LZ Granderson is a talented writer who works for ESPN, which is confusing and terrifying. ESPN pays Rick Reilly to write for them, which says a lot about their taste in writing.
Anyway, Granderson wrote this brief about Tim Tebow, who declined to do a speaking engagement with a particular group that has said some hateful stuff about non-Christians. He did so to avoid controversy and, because he is an adult human being, that is absolutely within his rights. Tebow knows he is a lightning rod for this kind of stuff and he didn’t feel like getting into it right now. ‘Grats Timmy.
The scorned Christian groups complained about Tebow taking their support for granted and essentially called him out for not being their facebook friends. No matter what Tebow says or does, he will be judged harshly for it by someone on either side of whatever issue. Obviously I’m not shy about my pro-LGBT and pro-choice opinions (and Tebow has been unabashedly anti-abortion in the past), but I’m troubled by someone being harassed for opinions they haven’t made public yet. Granderson is right to point out that there are plenty of openly Christian athletes who support gay marriage and, more importantly, that there is an openly Christian athlete (Raven’s center Matt Birk) who has consistently spoken out against gay marriage who just retired and was not bothered about his bigoted stance by the media.
Basically, Tebow is taken to task for opinions he hasn’t publicly announced yet, effectively silencing him. That’s stupid. Disagreeing with someone and thinking that they are biased, privileged, or stupid is just fine and dandy, but speaking for that person while you prevent them from speaking due to the pressure you are exerting is more than a little hypocritical.
Granderson makes this point far better than I do and his article (it’s short!) is worth your time. Read it before ESPN takes it down and replaces it with a gallery of “the top ten athletes from Santa Monica.”