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Minor League G.M. apologizes for trolling Tim Tebow

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If you haven’t heard, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has been playing minor league baseball. Tebow, who still plays for the Class A Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies recently traveled to Charleston for three games against the RiverDogs.

The RiverDogs opted to poke some good-natured fun at the superstar’s presence, playing the chorus of “Hallelujah” when he came to bat, putting eye strips with “John 3:16” on the team’s mascot, and introducing every other Firefly who went to the plate as “not Tim Tebow,” with a picture of Tebow crying at the 2009 SEC title game in the background. It was all pretty funny, a little creative, and part of the wacky ways of baseball’s minor leagues.

Apparently, one or more Tebowmaniacs disagreed, objecting to the antics on social media. Which prompted the team’s General Manager to issue an apology.

“While we believe that our promotions were poking fun at Mr. Tebow’s celebrity status rather than his religion or baseball career, our intent was not to offend anyone, and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry,” Dave Echols wrote in a statement issued to the Charleston Post & Courier. “Of the many promotional pieces that we executed, there were a handful on Friday’s game that some construed as in poor taste, and we made it a focus to remove those elements and celebrate Mr. Tebow the remainder of his time in Charleston.”

Echols has not been attacked by a swarm of locusts or frogs since issuing his apology.

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22 Responses to “Minor League G.M. apologizes for trolling Tim Tebow”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:12 PM

    Lol sad that Americans have become so thin skinned.

    Oh noes oh noes they made fun of Tim Tebow oh noes!!!!

    People make fun of each other all the time, its human nature. It wasn’t done in a nasty fashion, and its minor league baseball where they do all kinds of crazy stuff.

    SMH

  2. minnesoulja says: Jun 21, 2017 2:16 PM

    I find it truly troubling and sad how quickly pop culture in America will jump on a good man for having beliefs and trying to spread a positive and uplifting message of hope, forgiveness and love. You will celebrate and glorify people who live with no regard for themselves or others, but Tim Tebow, yeah he deserves ridicule and shame.

    Honestly it’s probably a good thing he is such a decent man, a lesser target may have decided not to turn the other cheek and found this “Echols” guy for a little man to man time.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:26 PM

    Gotta say-after the hundreds of Kaepernick articles, I don’t really mind the occasional Tebow piece. At least the guy from Florida is by all accounts a decent human being regardless of what you think of his religious views.

    In the end though, both Tebow and Kaep were poor NFL QBs so at least they have that in common.

    Can we get a Johnny Football story to complete the trifecta?

  4. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:45 PM

    Introducing the other players as “not Tim Tebow” is hilarious if you ask me.

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 21, 2017 2:50 PM

    There was absolutely nothing offensive about what they did. The mascot thing was silly, and the “Not Tim Tebow” thing was clever and funny.

    So what were they apologizing for?

  6. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 21, 2017 2:53 PM

    minnesoulja says:
    Jun 21, 2017 2:16 PM
    I find it truly troubling and sad how quickly pop culture in America will jump on a good man for having beliefs and trying to spread a positive and uplifting message of hope, forgiveness and love. You will celebrate and glorify people who live with no regard for themselves or others, but Tim Tebow, yeah he deserves ridicule and shame.
    ——–

    Who is ridiculing and shaming him? Did you read the article before you posted? Which of the actions taken by team did you take as being anything more than good natured ribbing?

  7. jim111111 says: Jun 21, 2017 2:59 PM

    Finally a decent apology. I think it is funny how they always say “if I offended anyone, I am sorry”. Clearly you offended someone or you wouldn’t be making an apology.
    Maybe you did not intend to offend or maybe you don’t think anyone should have been offended, but someone was offended. So “for the fact we did offend” is much better.

  8. borbinski says: Jun 21, 2017 3:03 PM

    Tim is trying to live a dream. hope he took it in good humor, good sports stay in the own dugout.

  9. droppedinagreasefire says: Jun 21, 2017 3:09 PM

    Did Timmy cry?

  10. edenprairieballer says: Jun 21, 2017 3:10 PM

    Mocking a persons faith is ok as long as they are a white Christian….. says the left.

  11. canetic says: Jun 21, 2017 3:10 PM

    Someone is always offended. In fact, you aren’t being funny if nobody is offended.

  12. santaclarasantaclaus says: Jun 21, 2017 3:17 PM

    I bet Tim thought it was funny.

  13. All-American Voltron says: Jun 21, 2017 3:38 PM

    there’s a difference between satirizing Tebow’s celebrity status compared to everyone else (“not Tim Tebow”) and just being mean (showing pics of him crying, mocking his Christianity with music and John 3:16). The team crossed the line in attacking a single player from an opponent’s team in ways that show they have genuine hostility. Lame …

  14. niners816 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:43 PM

    You know what the best part about all this is? Tim Tebow forgave them and will pray for them. Tebow is a God fearing Christian and a good dude. There needs to be more Tim Tebow’s in this world. God bless you, Tim!

  15. liner113 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:47 PM

    If you don’t want your beliefs laughed at, don’t believe funny things.

  16. zeke2517 says: Jun 21, 2017 4:11 PM

    “You know what the best part about all this is? Tim Tebow forgave them and will pray for them. Tebow is a God fearing Christian and a good dude. There needs to be more Tim Tebow’s in this world. God bless you, Tim!”

    You nuts really put too much stock in this guy. It’s kind of sad.

  17. Purple People Eaters says: Jun 21, 2017 4:15 PM

    Personally, I thought using John 3:16 to poke fun was gong too far, but introducing every other player as “not Tim Tebow” was pure genius.

  18. liner113 says: Jun 21, 2017 4:16 PM

    Ridicule is how we purge humanity of silly notions. Bravo, minor league baseball.

  19. niners816 says: Jun 21, 2017 4:22 PM

    zeke2517 says:
    Jun 21, 2017 4:11 PM
    “You know what the best part about all this is? Tim Tebow forgave them and will pray for them. Tebow is a God fearing Christian and a good dude. There needs to be more Tim Tebow’s in this world. God bless you, Tim!”

    You nuts really put too much stock in this guy. It’s kind of sad
    ——————
    I put my stock in to the Lord. I’ll pray for you, brother. 🙂

  20. jo6pack says: Jun 21, 2017 7:01 PM

    So they feel the need to issue an apology because a couple dumdums can’t figure out the difference between a tasteful joke and crossing a line?

    Smdh, America.

  21. ninespot says: Jun 21, 2017 7:24 PM

    The guy is batting .224 and leads the team in strikeouts after 200 AB’s. He should be the one apologizing for wasting a roster spot

  22. jklecko77hof says: Jun 21, 2017 8:11 PM

    Would they make fun of him if he was a devout Muslim?

    You know the answer…….

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