Former NFL player-turned-baseball player Tim Tebow set the record straight about a photo of him kneeling on the football field that has circulated online.
The photo showed Tebow kneeling on the sideline with his head bent in an alleged “protest of abortion.” The post was shared by some influential people, including Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory and rapper T.I.
During an interview with USA Today, Tebow called it “a little bit sad” that people “try to create something that had zero truth.”
He explained that he began kneeling in high school before and after games to “thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and also put things into perspective.”
“It was just something I did with a personal relationship with my God,” he added.
As far as the speculation that he was kneeling during the national anthem, he explained he only stood for it.
“I never did anything during a national anthem but stand and support my country,” he told USA Today.Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
While he never took a knee for the anthem, the former professional football player explained that he won’t detract from someone standing up for what they believe in.
“I think when people believe in something and they stand for that, I don’t knock them for that,” he said. “Even if I agree with some or disagree with some, I appreciate it when people have convictions and they stand for that.”
Tebow added that he knows people on both sides of the debate and that it’s more important to “know their heart and where they’re coming from and where the conviction stands in their heart and what they really want to share.”
The former NFL player’s kneeling on the field became so well-known that it garnered the name “Tebowing.”