Quinn apologizes after criticizing Tebow's display of religion
Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn was not pleased with how his comments were portrayed in a GQ article on Tebowmania that was released Tuesday.
The article on Tim Tebow's 2011 season, written by Michael Silver, was titled: "The year of Magical Stinking: An Oral History of Tebow Time."
In it, Quinn was quoted as saying, "We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply."
"I regret the comments as they appeared in the article and I apologize if the comments that were in the article upset anyone," Quinn said today. "I think they were taken in the wrong tone. Had I known at the time the direction the article was going to go I would not have participated in the interview at all. The interview took place three months ago.However, there's no one to blame but myself. I take full responsibility."
Earlier in the day, Gazette columnist David Ramsey wrote about Quinn and his statements in GQ. Here's his take – before the apology:
Brady Quinn did not much enjoy last Broncos season. This is not a surprise. This is good news. Coaches, teammates and fans don’t want a backup quarterback who is satisfied with being a backup quarterback.
In an article written by Michael Silver just posted on gq.com, Broncos backup quarterback Brady Quinn offers criticism of Tim Tebow. It’s nothing ugly. Quinn wonders why Tebow is so intent on praying in public. (I share Quinn’s discomfort with the practice.) Quinn suggests luck had a lot to do with the Broncos’ success. (I agree.)
Quinn’s comments will most likely create a storm, even though there is nothing especially electric in what he said.
Here are a few of the quotes:
Broncos star linebacker Von Miller said Tebow helped transform the team’s attitude. Miller doesn’t give all credit to Tebow, but the linebacker does say Tebow helped inspire the revival.
“I mean, you could just see our team’s resiliency in action. Nobody was giving up,” Miller said.
Quinn has a slightly less romantic reason for the Broncos surge:
“We’ve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply.”
Next, Quinn questions Tebow’s very public praying. And before you get too upset with Quinn, remember Jesus instructed his followers in the Gospel of Matthew to pray in private.
“If you look at it as a whole, there’s a lot of things that just don’t seem very humble to me,” Quinn said. “When I get that opportunity, I’ll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?”
Here’s a link to the GQ article:
What are your thoughts? Does Quinn go over the line in his remarks? Is he jealous? Or is he just being perceptive in his observations?