When Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, just about everyone and their mothers predicted that all Hell would rain down on the team. Everyone knew that the media attention he would receive from being in New York City would be as epic towards any athlete that we've seen. Well, apparently all that attention has gone to Tebow's head, or something, as he has finally taken the step past endearing — and almost iconic — to downright idiotic.
In a move first reported on TMZ.com, Tim Tebow has taken legal action against Chubby Tees for making a shirt he feels depicts him improperly –a shirt that in no way uses Tebow's brand or image — unless of course he thinks he's the modern day Jesus.
Chubby Tees is a shirt making company that specializes in fun sports-themed T-shirts. Their latest, and the one that has Tebow's saint robes all aflutter, features a remix of the Jets logo to say 'MY JESUS'. The 'NY' is replaced with the 'MY' and 'JETS' is replaced with 'JESUS'. Also, the football on the logo is replaced with the "Ichthys," or "sign of the fish," which is often used to express faith.
There is no picture of Tebow superimposed anywhere on this shirt. There is also no mention of his name, initials, or even a hint of a resemblance of anything that is Tim Tebow. Yet, somehow, Tebow saw injustice enough in the shirt to send Chubby Tees a cease and desist letter in order to stop the sale of the item.
The letter states the following: "The Merchandise makes it appear as if Mr. Tebow actually endorses Chubby Tees and its products."
Um, no, not unless the religious community has forced some bill through Congress making Tim Tebow the sole person in the world that can reference religion to garner attention; and I think we would have heard about something like that. No, this whole thing just stinks of a pampered athlete making more of himself than he actually is. It's one thing to believe in what you believe in, but when you take it past the point of sanity to this level of idiocy, well, I think it's time to come down a peg or two.
For their part, Chubby Tees is going on with business as usual, after sending a letter back to Tebow's lawyers stating that the design "shares nothing with Mr. Tebow except for promotion of a common Lord and Savior." The shirt is still on sale, though not on Ebay as Tebow's lawyers pressured them enough to pull the shirt from their site.
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