Jesse Jackson May Have The Dumbest Take On NFL Anthem Protests, And It Involves Tim Tebow
Jesse Jackson may have just pulled ahead to number one for the dumbest takes this week.
The civil rights activist and Baptist minister — who has been largely outspoken about anthem protests in recent NFL seasons — backed up his feelings with some cold, hard falsehoods Wednesday.
Jackson claims that when Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the anthem, it bothered people way more than when Tim Tebow did it. (RELATED: LEGENDARY GREEN BERET SNIPER SLAMS NIKE FOR KAEPERNICK CAMPAIGN)
Only problem is, Tim Tebow never kneeled during the national anthem.
“It’s interesting that when Tim Tebow took a knee, it was accepted,” Jackson told TMZ Sports reporters. “Kaepernick takes a knee, and he’s rejected. Both of them took a knee in protest of what they believed in. One was religion. One was for justice. Okay.”
There’s just one problem with Jesse Jackson’s logic here: Tim Tebow never kneeled during the anthem.
It’s true that the former NFL quarterback and Heisman winner did kneel before games, but that was to pray and thank God for the opportunities he’d been blessed with — things like living in the greatest country on earth, having the ability to play one of the greatest games known to man, and getting paid millions of dollars for it.
Kaepernick, on the other hand, was protesting the greatest country on earth and thus arguably forfeited his ability to play the greatest game known to man and those millions of dollars that go along with it.
But you know, details.