Minor league baseball team, the Charleston RiverDogs, has apologized after mercilessly mocking former NFL star Tim Tebow during his team’s three-game series with the RiverDogs last week.
The RiverDogs played “Hallelujah Chorus” every time Tebow came up to bat, and their mascot, Charlie T. RiverDog, wore eyeblack under his eyes with “John 3:16” written across it—a move Tebow became famous for in college.
Here’s a tweet:
I've caught the Tebow fever. pic.twitter.com/l0UeNOqHQw
— Charlie T. RiverDog (@CharlieRiverDog) June 17, 2017
It didn’t stop there.
When other batters from Tebow’s team came up, a photo of Tebow would reportedly emerge showing him crying after his college team lost the 2009 SEC Championship game, with the famous “John 3:16” scrawled under his eyes.
Text accompanying the image read, “Not Tim Tebow.”
The ruthless mocking occurred just days after Tebow made headlines for singling out a young fan with Down Syndrome prior to a game in Maryland.
Tebow spotted the young fan as he walked out onto the field. She was holding a “Night to Shine” sign—a charity event that Tebow sponsors that’s a makeshift “prom” for young people with disabilities—which he carefully examined before signing it for the fan.
Check it out (per Liftable):
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“Instead of taking a victors walk in front of the thousands of people who were yelling and chanting his name, he stopped and made a sharp turn towards our direction,” [fan Kevin] Liddle wrote. “Out of all the people in the stadium, Tebow singled out this one girl.”
“Seeing that was worth way more than any autograph,” Ashley Liddle commented as Tebow walked away. Her husband agreed — their hearts were swelling with love after witnessing such a gracious act.
Here’s Liddle’s Facebook post:
The Charleston RiverDogs issued an apology following their in-poor-taste stunt:
“While we believe that our promotions were poking fun at Mr. Tebow’s celebrity status rather than his religion or baseball career, our intent was not to offend anyone, and for the fact that we did offend, we are sorry,” he said in a statement to the Post and Courier.
Echols continued, “Of the many promotional pieces that we executed, there were a handful on Friday’s game that some construed as in poor taste, and we made it a focus to remove those elements and celebrate Mr. Tebow the remainder of his time in Charleston.”
Tebow himself did not respond to the antics, which is likely a showcase of the class act we know him to be.