Tim Tebow cancels controversial appearance

02/21/2013 1:11 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Tim Tebow spent the 2012 NFL season with the Jets.(AP)
New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow has canceled a scheduled appearance on April 28 to speak at the First Baptist Church in Dallas. The church and its pastor, Rev. Robert Jeffress, have been at the center of controversy for several years after he made negative comments about homosexuality and other sects of religion. 

Tebow took to his Twitter account giving his reason for backing out of the appearance stating, "While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic, First Baptist Church of Dallas in April, due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!"

Rev. Jeffress has continually made derogatory comments about Mormonism, Catholicism and Islam, while slamming the homosexual community.

Tebow initially came under heavy scrutiny for his upcoming appearance at the church with many believing that by him making a speech there, that he agreed with the churches beliefs. With the cancelation of his appearance, Tebow has killed any problems that might have surrounded him by attending on April 28.

Tebow does have some history speaking to large crowds in the Dallas-Austin area. Last April he spoke to about 15,000 people at an outdoor Easter service.

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