There’s a cartoon making the internet rounds that compares Tim Tebow to Jason Collins.

Tebow Collins Cartoon

There’s a Tweet going around, too:

dumb comparison tweet


I get what they THINK they are trying to convey, but here’s why it comes off as a whiny, self-indulgent false equivalence……….

I have seen where some players, media and fans have said that perhaps Tebow should back off with the proselytizing,and have even thought so myself, but I have never heard anyone say that he should be fired for expressing his faith, nor have I heard anyone say that they would refuse to share a locker room or quit a team over it, or infer that somehow Christians are an insult to the sport or to “manliness”.

I have never heard anyone threaten a Christian player with physical harm simply because they are Christian.

I HAVE heard fans, players, and some media figures say that gay players should stay in the closet because they would not be welcome by teammates, fans, or management, and that their jobs would be in jeopardy if they admitted to being gay. I HAVE heard fans, players, and some media figures say they should stay in the closet because they would face physical danger on the field and off were they to be open about their homosexuality.

Just before the Super Bowl, San Francisco player Chris Culliver went on the record with the following statement regarding potential gay teammates:

“I don’t do that. No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do.

“Can’t be with that sweet stuff. Nah…can’t be…in the locker room man. Nah.”

Thankfully, the team released a statement rebuking Culliver’s statements:

“The San Francisco 49ers reject the comments that were made , and have addressed the matter with Chris. There is no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. We have and always will proudly support the LGBT community.”

Culliver went on to apologize for his statement the following day, saying

“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”

Whether he meant it or was forced to make the apology is up for debate, but intended or not, Culliver put a very public voice on what has been whispered, if not shouted, for a very long time in professional male sports:

Keep that shit in the closet or you are done here.


Religion and sexuality have NO bearing on how well either man plays his sport, and they should have no bearing on whether either man stays employed or employable.
Tim Tebow may lose his job for sub-par performance, but he will never be legally fired for being Christian or heterosexual.
Jason Collins, and others who are still in the closet for all of these reasons, can not say the same.
By all means, Tebow fans, have and defend your opinions………………just be mindful that Christian privilege is everywhere, and saying two situations are equal does not make it is so.

Tebow is not Jesus, so don’t place him on a cross.


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7 responses

  1. okjimm says:

    Tebow’s Christian posturing was insufferable…. especially from an athlete who was mediocre at best. He has just been released by the Jets. Two years in the league and a wash-out. Collins at least had a twelve year career….. much longer for a journeyman player. He is a free agent, such is life in the NBA. Frankly…..I don’t care. But at least Collins could play….. Tebow was on the field for the Jets for about 70 plays last year. The Jets have drafted a new quarterback. Tebow will be lucky to play this year, no matter what Jesus says. Colllins may get picked up by another team…..because he has proven he can play, but at 34 he is considered a bit old. At least he is now free to acknowledge his identity. Tebow still needs one. ?Course, I am still waiting for LeBron James to ‘come out’ as a republican.

  2. protocollie says:

    i’d also like to point out that tebow was constantly attributing his success to his religion, and additionally was actively trying to convert people and use his celebrity to push religious morality on others.

    collins is just saying “Hey, I’m here. like me for who I am.”

  3. thebewilderness says:

    Poor Tebow. It isn’t as though he raised a fist on the Olympic medal platform like those blah people did. Or came out as heterosexual. Why don’t people come out as heterosexual anyway? He just indulged himself in Pharisee behavior at every opportunity in direct contradiction to the teachings of the religious leader he purportedly follows. And here he is a cartoon character. Poor guy.

  4. okjimm says:

    ok…. ah, my name is jimm……. and I am a practicing heterosexual. I just wish I could get more practice……. a lot more. Say, is anyone free saturday night?

  5. Tebow fans always sound like douchebags. He doesn’t get enough playing time because he’s a Christian! The Broncos dumped him because of his faith! Wah wah wah.

    He’s just not that good, get over it!

  6. E.A. Blair says:

    “Dear Praying People,

    This is God. I’m sorry but I can’t answer your prayers right now. Tim Tebow is fervently praying for Me to help him complete his next pass, and has promised to do that little thing he does every time he thanks Me (he looks SO cute when he does that).

    Your prayer is very important to Me. Please stay on your knees and the next angel, saint or deceased relative will be on the line to intercede for you, and I’m really sorry for any deaths, illnesses or natural disasters that happen during the game.”

  7. AthenaH2SO4 says:

    Plus, for it to even be a passable comparison even in the shallowest sense, Collins would have to spend YEARS holding a sign over his head every few minutes during games that said “I’m gay!”, and holding press conferences where he attributed his success to being gay. Tebow isn’t just religious, he’s CONSTANTLY prominently praying in public (which Jesus specifically said NOT to do).