Controversy over Tebow joining the Jaguars

On May 20, Tim Tebow signed a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars to play tight end. This follows Tebow taking 6 years off of the sport, and sparks controversy among fans.

Tebow sported a very successful college career at the University of Florida, but once beginning his professional career with the Denver Broncos, he was traded every year and didn't play in a regular-season game in his last two years of his career. He then took six years off of the sport and attempted a career in professional baseball, where he was pretty unsuccessful. 

Fans have speculated that one of the reasons that Tebow has been allowed to return to the NFL is white privilege and that his college coach, Urban Meyer, was recently hired as the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Compared to other unsigned former NFL players, Tebow is being given better opportunities than other players. Especially those who are viewed as more controversial in mainstream media. An example of this would be Colin Kaepernick, who protested police violence and eventually was fired from the NFL. Kaepernick has been unable to sign with a team following his release from the 49ers in 2017 after kneeling during the national anthem. 

On the other hand, many view Tebow as a man of faith due to his Christian values. Those who identify with the same values as him often like and support him. This has made him very popular in the media, and through this, he has attracted a lot of fans. Though he is well-liked by his fans, this does not mean that he was the right player for the position. 

There is now a large amount of backlash from parts of the football community who believe that Tebow's return to football was based on political and social bias. The NFL has tried to defend their actions by saying that Kaepernick isn't good enough to play anymore, but he has a much more accomplished professional football career and has spent less time on the sidelines. What do you think?

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  • Sports Fans Coalition
    published this page in Blog 2021-06-02 12:49:10 -0400