Did Merril Hoge cross the line calling Tim Tebow 'phony as a $3 bill'?
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Did Merril Hoge cross the line calling Tim Tebow 'phony as a $3 bill'?

San Francisco : CA : USA | Dec 27, 2012 at 1:40 AM PST
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Merill Hoge calls Tebow phony as $3 bill

While the spirit of this holiday season is about lighting up someone’s life with love, some individuals just can't but instead do the opposite.

In Monday morning's roundtable discussion on “ESPN SportsCenter,” sports analyst Merril Hoge went ballistic on New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, saying that he's "as phony as a $3 bill" and that the New York Jets didn't realize "how bad Tim Tebow was" when they traded for him.

Hoge’s senseless and brutal attacks of Tebow in the video above continues, even warning a Florida team, "Jacksonville Jaguars beware, if you’re gonna bring Tim Tebow in there to change your organization for your fans in there, you are crazy! All he will do is set the franchise back further if that is a possible feat," Hoge said.

Hoge has been foaming at the mouth when baseless reports surfaced that Tebow allegedly informed New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan that he didn't want to be a part of the wildcat offense in Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, apparently angry at being passed over for the starting quarterback job in favor of Greg McElroy in place of maligned Mark Sanchez.

Tebow said he was so upset with the perception he quit on the team. Maybe you can call him a bad quarterback but never a bad teammate. Despite of this it hasn't dampened his Christmas. "For people to not know the situation and to bash your character and say you're a phony, you're a fake and you're a hypocrite, I think that's what's disappointing and that's what's frustrating," Tebow said.

Tebow admitted his displeasure with his limited role, and who wouldn't the way Jets handle him? "I definitely did say that -- but I didn't ask out and I didn't say I wouldn't do anything," he added. "That is completely ... That is not the truth."

Tebow also admitted Wednesday it's "a possibility" that Ryan misinterpreted his stance. Ryan didn't give details how it all went down, "Like I said, Tim would've gone in the game if I would've chosen to have him in the game," said Ryan.

The reports of Tebow's insubordination all came via secondhand, unnamed sources yet ESPN analyst Merril Hoge jumped to judgment in his continued rant. "Once he comes in there and they got to see the sampling, they're like, 'Oh my gosh.' Not only can he not play quarterback, he's not really a good football player."

Fellow ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski tries to defend Tebow's handling of his yearlong situation with the Jets while insider Adam Schefter attempts to pinpoint how it all started.

Opinion:

The so-called vultures of Tim Tebow has been swirling around for years even in his Gator days in college where he won two national championship and a Heisman Trophy. They can't or don't want to believe that he is the real deal to win games in the NFL.

Tebow haters can't believe he came off a season in which he finished 8-5 as a starter with the Denver Broncos including a victory in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The problem is New York Jets coach Rex Ryan never started him at quarterback position. In a conversation with Ryan, Tebow said , "I simply asked him to get an opportunity to play quarterback. That was my passion. I did tell him I was frustrated with the Wildcats and the success we were having and some of the stuff we were doing. (I was) definitely disappointed and frustrated and I let him know that. I just asked for an opportunity to play quarterback."

While ESPN is one of the most successful networks in delivering sports-related programming, including live and recorded event telecasts and sports talk shows, it has not been free from criticism. This criticism includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts.

Just a few days ago, ESPN has suspended “First Take” guest commentator Rob Parker for 30 days for comments he made about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III during a Dec. 13 episode. Parker, who is black, questioned Griffin's "blackness," citing that the player has a white fiancée and is rumored to be Republican, and said: "Is he a brother or a cornball brother?" Parker issued an apology on his Twitter account as the suspension followed day later.

ESPN issued a statement announcing the Rob Parker suspension. "As a direct result, clearly inappropriate content was aired and then re-aired without editing. Both were errors on our part. To address this, we have enhanced the editorial oversight of the show and have taken appropriate disciplinary measures with the personnel responsible for these failures."

How about Merril Hoge's Monday rant–does he has right to call Tim Tebow names and curse the Jaguars as 'crazy' if they hire Tebow? Did the viewers hear the appropriate content that just aired?

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In Monday morning's roundtable discussion on ESPN SportsCenter, sports analyst Merril Hoge went ballistic on New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, saying that he's "as phony as a three-dollar bill"
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