Minor League G.M. apologizes for trolling Tim Tebow

AP

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.

22 responses to “Minor League G.M. apologizes for trolling Tim Tebow

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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    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?

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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 …

  8. 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!

  9. “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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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