Tebow and Broncos will not get ’Better’ soon
Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will not be participating in the It Gets Better project any time soon.
In a response to the nearly 8,000 individuals that have signed on a Change.org petition for the Broncos and Tebow to become the first NFL team to create a video for the It Gets Better campaign, Bronco spokesperson Patrick Smyth "gave no indication that the team would be participating anytime soon," according to the Huffington Post.
"The Denver Broncos are committed to tolerance, acceptance and respect for all in the community," said Smyth. "The National Football League is currently working with USA Network on its ’Characters Unite’ campaign combating prejudice and intolerance, and our organization is in full support of that movement to help raise awareness for this very important cause."
"Smyth declined to provide a specific comment on It Gets Better," the Huffington Post report continued.
Andy Szekeres, the Bronco’s fan that organized the petition, said: "I commend the Broncos and all of the NFL for their work on a Characters Unite program to stand up against prejudice and intolerance but that is not enough or the same as standing in support of the It Gets Better Project."
A unifying issue
In explaining his reasoning behind the petition, Szekeres said, ""We may have differences on abortion and gay marriage, but stopping kids from killing themselves is an issue we can all get behind."
While no NFL teams have yet to make a "It Gets Better" video, the Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants have.
"While any effort to confront discrimination should be celebrated, the nearly 8,000 people who’ve signed this petition are hoping the Broncos will stand up and condemn a particular type of discrimation: anti-LGBT bullying," Michael Jones, senior organizer at Change.org., told the Huffington Post. "Scores of Major League Baseball teams stepped up to the plate and created ’It Gets Better’ videos, yet no NFL team has publicly committed to speaking out against anti-LGBT bullying. That makes this a unique opportunity for the Denver Broncos to listen to their fans, who are urging the team by the thousands to break new ground and become the first pro football team to create an ’It Gets Better’ video of their own."