Skip Bayless Wasn’t Censored and Tim Tebow’s Pose Wasn’t Blasphemy August 21, 2012

Skip Bayless Wasn’t Censored and Tim Tebow’s Pose Wasn’t Blasphemy

ESPN loves shows featuring talking heads. They’ll invite columnists with personalities to talk about any sports-related topic and the worst sin they can commit is being boring.

On Friday, one of their regulars, Skip Bayless, was eager to talk about this picture from GQ featuring a Jesus-like Tim Tebow:

Bayless tweeted this in advance of his TV spot:

Religious persecution? Really? I’m sure it might upset some Christians… but it’s not like Tebow was magically photoshopped in the image. He posed for it. How is that persecution?

That appeared to be Stephen A. Smith‘s position, too, when he debated Bayless on the topic on ESPN2’s First Take:

If you watch that video, you may have noticed how Bayless got cut off twice (at 0:58 and 2:43). He made his point very clearly, but commercials interrupted him on two separate occasions.

Now, some are crying censorship on the part of ESPN.

I don’t buy it. ESPN wants that conversation to happen. They love debate. The last thing they’d want to do is cut away from a serious, possibly-substantive argument. Seems like a production error was made somewhere along the line (possibly even locally wherever this YouTube-r lived).

Ultimately, Bayless got to make his (silly) point and Smith rebutted it.

It doesn’t even seem like Bayless noticed he was temporarily off the air since he just tweeted his thoughts later as if nothing happened:

It’s (again) a ridiculous argument to make. There are lots of Christian athletes in the NFL. But Tebow wears his faith on his sleeve (or his wristband) as if he’s more interesting in winning converts than games. That makes it fair game for criticism.

Of course, touting his faith has hardly been a bad thing for him. Christians love him even more for doing it and Tebow’s suffered no real penalties for broadcasting his faith.

If he were Muslim or an atheist and did the same things, I doubt he’d get away with any of this.

(Thanks to Eric for the link!)

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  • Coyotenose

    Let’s not forget, or let the wannabe martyrs forget, that Tebow became infamous not for praying, but for first breaking the rules of his league, then the spirit of those rules, in order to pray. He couldn’t be trusted to act like a grownup at his job.

  • Randomfactor

    I figured that pose was going to draw in the idiots…

  • The Captain

    I think he’s mistaking the word “persecution” for “exploitation”. 

    Tebow is not being persecuted for his religion, he’s being criticized for his exploitation of it.

  • Religious persecution? Really?

    But it’s not persecution, its “perspecution.” You know, like the “Perspecution of Joe the Plumber,” or Dubya’s “They misunderestimated me.”

  • Helenatroy8s

    Dumb article. Waste of time.

  • farnsworth

    I didn’t realize Bayless was such a douche bag.

    I find it very very amusing when people refer to things as “blasphemous.”  Also quite silly.  And a little bit disturbing.  Are they going all taliban?

  • Gus Snarp

    Did people who saw this live have a problem with it? Has ESPN’s production gotten this shoddy? Because to me it looks like whoever put it on YouTube edited those commercials in, that’s how bad it is.

  • jdm8

    Tim  Tebow: follows Jesus, but forgets about that pesky famous teachings criticizing public prayer.

  • Janeseo

    Skip is a horrible sports “expert” anyways.  I’m surprised anyone takes anything he says seriously.

  • Perspecution: to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate a class of people to such an extreme that they being profusely sweating.

  • Gus Snarp

    Did anybody watch the Olympics? Do they watch football regularly? There are countless athletes constantly pointing to heaven, kneeling, and thanking God for the things they’ve put in hours of sweat and work to achieve. What makes Tebow so important to fundamentalist Christians, when he’s not particularly unusual?

  • Golfie98

    Or being booted for allowing others to exploit his religiosity for their own religious evangelical agenda.

  • Coyotenose

     GMBO, Felyx!

  • Coyotenose

     Hard to grasp. Your argument is. Help does grammar.

  • This must be some hitherto-unknown definition of “persecution”, because last time I checked, it wasn’t defined as “being payed a shit-ton of money to pose shirtless for a national magazine”.

  •   True Christian ™ Persecution Complex now with 5o% more Cross and if you call with in the next five minutes we will double the amount of scourges included.  Being part of the vocal majority with a church on almost every corner in a nation of mostly like minded individuals and  having a government willing to codify your privilege into law in direct violation of its Constitution doesn’t mean your not being persecuted.  Matthew 5:10, 5:11. Remember to Call now only 144,000 Complexes remaining get yours before they gone because we won’t be able to make this deal again.

  • The Other Weirdo

     That’s like saying that there’s an excellent sports “expert”.  Every time I see these talking heads on TV, I’m reminded of Comicus, a stand-up philosopher in ancient Rome,  explaining to the Vnemployment lady what he does for a living and she summarizes it thusly: “Oh, a bullshit artist! Did you bullshit last week?” “No.” “Did you try to bullshit last week?” “Yes.”

    Thus it is with sports “experts”.

  • The Other Weirdo

    ” Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women.”

    Now that’s persecution!

  • Tebow is the new Favre.  He just won’t go away. :

    Reasons I can’t stand Tebow:

    • He’s an attention whore…

    • …who exploits religion.

    • He’s a lousy quarterback who gets 10x more attention than others (i.e. Cam Newton) who
    are much more capable in that position and definitely more deserving of the attention.

  • Miss_Beara

     Correct answer! 

    This isn’t “religious persecution” at all. They love to throw around that word.

  • Margaret Whitestone

    Obviously some filthy atheist lured Tim into posing for that indecent photo.  Nobody as pure and holy as him would have done it otherwise.  

  • 21 comments already, and I’m the first to notice “Perspecution.”

    What the hell is “perspecution,” anyway?

    And that photo of Tim Tebow is incredibly HOT.  No “perspecution” here.

  • Bret Favre could at least throw the football.  And really for the first 16 years of his career he wasn’t that much of a diva.  

  • My favorite listening to sports talking heads, is when they say something like “Well, they got to win.”,  “They need to score” or “They need to catch those passes.”   As if there is a time when you should not winning or not score, or drop the ball. 

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