No eye contact! Tim Tebow speaking engagement posts list of media rules (pic)


So, New York Jets quarterback (?) Tim Tebow had a speaking engagement at at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi on Wednesday to talk about Tim Tebow-type stuff: Religion, and, um, other stuff tangentially related to religion, I guess is how you could put it.

Media were allowed to attend Tebow’s speech, but a sign was posted that outlined some very specific rules about what and what not would be tolerated by the cretinous members of said media. Because without rules, there is chaos, and left to their own devices, media members cannot be trusted, nor should they be expected to assume that since they were invited that they would be allowed to perform anything that could be considered journalism.

Via a Jim Romanesko post, entitled, “Whatacrock at Whataburger Field: Don’t even think about asking Tim Tebow a question!” (by way of SB Nation):


Wow. Romanesko reached out to Corpus Christi Caller-Times reporter Sarah Acosta and asked her what it was like to cover the event. Her report:

For the media it wasn’t a picnic. I lucked out and got to take up close pictures and video of Tebow, because our paper had a sponsor table on the field next to the stage, so I was no longer “media.”

So basically the general public had more access to Tebow than the media. We were only allowed to snap pictures of him or video (with no sound) of him walking in and out of the building. We weren’t allowed to ask him questions.

But of course, the four media groups in town- it’s not like we’re NY- it’s Corpus Christi, TX- we rolled our cameras with sound- and tried to ask him questions, for the 20 seconds we saw him. Like- why did you come to Corpus? What’s your message? Asked if he was available for questions afterwards- but he politely declined and all we got was a wave out of it.

My photographer and other videographers from other stations on the other hand had it really bad. They were trying to get footage while in the media section and kept getting scolded or would be asked to put away their camera. We weren’t allowed to photograph him while he was speaking- just the crowd.

Like I said, I got up close pictures of him on stage, because I posed as non-media, but as a regular person seated on the big dollar tables. Like several of VIP ticket holders did, they ran up to him and asked him to sign autographs or take pictures. I was snapping pictures of all of this and took video- and it’s funny because the ticket holders and kids that went to see him were asking him questions like- Are you going to play for the Jets next year? If you’re such a big Dallas Cowboys fan, why don’t you play for them? They got to play the role of the journalists.

Our photographer was able to get pictures of him on stage, because he eventually left the media section, and went up to our suite at the baseball stadium that our paper owns. I believe the other media got frustrated and left.

If our organization, the Caller-Times, hadn’t had the connections like a private suite at the stadium where you couldn’t be bothered or a sponsorship table on the floor of the event, then we wouldn’t had been able to take the pictures or videos we needed.

As a way around it, I live tweeted the event, since we weren’t allowed to record audio.

I do believe though, it was all about Tebow’s management, not him or the organizations that put the event on. The organizations were not pleased with the strict rules his management gave them about the media, because they wanted positive publicity for their event.

Sounds like a grand old time. Thanks, Sarah Acosta, for taking one for the team. But at least she was close enough to be able to reach out and touch the hem of Tebow’s garment. But that probably would have been frowned upon as well.

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  1. mg

    March 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Wow! The public was allowed more access! What an idea!

    • Ken Andrews

      March 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Tebow was given his 15+++ of Fame based on his less than 30 seconds of talent! Pack him away with all the foolish media inventions like Sarah Palin and Bigfoot.

    • Rob Phelps

      March 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      I think the way he handled it was great! The media and entertainment industry put in its place…god bless him

      • NDeeZ

        March 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

        I LOVE that the paper was allowed, as long as they bought a table, and Tim got the shekels.
        Moneychangers in the temple anyone?

        • Randy

          March 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

          Everything I have seen about Tebow says that when money is involved, all goes to charity. So, I think you are jumping the gun saying he is coming out ahead for public speaking!

  2. Tebow Fan

    March 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Agree 100% with the those rules. Media cannot be trusted. Thats an understatement!

  3. GaryS

    March 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    The media has become nothing but hordes of whores, interested in nothing but dirt and scandal. If they can’t find scandal – they make it up, just like in this article. I’m so sick of how NFL players are being portrayed, like they’re nothing but pansies and weirdos. It’s football. Stick to football. Leave the players alone. Let them play football and talk about football. Stop smearing them. Stop hounding them. Stop being media whores. Mainstream media is one of the main reasons I walked away from cable/satellite. It’s all pathetic. All of it.

    • jw

      March 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      oh so tebow was just talking about football????

      If not I guess its not how timmy was portrayed its actually what he was doing, not sticking to football.

      Please note he was not playing football or talking about football.

      Please stop with the faux persecution or call timmy out for being a whore.
      which ever is easiest for you.

  4. Shawn L

    March 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Wonder what rules they would get if they tried to get that close to the President? TIm Tebow draws crowds everywhere. He’s not the only one who dislikes being misrepresented by the media. I like the part where Romanesko is sarcastic about the “media can’t be trusted”. It really is a shock to him.

  5. James Laverie

    March 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, I think that if you are in the public eye you have to deal with the media the best you can and not try to be a jerk, If Tebow decides to take the money to go to these events, and lets be honest he’s not doing this for free, (how christian of him by the way) than he has to deal with this stuff. He could chose not to, instead he is coming off sort of like a whore of a different kind, a money/fame whore. He should knock this stuff off and practice football/religion. He is the religious version of PSY famous for one thing gangnam style only Tebow is for Tebowing and his religious freak show. Just like in the past I will be so happy when this Kim kardasian of sports is gone.

    • Bobby G.

      March 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Wow…I just dont get the hate. So he’s a Christian. All you liiberal “non-believers” scream at the top of your lungs for tolerance when it comes to gays, muslims and anything else that doesnt threaten you, but mention the name “Jesus” and you’re called a “Bigot”, “Holier than thou”, “Polarizing”. And you think you get away with spewing hate for a man who simply loves God. You all judge him from afar, sitting at your lonely laptops or mobile devices spewing your ill informed biased opinions thinking that people actually want to hear from you. You do the very thing that you “preach” against….HATE. Man, you are all so damn ignorant, its pathetic. But, thats exactly what the Jews did to Jesus… and Jesus called them “blind guides”, “whitewashed tombs”, empty. Your hate is empty.
      God help you and may He have mercy on you.

      • Tusca

        March 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

        Dude, Jesus and all his followers were Jews.

        • nedmorlef

          March 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm

          Yes and we’re all americans but, it doesn’t stop you from hating us Christians.

          • richard kennedy

            March 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

            should have fed ALL the christians to the lions. no, no they missed a few and you multiplied like a cancer.

            • Gray Swindell

              March 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm

              Just FYI liberals , what’s wron g with positive role model and second what happens to be your moral point of origin ?

      • nedmorlef

        March 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        well said my man.

      • dan

        March 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

        Uh, Bobby: this is just between you and me. Jesus was a Jew too. Sssh. And Bobby, what people like me resent is not Tim Tebow the person but his arrogance with his presumption that everyone needs to know he is a Christian and that you should be one too.

        • conirae

          March 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

          Yes Jesus was a Jew, but the Jewish people denied Him as the Son of God and crucified him. Tim Tebowis not arrogant, he is following the teachings of the Bible telling the world he’s a Christian. Besides, it’s the media that’s cramming it down your throats, not Tim.

  6. roger

    March 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Worst qb in league but gets all this attention because of all u bible thumpers. How come god hasnt taught him how to throw a ball. Oh thts right cause god is aas real as santa clause or manti tao girlfriend thump thump

    • Bobby G.

      March 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      idiot…see above reply.

    • nedmorlef

      March 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      this statement has nothing to do with the speaking engagement. this is an outright attack on TT’s person. That is called pure,unadulterated hate. Tebow’s value is above that of football. You don’t get it and probably never will.

    • Rob Phelps

      March 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      For all you people that hate Christians …I ask The Lord to forgive you of your ignorance and intolerance …. Whatever his message was was not about the media

      • strangelove

        March 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

        The media have done a good job arming Christians with their new battle cry and defense mechanism. EVERYONE HATES US!

        We don’t hate you, for heaven’s sake. You just aren’t any more special than anyone “Under God” has no business in our government, because no religion does. That’s basically the crux of any serious argument against organized religion in the US. Christians wield the most power and influence, and when it starts to mingle with politics — despite our nation being founded on the notion of separation of church and state — things get testy.

        Go on, be christian. But it’s no different than believing in the force or Scientology, even if it has been around for a bit longer. Smart people don’t disrespect those who believe, they just disrespect those who think their religion belongs in the driver’s seat, when no religion does.

        • NDeeZ

          March 24, 2013 at 9:39 am

          Strangelove, I think I love you!

          That’s as clear and concise statement of the role of religion in politics and their persecution complex that I’ve seen!

  7. Randy

    March 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    This is great, hat’s off to them for understanding what the media is and does. I assume for any media type that was out of line there were 2 large security types to show them the door. The people who wrote sign were very smart! I wonder why this is a story, you think the media are looking for sympathy? Hopefully, they find none!

  8. joe

    March 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Wonder if the media will misinterpret #3 of the “allowed” list.

  9. Bobby G.

    March 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Wow…I just dont get the hate. So he’s a Christian. All you liiberal “non-believers” scream at the top of your lungs for tolerance when it comes to gays, muslims and anything else that doesnt threaten you, but mention the name “Jesus” and you’re called a “Bigot”, “Holier than thou”, “Polarizing”. And you think you get away with spewing hate for a man who simply loves God. You all judge him from afar, sitting at your lonely laptops or mobile devices spewing your ill informed biased opinions thinking that people actually want to hear from you. You do the very thing that you “preach” against….HATE. Man, you are all so damn ignorant, its pathetic. But, thats exactly what the Jews did to Jesus… and Jesus called them “blind guides”, “whitewashed tombs”, empty. Your hate is empty.
    God help you and may He have mercy on you.

  10. Joe

    March 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Awww, lefty journalists are sooo snarky against people they hate. Suck it up and follow the rules.

    • joe

      March 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      i thought the media was supposed to cover a story about something that happened, not make a story about themselves.

      • NDeeZ

        March 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

        See–that’s just it–they WEREN’T allowed to cover it. They weren’t allowed to record his speech (AKA ‘the story’) or ask questions to follow up or clarify.

        You “lamestream media” haters don’t get it–the media is YOU! It is YOUR access to and million different things. YOU can’t be at all of these events;Tebow speeches and city council meetings and water main breaks, so the media IS there, making sure that untrue things aren’t left uncontested, that city councilmen aren’t throwing contracts to their friends, that people know when they can expect their water service back.

        it’s a cheap and easy thing to tar all media with the brush of bias, but to dismiss their role in bringing truth to light, exposing corruption and disseminating information is to reveal a bigger ignorance of how our society works.

  11. nedmorlef

    March 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    you morons don’t seem to understand that it was a church. Holy ground . You “media” are there for your own selfish purposes of creating controversy to sell your papers. I think it was kind to allow you in at all.

    • NDeeZ

      March 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

      It was NOT at a church (as even a cursory reading of the story would reveal.)

      It was put on in a PUBLIC venue (paid for by tax dollars.)

      And while a lot of sports fans would agree that it’s holy grounds, in is most definitely NOT in the sense you mean.

      But don’t let the facts get in your way!

    • NDeeZ

      March 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

      …and you may want to re-think throwing the term “morons” around in the same post where you capably demonstrate a reading comprehension problem.

  12. realitycheck

    March 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’m not a Tebow fan, no opinion towards him one way or the other personally. As a player great energy kind of out produced his skills. What is so sad about how low humans can go is if Tebow were gay, and received all the hate coverage from the media, they’d be arrested for a “hate crime”. Open season all year on Christians? (I’m as far from a bible thumper as one can get) Hey media, the world does not revolve around you.

  13. John Confused

    March 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    The stupidity and ridiculousness of this article is hard to beat. Why is the media complaining about having limited access to an irrelevant athlete at an irrelevant event. Sure, both he and the event may have some relevancy in Christian circles, but aside from that, nobody cares. If you want to rip on Tebow, pick on something relevant (like wasting ‘God given’ talents trying to be quarterback when he could excel in other positions), but this is just petty and stupid.

  14. John Andrews

    March 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Well done Tim, next stop Israel. Few will understand, however, all is welcome.

  15. Kirk W

    March 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    So the rules for covering Tim Tebow were too strict? I wait for the media to go after Barack Obama and half the pace they go after Tim Tebow. Full attack mode for a Christian young man and full grovel mode for the annointed Prez.

    • Jon H

      March 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      So is Tim Tebow on the same level as the POTUS?

      One is a back up quarterback that is well known for his willingness to discuss his faith and the other is the frickin’ president.

      If you don’t like Obama that’s fine. However, I must ask that you refrain from putting Mr. Tebow and Mr. Obama in the same sentence when it comes to media scrutiny.

      • mike fitz

        March 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        As some one who understands religion but doesnt really follow organized services, the fact is christians are the enemy of the USA even though most of the people who signed the greatest piece of paper in 1776 were as history has hidden – preachers and men of faith (christians) that didnt want to forced people into religion like the crappy place they left on the other side of the water. yes country founded by religious men who just wanted religious freedom. PS the 2nd admendment is #2 for a reason above all other admendments except the one we need the most the 1st.

  16. Michael Brooks

    March 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Taking reservations now for all liberials in HELL…Seats are filling up fast…get yours quick..Front row seats being reserves for Democrats….

    • NDeeZ

      March 24, 2013 at 10:04 am

      THERE’S the tolerance your religion is known for.

      You know, Jesus was a liberal; care for the weak, the sick, the poor.

      ‘That which you do to the least of us, you do to me.’

      Any of that sound familiar?

      You seriously think Jesus would advocate cutting health care, and food stamps, and child-assistance funding?

      • elmoT

        March 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        How do you know Brooks is a religious person? Also, Jesus taught that the Church should take care of the sick, the poor, the children – not the federal government.

        Any of that sound familiar?

        • NDeeZ

          March 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          No; he did not–he spoke to small crowds, and the admonishment was person-to-person. “That which YOU do…”
          “The church,” as we know it today (an overarching organization) didn’t even exist as such when he was speaking.

          So, guess I’m more familiar with the story, huh?

  17. Randy

    March 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    This should not be a story. Tebow is not the first athlete to speak in front of large groups of people. I am sure Reggie White or Kurt Warner have probably addressed some large groups as well. The only reason it is a story and makes any kind of headline is that Tebow is mentioned. If it were any of the well Christian speakers like Pat Robertson, Billy Graham or children of Billy Graham, Rick Warren, etc. all of whom probably operate with similar guidelines and who use public buildings to hold large speaking events, the headline would not have even been posted. The author here seems to be trying to diss Tim Tebow who is doing something other than training or playing in his sport at the time.

  18. game of thrones season 3

    March 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    The Starks and their huge heads. Practically the? size of direwolf heads.

  19. Satan

    March 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Tebow Zucks!

  20. Satan

    March 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Tebow’s a HoMo!

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