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LeBron James has Tim Tebow’s back (at least on twitter)

Aug 4, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

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Tim Tebow is in the middle of a media storm with ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge just pretty much shredding him.

But not to worry, LeBron James has his back. At least on twitter.

Wednesday night LeBron tweeted:

Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he’ll be nice

Listened to Merril Hoge today on SC and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn’t even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in.

Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!

Yea LeBron haters, how about encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating. You are all just a bunch of meanies.

Insert your own jokes here about LeBron and winning, I’m not going to waste the energy to come up with them. Tebow did win in college, as a running quarterback in an offense that would never fly in the NFL. The book is still out on Tebow at the next level. And Hoge’s job is to draw viewers to ESPN, seems to me he is succeeding at that today.

  1. secdominance - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    In other news, LeBron James watches football and comments on it. Let see how we can criticize him for that

    • skids003 - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Hoge is a moron. Who cares what he thinks? When Tebow succeeeds, he’ll be the first one to claim he told us so.

      • mella21 - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        Hoge has already kind of admitted that he has a personal bias against Tebow. He mentioned early on that he doesn’t like how Tebow gets all this credit as a ‘high character’ guy, because it made it seem as if the rest of the NFL are not.

        Still, Hoge has a right to give his commentary..& obviously Lebron is sticking up for Tebow because he sees a parallel to their situations.
        That’s understandable, but I wish he could have drawn a distinction between sound and hyperactive commentary without insinuating Hoge turn into a cheerleader & ‘just wishing him the best’. LOL, that kind of messed up his entire argument.

  2. blueintown - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Heeere we go..

  3. diablito0402 - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Hahaha lets get it started people,, he should worry on whos got his back, he is the most hated athlete in the nation according to some surveys..

    • secdominance - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      yet jersey & merchandise sales suggest otherwise

      • eazye76 - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        The people who buy jerseys represent a very small portion of NBA fans. I know a lot of adults who love the NBA and none of them wear jerseys.

        Other merchandise is a pretty good gauge I suppose, but all jersey sales show is how many 12 year olds like a guy. Anyone who thinks Lebron is one of the most loved guys in the NBA are fooling themselves.

  4. blackheld - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Lebron having your back is like having the lifeguard knock you into the pool. Yeah, he was there, but you’d be happier if he’d been farther away.

    • mella21 - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      This was a pretty advantageous tweet for Lebron though…he sort of managed to align himself with a guy who-though he may be polarizing, is also seen in a pretty positive light by many people.

  5. John Henson - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Unless I am very much mistaken, the gift of prophecy went out a long time ago. There is no one, on TV or off, who can PREDICT what will happen.

    Listening to one prognosticator or another about what will be is a waste of time. That goes for ESPN, too. They’re always trying to act as fortune tellers.

  6. diablito0402 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    His brand took a plunge downhill last year, even though he sold the most jerzees, all of florida basically, his market is down,,

    • david8726 - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      Sorry but you’re dead wrong on that one.

      According to, LeBron made $30 million in endorsements in 2010. In 2011 he’s made $45 million in endorsements.

      You might not have liked The Decision, but the fact is that his brand is stronger than ever.

      • david8726 - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Actually, disregard my post. I realize I misread the data on that page, I’m an idiot. It was only info about 2010 earnings. Sorry about that.

        I’ll try to find some real info on how his brand is actually doing this year.

      • david8726 - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:21 PM

        Ok here we go –

        Sports illustrated has a good comparison between 2010 and 2011 earnings.

        In both 2010 and 2011, they say the dude is scheduled to earn about $30 million in endorsements.

        So like I said, it’s pretty hard to argue that his brand has taken a huge hit if he’s still making what he did last year in endorsement money and his jersey sales are still great.

  7. florida727 - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Did Merril Hoge ever actually accomplish anything as a player… other than getting the crap kicked out of himself with all those concussions? Okay, so he looks good in a suit. As far as being an analyst, well, let’s just hope Tebow becomes a better player than Hoge is an analyst. At least then, Tim will be considered a success. Hoge never will.

  8. cosanostra71 - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    so LeBron doesn’t respect the opinion of people who weren’t all-world at their sport? What about his coach Erik Spoelstra?

    • david8726 - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      He never said anything about not respecting people who weren’t all world.

      He just said he heard what Hodge said and thinks he’s wrong. Nothing wrong with that.

      • cosanostra71 - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM

        he made it pretty clear he can’t differentiate between analyzing/criticizing and acting like you’re better than them.

        It just makes me wonder how he takes criticisms from his coach Erik Spoelstra.

  9. goforthanddie - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    And what exactly qualifies leb as a knowledgeable football source? Or is leb just riding Tebow’s sac because Tebow has actually won something?

    • david8726 - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      What are you trying to say? That you aren’t allowed to comment about football unless you’re a “knowledgeable football source?”

      Screw that. LeBron is a football fan and has the same right to comment about the NFL as any other random fan or blogger out there.

      LeBron has Tebows back because he knows what it’s like to be in the crosshairs of critics. I think it’s admirable that he’s sticking up for the guy.

      • goforthanddie - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM

        He has every right to comment. Just like you and I. And I’m commenting that Hoge, idiot though he may be, probably has a better clue than leb.
        How much time has leb spent watching tape of the guy? Does he watch practices? Does he have any football background over and above what you or I have? Does he actually KNOW anything, or is he just running his mouth as usual?
        Face it, Tebow apparently can’t take the starter’s job away from Kyle Orton. Again, that’s KYLE ORTON. Second-year or not, that isn’t impressive. Joe Flacco started his rookie year and took the Ravens to 2 playoff wins. Matt Ryan started his first year and took Atlanta to the playoffs. Tebow doesn’t even impress the people who pay him.
        I’m sure Tebow’s a nice guy who tries hard. And unlike leb, Tebow doesn’t deserve the flack he gets. The difference is, Tebow doesn’t bring it upon himself. He doesn’t run his mouth, he doesn’t write checks his ass can’t cash, he doesn’t expose his own stupidity while attempting to call out others.

  10. southbeachtalent - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Ahhhh the usual LeBron haters. Hey fellas still living your pathetic lives I see.

    • goforthanddie - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Still living your title-less life I see.

      • cosanostra71 - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:27 PM

        you mean that life where I have as many NBA Championships as LeBron?

  11. dirtybird2020 - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Yea we are but southbeachtalent is living in that sh!thole we call miami! F lebron and his fans! Nuthuggers! We are living our normal lives,as are u i see! if u had so much talent why are you even commenting on this article go make yourself useful and put some water in lebrons mothers bowl u queer! Lebron hater for life! Glad the choked like lebrons mother on d-west! Hahaha

    • david8726 - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      Miami is a sh!thole, eh?

      Ya it sucks down here with all our beautiful women and year-round fantastic weather. We’re really very unfortunate.


      • cosanostra71 - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:33 PM

        Miami is nice, but I like LA better. All those things you mentioned, minus the humidity.

  12. dirtybird2020 - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Lol it all makes sense now, lebron gets his choking from his mother! Hahaha atleast she dont quit when things get hard! Hahahaha screw lebron! True bum!

  13. dirtybird2020 - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    It all makes sense now,lebron gets his choking from his mother, atleast she dont quit when things get hard! Haha lbj hater for life!

  14. dirtybird2020 - Aug 4, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Someone should find lebrons dad(good luck on that one) and kick him so hard in the nuts he can never foul the earth with another piece of crap like that bum! Too bad his dad wasnt around to teach him how to act and raise him with manners! Yea i went here! Cant wait to see his nuttbudies trying to defend him! Miami blows!

    • secdominance - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      Dude, go back to living your pathetic life! There was no need to bring his parents into this discussion. First of all, having a dad in your life isn’t the barometer that decides whether you’ll have manners and respect for others. Second off, some of the people out there are better off not having a dad in their life. The father you don’t have may be better than the “insufficient daddying” I’ve seen that have lead to some of the most hateful, disrespectful this world has produced.

      You should know dirtybird2020, if your dad was around he would taught you to not disrespect people you don’t even know. And if your dad was there, well, maybe this is another case of the “insufficient daddying” I was talking about

  15. ezwriter69 - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Consider the source, LeBron… Hoge is the genius judge of talent who rated Haloti Ngata as the WORST pick of the 2006 draft, and insisted that Ngata was not at all an athlete, he was just a big fat guy who took up space, and took more plays off than Randy Moss, and guaranteed that he would be a bust whom Ray Lewis would have no respect for… ole’ Merril did have one too many concussions, and the effects still show. He may well be right on Tebow, but if so, it will just have been a guess, because Hoge has no clue as to talent or how football is played, he’s a joke with ZERO credibility.

    • mella21 - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      I don’t know enough of Hoge’s career to really validate he has zero credibility, but I *Did* agree with Lebron that some of these commentators (especially the sport writers who have NEVER played a competitive minute) get overzealous on tv.

      I have no problem when Magic Johnson bluntly tells the camera that Lebron needs to stay in the gym all summer. But when Skip Bayless gets on NATIONAL tv and calls a grown man “bosh spice”, ridiculing someone’s manhood, even talking about their children, and making other personal attacks..that feels more like bloodsport instead of commentary. But in the next breath they chastise players for using ‘inappropriate’ slurs in the game. Okaay…

      • secdominance - Aug 4, 2011 at 10:11 PM

        the worse I may have seen one day was Shaun King criticizing Tom Brady’s play. I thought who was Shaun King to criticize Tom Brady!

  16. thegonz13 - Aug 4, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Some endorsement…

  17. josh928 - Aug 4, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    Man it must suck for Lebron. He gets all the blame for Miami not winning the title. Everyone wants to say he choked and acts like noone else was on that team. Mist be hard for all of u to dig and dig and dig to find something for u to hate Lebron for only to have to settle on the fact that he didn’t win a title…yet. That’s sad. He’ll live his life and u can all live yours where u talk trash about someone on blogs and message boards. Grow up. Especially whoever “dirtybird 2020” is. Pathetic.

  18. John - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Tebow sucks.

  19. dirtybird2020 - Aug 5, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Haha theres his but buddys! The women in miami floated there on rafts from cuba, please! Haha u make me laugh u guys know ur crappy when ur known more fir ur women than ur known for basketball! Bum, i live the same life lebron lives championshipless haha good comment, lebum is getting laced into for being a quitter! Im happy for him biggest piece of garbage there is! My dad taught me how to work and get a education one thing i have that that bum will never know nothing about! Akron hates you! Lol, i got more respect in my state for boxung than that bum has in his hometown for playing basketball haha

    • muhangis - Aug 6, 2011 at 12:04 AM

      Don’t waste your time arguing with these idiots…. since every damn person in that city (Miami) is extremely ARROGANT and SUPERFICIAL! They have no morals down there in Miami… and I’m not saying that off of a high horse. I just hate snotty stuck-up ppl!

      UNLESS your a “rich” guy/girl drivin around in a convertible out of the garage of a high-rise penthouse…. then they will view you as nothing!

      very true.

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