Only the New York Times could see the dark side of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow spending time with a brain-injured young man. In an article headlined "Curtain Closes on Tebow's Season, but His Sideshow Goes On," a reporter disparages Tebow for praying with brain-injured Zachary McLeod, 20, after the brutal loss to the Patriots on Saturday night.
After the game, Tebow had told reporters about McLeod and said that overall it hadn't been a bad day, depending on "what lens you look through." That was the first bad thing he did.
When Tebow and family prayed with the McLeod family, apparently the Times reporter tried to intervene and was asked to back off. He didn't take it well. He goes off on Tebow, mocking him for the game (apparently our offense is mostly to blame for our defense letting the Patriots score 45 points). The reporter gets into the mind of John Elway and at one point writes, "While Tebow has made his priorities clear that his faith comes first, Elway’s job demands that Tebow be the analytical secularist and stick to the science of football."
But the kicker is amazing. It pretends like sports teams just hang out together in mass, hugging and crying, for the 6 hours following a losing game. Has this sports reporter ever covered a sporting event before? Check it out:
As he always does, he thanked his teammates for their support and effort immediately after praising God. But one was left to surmise that he, the Broncos’ purported leader, should have been with them late Saturday night instead of in the corridor tending to his personal business, no matter how giving it was.
There are times when duty to team has to come first. Surely one of them is in the wake of lopsided and season-ending defeat.
You can imagine The Onion satirists were angry that this came out in the newspaper of record before they could write it up.