On Friday, Skip Bayless tweeted that he would be appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” and would be defending Tim Tebow from those who “persecute” him concerning his Christian faith. Twice during Bayless’ remarks, ESPN cut abruptly to commercial. Some are suggesting that ESPN was censoring Bayless’ remarks. I suppose that’s possible, but it seems unlikely to me. Why would they be so obvious if that’s what they were doing? Why would they allow some of his remarks if they wanted to suppress Bayless’ views? To me the censorship charge doesn’t seem to add up, but you can watch above and form your own conclusions.
In spite of the interruptions, I thought this conversation was noteworthy. Stephen Smith has criticized Tebow for wearing his faith on his sleeve. Bayless defends Tebow by saying that he is merely obeying Jesus’ command to be a “fisher of men.” As a regular viewer of America’s premier sports network, it’s just really strange to hear this kind of conversation on ESPN. Watch it above.