Former NFL linebacker Brandon Spikes hit out at the "race bulls**t" that ensued after it was announced former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow would likely return to the NFL.
Many people railed against the NFL for its interest in Tebow while former NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned for several seasons in a row.
Various reports have indicated that 33-year-old Tebow — former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner — could sign a one-year contract to play tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.
What are the details?
Spikes — who played college football with Tebow for the Florida Gators — railed against the criticism on Tuesday, writing, "Shessh why sooo much hate for my bruh Tebow?"
Shessh why sooo much hate for my bruh Tebow ? 🤦🏿♂️— BrandonSpikes55 (@BrandonSpikes55)1620742129.0
He later added, "I'm gonna call Urb and see if i can get a job as the head Equipment Manager for the jaguars lol. So y'all can stop pulling this race bulls**t! This ain't that. It's all about their relationship built people."
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Spikes. who played six seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills, also pointed out that he believes Tebow will serve as an inspiration in the locker room.
He wrote, "Tim Tebow will be an inspiration in any locker room trust me i know."
Tim Tebow will be an inspiration in any locker room trust me i know— BrandonSpikes55 (@BrandonSpikes55)1620743226.0
As previously reported by Blaze Media, myriad social media users ran with the reports and suggested that race and white supremacy were factors in the alleged decision.
Actor Steven Pasquale tweeted about the news, said that white privilege was at the root of the purported decision.
"Tim Tebow finding a team and Colin Kaepernick can't. White privilege NFL style," he wrote. "Tebow can't throw, never could, never played TE, and hasn't played in .... what ... 8 years? Explain it to me like I'm 5."
Tim Tebow finding a team and Colin Kaepernick can’t. White privilege NFL style. Tebow can’t throw, never could,… https://t.co/PtD5jdZBYi— steven pasquale (@steven pasquale)1620683460.0
Anything else to know?
In 2017, NFL great Joe Montana told the Sporting News that he believed Kaepernick would be a "distraction" to the NFL, and compared Kaepernick's quarterbacking skills to those of Tebow.
Montana, a three-time Super Bowl MVP, said that he would be fine never seeing Kaepernick play in the NFL again.
“Everyone thinks it is the stance [Kaepernick] took; one of the things you don't look for is distractions in the locker room," Montana said at the time. “You can go back to Bill Walsh and as soon as there were guys that weren't fitting in what he was looking for, it didn't matter how good you were. You weren't on the team for very long.
“You have to have people who want the same thing, fighting for the same thing and willing to put in the time," he added.
The outlet reported, "When asked if he thought Kaepernick would be on an NFL roster by the beginning of the season, Montana said, 'I'm not sure, I think [if] there's an injury somewhere he probably gets in.'"
Montana added, “In most cases, you look at Tim Tebow — a great guy and everybody was talking about him. But what it comes down to is 40 percent completion or even in the low 50s, you can't win in the league with that. You won't be in the league very long. It comes down to his play as much as anything."