- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn apologized Tuesday for less-than-flattering comments he made in a GQ article about Denver Broncos teammate Tim Tebow.
Perhaps the most jarring comment appearing in the GQ story — which was written by Michael Silver — centers on the way Tebow handled the attention surrounding him this year. Quinn, according to Silver, said:
"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?"
In an apology spanning five tweets, Quinn said the comments were not reflective of his opinion of Tebow or the Broncos, adding that he reached out to Silver to express his disappointment in the portrayal of his comments. Silver later wrote on Twitter that he has audio tape of Quinn's quotes.
I can side with Quinn in one sense — athletes often catch heat for not opening up, then get crushed once they're finally honest. And being the guy to publicly bash Tebow, arguably the most divisive athlete in this country, will make you a target for criticism. But blaming the reporter? We've already seen this played out with Ray Small and James Harrison. Barring lots of misquoting — and, as mentioned earlier, Silver has said he has the tape — it's tough to figure out what Silver could have done to paint a "completely inaccurate portrayal" of Quinn's comments.