Tim Tebow is a college football legend; there is no doubt about that. The former Florida Gator found himself the subject of discussion after comments he made on ESPN’s First Take. While discussing the new California law allowing college athletes to make money off their likeness, Tebow’s white privilege was on full display. The now ESPN analyst claims the new law will ruin collegiate sports forever.
Tebow went on a ridiculous rant that wreaked of pure privilege stating:
“I feel like I have a little credibility and knowledge about this because when I was at the University of Florida, I think my jersey was one of the top-selling jerseys around the world. It was like Kobe, LeBron, and then I was right behind them. I didn’t make a dollar from it and nor did I want to because I knew going into college what it was all about.”
Tebow continued going on a spiel about how he feels college should be more about following your dreams while contributing to the institution instead of trying to get paid.
“I knew going to Florida, my dream school, where I wanted to go, the passion for it and if I could support my team, support my college, support my University, that’s what it’s all about.”“But now, we’re changing it from ‘Us’ from ‘We’ from ‘My University’ from being an alumni where I care, which makes college football and college sports special, to then ‘Okay it’s not about us. It’s not about we, it’s just about me.'”“And, yes, I know we live in a selfish culture where it’s all about us, but we’re just adding and piling it onto that. Where it changes, what’s special about college football. We turn it into the NFL, where who has the most money, that’s where you go.”“That’s why people are more passionate about college sports than they are about the NFL.”“That’s why the stadiums are bigger in college than they are in the NFL, because it’s about your team, it’s about your university, it’s about where my family wanted to go, it’s about where my grandfather had a dream of seeing Florida win an SEC championship and you’re taking that away.”“And, you’re taking that away so that young kids can earn a dollar and that’s just not where I feel college football needs to go.”
That’s all fine and dandy, but Tebow came from an already financially stable home before going on to earn millions during his short NFL career. So for him to compare his plight to those who come from poor backgrounds was quite ridiculous. Tebow’s eye-roll inducing rant caught the attention of social media, and he is getting checked up and down timelines.
Hit the gallery below to see all of the responses to Tebow’s poor take on college athletes getting paid.
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It is perhaps worth noting that Tim Tebow left football and, with no experience as a broadcaster, immediately was put into high-profile, well-paying spots on TV.
He was then allowed to play professional baseball basically because he wanted to.
Just in case anyone is curious, this is what “privilege” sounds like. I guarantee @TimTebow never missed a meal growing up because his parents didn’t have the means, nor does he understand what having to help your mother pay bills so the lights stay on feels like. https://t.co/lpOMu2RqMG
I appreciated Tim Tebow’s passion on @FirstTake today, even though I don’t agree. I believe that HE wants to protect the purity of “the ametuer game & college experience” however most using his argument are only interested in protecting their ability to make money off athletes.
Tim saying “I didn’t want to be paid” is a very privileged POV. Many kids are coming from much more desperate socio economic background and they may not have the opportunity to go pro and reap the rewards of their hard work.
Great perspective. That Tim Tebow wishes to turn down compensation doesn’t mean all should be required to. He is free to play for free. All athletes should have the same economic rights as LITERALLY everyone else. That’s real choice. https://t.co/arHsw4YRuP
Tim has every right to his opinion, and is entitled to this point of view. But to say "I didn't want to be paid" is a privileged point of view. he didn't want to be paid because he didn't need to be. Not all student athletes have the luxury of not needing the money. https://t.co/h7DwwVO1GH