ESPN starting to think that Tim Tebow doesn’t really want to work there
BRISTOL, CT — Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow held a workout for 28 Major League Baseball scouts on Tuesday in Los Angeles, some 3,000 miles away from the headquarters of ESPN, where he is employed as an analyst for the SEC Network. The highly public search for a new job was not lost on many of his co-workers and bosses at the network.
“Sports media is a competitive industry and I’m not going to be naive and say that he’s the first ESPN employee to sniff around for opportunities they might think are better,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “But there’s certain ways to do it. You use your Gmail account to send out resumes instead of your work one. Or you say you have a doctor’s appointment when you really have an interview. But have an open call tryout with a bunch of cameras there? It’s unprofessional and it will be addressed with Tim.”
This isn’t the first time Tebow has openly looked for different jobs since joining ESPN either. Last summer he stopped showing up to work for several weeks while trying to get a job with the Philadelphia Eagles and then, when not getting the position, just showed up again like nothing had happened.
“We want people here who are dedicated to the company,” said football analyst John Clayton. “You don’t see me out there trying out for the Eagles or hitting baseballs in front of scouts do you? No. Because I want to be here and my bosses expect this to be my priority. It’s not fair that he isn’t held to the same standard.”
Tebow says he has very committed to his work at ESPN, however: “God is good and he has blessed me with a great fallback position with ESPN until he decides to work in my life in a way that can finally get me out of there.”