Originally posted by fip24:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by WashSt9er:
Black people are allowed to be super religious, as if its cultural. People are afraid to say anything. When white people do it, theres no politically correct barrier, and it becomes target practice.
If Tim Tebow was on his knees at the 50 shedding tears, hands and eyes up to the sky praising God for his career, hed be ripped apart.
Wow, you really think it's a racial thing? Seems more like a credibility thing to me....Tebow has done very little in the NFL to gain the crazy exposure/notoriety that he's gotten. Whereas Lewis, arguably the best MLB to ever play the game, is at the end of his very long Hall of Fame career. Regardless of skin color, most people will overlook a little weirdness after being great at your craft for so long.
Not so much a youngster who is famous mostly for being famous.
A credibility thing? Let's see..Ray participates in a murder, has 6 kids w/ 4 women but his faith is credible because he is good at tackling people? Tebow, who seems to spend most of his free time doing missionary type work, has no credibility because he isn't a starting caliber quarterback?????
Following that logic, we should not revere Mother Teresa, Ghandi or Martin Luter King Jr as people of faith because they were bad athletes.
No matter how big of an idiot Ray seems to be, the guy is very crafty. He was a villian after the murder incident. He aopted the religious thing and now he has corporate endorsements and is held as a hero.
You seem to have forgotten that media coverage and fan worship isn't based on logic. It's based on emotion, and emotionally, (most) people and (most) media outlets have forgiven Ray for his past transgressions because of his great play on the field. Stupid and illogical, yes...but true nonetheless because that's the society we live in.
On the other hand, Tebow has done little on the field (by comparison) in proportion to the fame he has, so instead of receiving praise for being a really good human being, his clean living and good works, he receives scorn and derision. In our success-driven society, winning covers a multitude of sins and creates a certain "credibility," regardless of the truth.
I wasn't commenting on how things should be (as you were, and you were correct), I was merely stating how things actually are since that was the question (why is Ray Lewis getting a pass and not Tebow).
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Jan 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM ]