It’s been quite a week in the NFL as far as newsworthy items. First Peyton Manning is signed by Denver, causing Tim Tebow to be traded to the New York Jets. Then Sean Payton and Gregg Williams are suspended for at least one year because of paying players to injure others on the field.
That is what makes this statement by one of the most famous Tele-evangelists so incredible. Pat Robertson, Founder of the “700 Club” and one of the outspoken leaders of the Christian Right movement, stated Thursday he believes Peyton Manning deserves to be hurt. What would make Robertson make that statement? Simply this.
Tim Tebow got a Raw deal in Denver.
This according to the wisdom of Robertson, who now is propping himself up as the great prognosticator of football in this country. Let’s face it; we all know where that got Rush Limbaugh on ESPN.
This is not a rant on religion. It is a rant on Robertson, who proclaims to be Christian, doing something that is so un-Christian like. There is no doubt Tebow would be one of Robertson’s favorite players. According to Robertson, the Broncos treated Tebow “Shabbily”. Here is the quote Robertson made on his show Thursday.
“He (Tebow) won seven games, he brought them [Denver] into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I mean, they were a nothing team. He rallied them together with spectacular last-minute passes and, you know, when they beat Buffalo, I mean, Pittsburgh, excuse me, it was a tremendous victory.”
He’s correct on every facet of that statement. There is nothing wrong with that at all. It’s what followed that is concerning.
“And you just ask yourself, OK, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured. If that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right,” he said.
This comment coming in a week when the NFL announced punishments on bounties awarded for injuring players. This is something sacred in sports. We preach sportsmanship and fair play. That is what the NFL is coming down on with these suspensions. Keep in mind more are to come. Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t even punished the players involved yet.
So when we think about players being injured purposely, it’s unbearable and irreprehensible. Yet now we have one of the most out front ministers in America today condoning, almost pleading for it to happen.
Certainly Tebow is a mesmerizing figure. His class and positive outlook are exemplary in today’s sports world. You don’t have to be a fan of Tebow to like who he is and what he believes. He is a type of athlete you would want your kids to look up too.
Maybe Robertson should take a lesson from Tebow next time he speaks.