Obama questions Tim Tebow trade

Updated: August 3, 2012, 11:53 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow quarterback situation has stirred plenty of debate on radio call-in shows. And now Barack from Washington has checked in with an opinion.

Yes, the President of the United States.

Barack Obama was a guest Thursday on sports station 97.1 WBNS-FM in Columbus, Ohio. He questioned the Tebow trade and wondered if it will cause problems in the New York Jets' locker room.

"I don't like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season," Obama told the station. "So if I was a Jets fan, I'd be pretty nervous."

Obama, who was asked about a variety of sports topics during an eight-minute interview, praised Sanchez.

"Sanchez is not Tom Brady yet, but he led them to the playoffs two years in a row," he said, adding:

"I think Tim Tebow seems to be a wonderful young man and he's got just a great, winning attitude. He really steps up when things count, but there's going to be a lot of tension in that situation. So it will be interesting to see how it plays itself out."

It should be noted that Jets owner Woody Johnson is a prominent fundraiser for the Mitt Romney campaign.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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