Originally Posted by manxman2601
Whenever Tebow critics are out in force there are always veiled references to his religiosity. You yourself mentioned his anti-abortion advert in a derogatory way. What does any of this have to do with him as a Jet?
Let's say there was a divisive player that was oft discussed like Tebow that happened to be gay. If his critics constantly referenced his sexuality whilst supposedly discussing his footballing skills, wouldn't they be called bigots? There's no difference.
There is no doubt there are some who are predisposed to be critical of Tebow for the way he puts his faith into the public discussion. I would disagree, though, that it is solely about his faith as a trait. Most NFL players are Christians. Many are evangelical. They are not judged on that ground. It is the packaging of Tebow, including his faith, that annoys people. As is the fact that some are all too eager to overlook his obvious shortcomings for no apparent reason than his faith and the way he expresses it.
But more fundamentally, Tim Tebow gets more football attention than his play on the football field to date has deserved. Why? If it is because of his faith -- a not-unreasonable hypothesis -- it does not make a person a bigot to note or be annoyed by that fact. It is fine to cover his faith as its own story, but it is not a football story.
To use your example, if a gay player received undue plaudits as a player not commensurate with his play, skills or stats, it would not make a person a "bigot" to observe his sexual orientation was likely or plausibly the reason.
On a completely unrelated note, add me to the list that discounts anything that a poster who chooses to call himself "Ive Killed People" might say about anything, especially matters of morality. Sorry, dude, but your name is horrible, especially given recent events. I hope it's just immaturity or a moment of bad judgment when picking a name and not something worse, but it really is awful. Just my two cents.