The Aftermath of the Tebow Ad

February 9, 2010 | NeW Staff

Today our guest post comes from Stephanie, NeW President at the University of Central Florida.  Thank you for contributing!

Listen up Gator Nation, Tim Tebow is guilty of much more than crying after a lost football game.  Yep, that’s right Tim Tebow promotes domestic violence.  At least, that’s what the National Organization for Women is claiming.   The 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner, and arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the history of College Football, glorifies violence against women according to Terry O’Neill, President of NOW.  
How can that be?  He just went through hell and back to defend his Pro Life position and his commercial for Focus on the Family.  Did this Terry O’Neill even see the commercial that she claims “celebrated violence”?  
Let’s rewind.  The infamous commercial by Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam lasted approximately 33 seconds. For a majority of the commercial, Pam speaks about the complications she had while pregnant with Tim.  She doesn’t mention her doctor’s encouragement for an abortion nor does she mention her pro-life stance.  She continues to speak about her family’s resilience to hardship…then out of no where, Tebow “tackles” her.  She gets back up, unscathed, and claims that Tim isn’t nearly as strong as she is.  Where does NOW see violence here?  It’s a commercial being played during the Super Bowl about a football player, tackling may be included.  Context is everything.
In case you missed it, here’s the full ad…

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