for fakes, about 82 jerseys. WOW. OMG. And “SEVERAL” of them were TEBOW jerseys. OMG. CALL CNN! CALL THE NEW YORK TIMES!
    Yawn.

  66. shaslers says: May 22, 2010 7:59 AM

    Story follow-up: U.S. Customs & Border Protection representatives who seized the $8,175 worth of jerseys have handed the counterfeit merchandise over to outraged NFL officials, who plan on selling them on NFLshop.com for $81,750.
    What’s more pathetic? Citing the fire hazard as justification? Or the NFL charging $80 for cheesy, plastic “replica” jerseys worth $8.50, or charging $180 for “authentic” togs worth $28?
    Coming in 2011: PJL’s. Fans wishing to own their favorite player’s jersey will be required to first shell out $250 for a Personal Jersey License. PJL’s entitle the holder to purchase an unlimited number of NFL authentics online, plus $29.90 shipping and handling.
    Anyone in pro sports not have his greasy hand in my pocket?

  67. GirthyOne says: May 22, 2010 9:13 AM

    So, is it possible that the Koreans are buying jerseys from the Chinese and just marking them up? HMMMMMMMMMMMM?

  68. Pier588 says: May 22, 2010 9:54 AM

    Hero-in-monkey X jimcos
    __________________
    TheUnRealSucksion = The Triple Turd Quotient
    F**king ID-10-t’s – This is a FOOTBALL blog.
    As the trickbunny sez:
    “It’s really annoying and retarded that I have to read this shit on a FOOTBALL website. If you little girls want to argue politics, go to a political website. Jesus…”

  69. jimicos says: May 24, 2010 11:23 AM

    Pier588 says:
    May 22, 2010 9:54 AM
    Hero-in-monkey X jimcos
    __________________
    TheUnRealSucksion = The Triple Turd Quotient
    F**king ID-10-t’s – This is a FOOTBALL blog.
    As the trickbunny sez:
    “It’s really annoying and retarded that I have to read this shit on a FOOTBALL website. If you little girls want to argue politics, go to a political website. Jesus…”
    —————————
    Normally I’m right there with you. I’m usually one of those guys saying, “Thanks a lot for injecting politics where none was needed.”
    But in this case there was a tangential tie-in to politics–the Arizona immigration law. At any rate, would it make you happy if I invited you to kiss my ass? I could certainly extend an invitation if it’s warranted.

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  71. WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 25, 2010 9:49 AM

    are all products in America made in China anyway?

  72. drcool says: Jun 4, 2010 6:02 PM

    I hate seeing knockoffs. Pretty much if you see a replica jersey for less than $79.95 you can be sure it is a knockoff. Unless it is a clearance item of something like that.
    You can get authentic, licensed Tim Tebow jerseys from an official NFL retailer at http://www.nfl-football-jerseys.com/tim_tebow_jerseys.htm

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