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Unrestricted free agent Brady Quinn, who was backup quarterback at the Denver Broncos last season, has apologized for comments he made about Tim Tebow and the team in a recent article with GQ.
In case you guys missed what happened, here are some of the quotes attributed to Quinn in that piece:
“Early in the season, there was a game when Kyle [Orton] got hurt and the coaches were calling for me to go in, but Kyle got up and finished the game out. So I was the second-string guy. Then, a few weeks later, they decided to put Tim in. I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that. Just ’cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn’t have any billboards. That would have been nice.”
Here is another one about Tebow’s on-field actions:
“If you look at it as a whole, there’s a lot of things that just don’t seem very humble to me. When I get that opportunity, I’ll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?”
Once the article, written by Michael Silver, hit the newsstands, the proverbial dung hit the fan for Quinn and he was quick to distance himself from the piece. In a series of tweets he tried to deflect the heat the article was generating:
“The comments attributed to me in a recent magazine article are in NO WAY reflective of my opinion of Tim and the Broncos. Tim deserves a lot of credit for our success and I’m happy for him and what he accomplished. Most importantly, he is a great teammate.
“That interview was conducted three months ago, and the resulting story was a completely inaccurate portrayal of my comments. I have addressed my disappointment with the writer and have reached out to Tim to clear this up. I apologize to anyone who feels I was trying to take anything away from our Team’s or Tim’s success this season.”
Silver, through his own Twitter account, clarified two things. The first was the tone Brady used during the interview:
“I do agree that Brady is a standup guy, and his tone was not bitter,” read the tweet.
The second thing was that the author was standing firmly behind the piece and the Quinn quotes there within.
“I have the interview on tape. The quotes are accurate. Brady has a copy of the audio file.”
Will Tebow forgive Quinn for his comments, as one would expect from a man with his faith, and will Quinn even be around Denver next year to apologize in person?
Only time will tell, but in the meantime, here is a compilation of Tebow’s top ten plays of the 2011 season.