Published August 14, 2012
Wherever Tim Tebow goes, controversy seems to follow. And now that includes the cover of GQ.
The magazine's NFL kickoff issue features Tebow on the cover, which is mildly controversial in sports circles as he is a merely a second string quarterback on a team that was 8-8 last year, not a position that usually merits a national magazine spread.
But its a photo inside, where Tebow looks like he's posing shirtless as Jesus Christ on the cross, legs crossed and arms outstretched, that had the Craig Carton, host of the WFAN sports radio show in New York City, going bonkers early Tuesday morning.
What Carton did not mention, and may not not have known, is that the photo had appeared before in the pages of the same magazine, when Tebow was quarterback for the Florida Gators college football team.
The photo from that article has been digitally altered in the current issue of GQ to take out the Gators signage that was visible in the original pic, and also changed from a color photo to black and white, so that Tebow's bright blue Gators football pants would not be so noticeable (his current team, the Jets, wear green).
Tebow, 25, is famously candid about his strong religious beliefs, so his apparent pose as Jesus Christ in the men's magazine had Carton ridiculing him as a "narcisist" and a "fraud," and calling him "sexy Jesus."
“He gets it, he plays the role,” Carton said. “He’s typically very, very sincere and very, very consistent about who he is and what his beliefs are. You just saw a little inkling into what he thinks of himself.”
Several callers also chimed in, agreeing with Carton.
What do you think of the brouhaha? Is Tebow being sacrilegious with his pose, or scapegoated?