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Tim Tebow a virgin: A fact that's none of our business

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Tim Tebow addresses the media at a news conference at the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala. July 23. (AP Photo)

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is a virgin.

We know this because a Fanhouse reporter decided the sex life of a college quarterback is appropriate football fodder, despite his colleague's impassioned chiding of exactly that type of 'sports' journalism.

With a laugh, a quip and the words, "Yes, I am," Tebow became perhaps the only college kid in the country who will be asked in a public forum to discuss such a private matter.

To Tebow's credit, he didn't shy away from it or Rosenhaus it. He's a proud Christian, determined to be a role model for fans and fellow players. He's never avoided talking about his faith, and by all accounts he's someone who talks the talk and walks the walk. He calls reporters, "sir" and "ma'am." He says "please" and "thank you." And it's all Southern gentlemanly genuine.

Big 10 Media Day is July 27 here in Chciago, and I can guarantee you that  no one will ask Terrelle Pryor, Evan Royster, Juice Williams, Brandon Minor or any player in attendance whether they've had sex -- especially if this precedent hadn't been set.

Was the Fanhouse question inappropriate? That's for Tebow to decide -- and it seems that he decided it wasn't or he wouldn't have answered it.

But the 'have you had sex?' question is something you ask your buddy -- maybe. And Tim Tebow is not buddies with any Fanhouse reporter.

What if Tebow's answer was 'no'? People would go insane. Questions of how often and with whom would sprout up -- not to mention that he'd be called a hypocrite by folks who have no business calling anyone a hypocrite.

Tim Tebow doesn't need to be held to the standards of his religious beliefs by the national media. The national media has only the right to hold him to the standard set forth by the NCAA and University of Florida.  

Singling out a player in a press conference based on his religious beliefs is a dangerous and awkward practice -- especially at the college level when these guys are facing enough stress and pressure on and off the field.

And it's simply none of our business.

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Well said, Mr. Allen!

You would be surprised to learn what Christian kids, such as Tebow, think is/is not sex. So let's not kid ourselves.

It obviously inappropriate and the guy should be fired or his organization should have its credentials revoked.

All we need to know is that Tebow is a CHAMPION!

All we need to know is that Tebow is a CHAMPION!

it is great that he is a "proud Christian" but is that one in the same is being a virgin? Can you not be a good role model and have sex? He is an adult, and that is his personal choice, but I don't see how it makes him better than anyone else. If reporting it is bad journalism, why are you passing it along?

Is it because of Tebow being home schooled that he has no social skills and is so self centered that he thinks it's okay to proselytize on football telecasts and interviews? I tune in for the game. Otherwise, I'd go to a church brodcast which is where Tebow should take his act.

to Anon:

Having grown up with the Teabows, attending the same church, eating dinner over at their house, doing ministry with his father, being Tim's camp counselor, I can say this with all honesty: he knows the difference! Straight shooters like Tim aren't going to answer that question with a strict yes or no if he's getting oral sex on the side or something similiar. You should only say what you said if you knew the guy personally. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing you don't. So, please stop insinuating things about a man you do not know.

You would be surprised at what these 'Christian' kids think Christianity is if they don't know the difference between intercourse and other forms of sex.

to Anon:

Having grown up with the Teabows, attending the same church, eating dinner over at their house, doing ministry with his father, being Tim's camp counselor, I can say this with all honesty: he knows the difference! Straight shooters like Tim aren't going to answer that question with a strict yes or no if he's getting oral sex on the side or something similiar. You should only say what you said if you knew the guy personally. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing you don't. So, please stop insinuating things about a man you do not know.

You would be surprised at what these 'Christian' kids think Christianity is if they don't know the difference between intercourse and other forms of sex.

"Having grown up with the Teabows, attending the same church, eating dinner over at their house, doing ministry with his father, being Tim's camp counselor, I can say this with all honesty: he knows the difference! Straight shooters like Tim aren't going to answer that question with a strict yes or no if he's getting oral sex on the side or something similiar. You should only say what you said if you knew the guy personally. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing you don't. So, please stop insinuating things about a man you do not know."

"You would be surprised at what these 'Christian' kids think Christianity is if they don't know the difference between intercourse and other forms of sex."


Nathan DeFalco:

It seems you really know the kid and his family pretty well. You'd think for someone that has been around him his whole life could atleast spell his last name correctly. Oh well.

anon:

Yeah, you're right. Misspelling his name is far more offensive than making insinuating remarks about his sex life. Thanks for pointing out the one mistake in my response that really didn't matter.

"You'd think for someone that has been around him his whole life could atleast spell his last name correctly."

I could point out the atrocious grammar in that sentence, but that would be missing your point, wouldn't it.

Of course, you could be insinuating something about me- like I didn't really know him. Which, in that case, see my previous comment about knowing people before you make judgment calls.

By the way, stop calling TEBOW a kid. He's grown man.

stewart:

The man was asked a question. He answered it. What does that have to do with proselytizing? If he said anything other than "Yes" the press would have had a field day. It's better to come out with a straight forward answer than to give some politically correct nonsense answer.

And the equation homeschool = no social skills is a crock. I know plenty of public school trained atheletes that have no social skills. Look at the ease in which handles himself in front of the camera and around friends. Does it look like he lacks self-confidence?

I fully agree that the question was inappropriate. I also fully believe Tebow's answer. Grace under fire. Tim Tebow is clearly friends with many team members who have made a much different choice. It would seem the only one hoping to pass judgment here was the so-called reporter.

Kevin Allen, you answer your own question:

What if Tebow's answer was 'no'? People would go insane. Questions of how often and with whom would sprout up -- not to mention that he'd be called a hypocrite by folks who have no business calling anyone a hypocrite.

Does that not make the question relevant? You, and everyone in the media, is up in arms because he answered that he IS a virgin, but what if he had answered that he is NOT? Then a battle would have broken out between different groups of Christians arguing about whether he can be a "true" Christian while engaging in pre-marital sex. Thus, when questioning the most ostentatiously devout Christian in athletics today, isn't it legitimate to at least ask the question and see what the answer is?

As a Gator grad and professional journalist I'm appalled at the question. Whether or not anyone agrees with this kind of sports journalism isn’t the point. Athletes are now celebrities and because we have the Arods and T.O.'s of the world, some media will try to get away with this crap. I'm embarrassed as a reporter and think the Fanhouse guy should be working for OK! magazine or some other trashy tabloid. Tebow is still barely out of his teenage years. It's an inappropriate question and I applaud Tebow for showing more class than the reporter did and acting like an adult. Not like a swarmy wanna-be reporter trying to advance his hopefully short career by asking that type of question.

Tebow, a good kid, good athlete, good guy, brings up his faith at the drop of a hat. If you choose to make those very personal things public then you subject yourself to these kind od questions. I don't care so I wouldn't have needed someone to ask that question, but it was within the bounds. Barely. But what it has done is create a situation where every girl and woman at UF is going to be trying to snatch his virginity from him. Preseason number one and Heisman hopeful aren't anything compared to thje pressure these women are going to put on him. BTW, I am still a virgin too.

He might be a virgin but I bet he's taken it in the backside on quite a few occasions!

L I A R - have you seen his girlfriend ?!?!

no way he hasn't hit that

I call shenanigans 111

I have an idea! Let's all speculate about someone's life then assume that everything we speculate is true!!!

...Idiots are dangerous because of their extraordinary ability to convince themselves they know far more than they actually do.

I think that Tim Tebow is a person of great character and honor. If he says that he's remained pure, then that means that he hasn't had sex- its that simple.

Its not anyone's business whether he has or hasn't, but at the same time, someone who's in the public eye as much as him and wears his faith on his sleeve so comfortably is going to get asked those questions, inappropriately or not.

To me, there's no debate whether or not the question is inappropriate. It is, but unfortunately this is what the world's come to. The question, in my opinion, is whether he should've answered. I feel somewhat torn. As a fellow Christian, I do believe he shouldn't hide his faith, and am glad to see him live it out so publicly. But at the same time, I wonder if answering gives the impression that such questions are appropriate. If his answer had simply been, "I'm sorry, but I don't feel that that information is anyone's business" not because he's afraid to take ownership of his faith or his moral decisions, but because he didn't want to give credence to the inappropriate forum in which it was asked, might not that have been a better witness? He could still preach abstinence and give his own witness about his decisions in that area on his own terms and in appropriate forums, such as church seminars etc. And its not like if Tim Tebow came to your local church and to talk about abstinence and told the congregation that he was still a virgin, it'd be kept a secret.

I think Tim Tebow actually was kinda glad the question was asked. This gives him a BIG opportunity to share his faith. I really respect Tebow for dispalying his Christianity with others. He is on top of the world and still acts humble. My hat off to him.

In the end, who cares?

If he's a virgin and waiting till marriage, it's pretty wise thinking, whether the concept is religiously based or not---he won't have to deal with rape accusations, baby-mommas, or stds that would prove at the very least a distraction from his needed focus on the game.


If he's not a virgin, then he's just like almost every other college guy out there. Nothing special. I don't think the press would have a field day, because a football player that is okay with saying he's not a virgin in a press conference, would play it off as a joke anyway.

Saving himself for marriage, by the way, does make him better than others who don't. Two people who enter marriage never having had sex with anyone else can truthfully and convincingly say that they are coming to the marriage free of disease or indiscretions that would harm the relationship.

In any case, it's none of our business, and the question never should have been asked of the guy.

since when is virginity a measure of one's honor or value as a person? Oh. Right. Since religious bigots started passing judgment on everyone else. I don't care about Tim Tebow's sexuality or religion, and he shouldn't care about mine.

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