I find this hard to accept at face value. Not saying it isn’t true, just an Occam’s Razor thing. But, I bet we can all guess what group of people will find it very easy to accept:
Sporting News: NFL — The “cult-like following” and “media frenzy” are intertwined. Tebow’s huge popularity after his college success and stature as a good human won him legions of followers. And as a result, a coach told Silver he would consider signing Tebow, “But it’s just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it.”
Does anyone really think any coach or manager anywhere in the NFL wouldn’t find a great player and his resulting stardom “worth dealing with” if they thought he could help them win games? It seems like there’s been plenty of NFL stars over the years that came and went with way heavier fandom and personal baggage than Tim Tebow.
But the evangelical right latches onto stuff like this faster than a hungry gator on a fallen baby bird. In those communities it is near Gospel that the most powerful, wealthiest, religion, representing virtually every branch of government at the highest levels are, in reality, the most suppressed martyrs that have ever walked on earth in its entire 9,000 year history. Combine it with the IRS reportedly targeting the tax status of Teaparty political groups and as far as they’re concerned you might as well have Nero incarnate lighting up the human torches.
FWIW on the latter, they should go out of their way to not target opposition groups unless it’s applied equally and them some. There’s more fudging going on there than in a Walmart bakery and, if indeed the Teaparty is being unduly singled out, it looks terrible for the WH no matter who did what.