Charleston RiverDogs Mock Tim Tebow, Apologize To Those Offended

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June 21st, 2017 – The Charleston RiverDogs had some swings and some misses as they trolled the Columbia Fireflies’ most well-known player, Tim Tebow, last weekend. The Yankees’ Class A farm team hosted Tebow and his lesser known teammates, and they decided to capitalize on sold-out crowds that the former NFL quarterback drew.

Starting Friday night, the RiverDogs tried out a full roster of jokes targeting Tebow’s religious and athletic history. According to stadium reports from The Post and Courier, every time Tebow walked up to the plate the “Hallelujah Chorus” played. And they didn’t stop at the walk-up songs. The RiverDogs mascot, Charlie T. RiverDog, got in on it, too. He wore black patches under his furry eyes that said “John 3:16” written in white, something Tebow became famous for wearing. Charlie T. was also spotted “tebowing,” a move where Tim would kneel in prayer after touchdowns.

Joining in on the jabs were the jumbotron and the announcer. Each time a Firefly, a Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, took to the plate the jumbotron would only label them as “NOT TIM TEBOW.” Their photo was photobombed by a picture of Tebow crying after Alabama beat Florida in the 2009 SEC Championship game.

The announcer “would call for a strikeout when Tebow came up to bat and encourage applause when a strike was called against him” according to Derrek Asberry who covered the game.

Dave Echols, the president and general manager of the Charleston RiverDogs, has now apologized for the many stunts pulled over the weekend saying their intent was good natured.

“While we believe that our promotions were poking fun at Mr. Tebow’s celebrity status rather than his religion or baseball career, our intent was not to offend anyone, and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry,” he told The Post and Courier

Echols said that the feedback was both positive and negative and that the team worked to fix what was deemed a hurl too hard.

“Of the many promotional pieces that we executed, there were a handful on Friday’s game that some construed as in poor taste, and we made it a focus to remove those elements and celebrate Mr. Tebow the remainder of his time in Charleston,” he said. 

That explanation wasn’t enough for some people as they saw these stunts as a direct mocking of Tebow’s faith. The outspoken Christian has put his faith on display and his defenders have sent messages of support after the weekend.

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43 thoughts on “Charleston RiverDogs Mock Tim Tebow, Apologize To Those Offended

  1. So…wait a minute…please…! So, what you are really saying is…, “There really AREN’T invisible fairies living in my backyard? Your backyard?! … Anybody’s backyard???!!!!

    What happened to them? Where did they ggooooo??!!!

  2. Who cares, if it didn’t bother him or make him feel like he was being mocked for his”beliefs” then it’s not an issue, it’s not like the crowed was mocking the prophet Mohamed and shouting anti Islam speech and he grabbed a bat and went ham on infedels and then grabbed a truck and a bomb vest….

  3. No he shouldn’t be mocked everyone has their own views even if they’re different than mine i have mad respect for Tebow because he stays strong to his beliefs even threw the ridicule.

    1. No he shouldn’t be mocked everyone has their own views even if they’re different than mine i have mad respect for Tebow because he stays strong to his beliefs even threw the ridicule.

    2. So atheists are militant extremist in being a bigot lol. Please, mock Islam so everyone can call you a bigot, racist & islamphobe.. oh thats right.. your a chicken shit & dont want Antifa using a bike lock to smash your face. But I mean, the Jewish God, ya Fuck him.. but Thor.. dont mess with him lol. Your a bigot just like everyone else. PRAISE KEK

    3. Konner, stupid ideas are open for mockery. If you don’t want to be made fun of, don’t claim an invisible man in the sky exists.

      Anthony, I’m brainwashed because I have no tolerance to harmful nonsense? I don’t think you understand what that word means. Also, if you’re not an atheist or a xtian, which invisible sky wizard do you subscribe to?

      Rob, if you take the bible to be literally true, you are either brainwashed or retarded. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt that you’re the former.

      Steven, are you a JW? If so, been there, done that. Also, throw out one verifiable piece of evidence that jehovah exists and I will change my beliefs on the spot.

      Mahala, I can’t comprehend what the fuck you’re trying to say with that jumbled mess, but if you want me to mock Islam, fine. Islam is a shitty religion that believes fucking rediculous nonsense just as much as xtianity. Happy now?

  4. Funny but I understand why some are getting tired of their religion being mocked, when the same people doing the mocking are the first ones to stand up and destroy anyone who is critical of Islam. Hypocrisy is what gets people pissed. Maybe if Christians would start calling for people to be killed, then people would decide it’s not right to do it

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