Former quarterback and current minor league baseball player Tim Tebow has received serious backlash online for his comments on student athletes. Appearing on ESPN's First Take, Tebow gave his thoughts on the bill that will enable student athletes to have endorsements, which the California senate just recently passed.
"I feel like I have a little credibility and knowledge about this because when I was at the University of Florida, I think my jersey was one of the top-selling jerseys around the world," Tebow said. "I didn't make a dollar from it, but nor did I want to because I knew going into college what it was all about. I knew going to Florida, my dream school where I wanted to go... the passion for it, and if I could support my team support my college support my university, that's what it's all about."
From there he essentially accused student athletes of being selfish for wanting to receive endorsement deals while still on college or university teams. "I know we live in a selfish culture, where it's all about us, but we're just adding and piling it out onto that. Where it changes what's special about college football," he added. "We turned it into the NFL, where who has the most money that's where you go."
The response to Tebow's comments has been swift, even if some have praised him for his passion on the subject. The general consensus on what he said, however, is that he cannot see past his privilege to realize not every student athlete has the financial support to make it through college without getting paid.