Tim Tebow didn’t hold back when asked what he thought about University of Maryland’s decision to fire football head coach D.J. Durkin one day after reinstating him.
“It’s amazing how so many of these schools, they are doing one thing, and when they find out it’s not popular, then they’re totally changing,” the 31-year-old former professional football player explained Friday morning on ESPN’s “First Take.”
It starts at the 6:07 mark on the video shared on YouTube. (RELATED: Investigation Into Maryland’s Football Program Following Player’s Death Yields Unexpected Results)
“Look at Tennessee last year and Maryland right now. You know, I think when these universities make decisions: one, they have to wait to try to make the right one, or when they make it, you got to stand up for your decision,” he added. “Or you can just be pushed around non-stop.”
Then he really goes off in the second part of the clip that’s been shared on Twitter.
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“Because right now, it shows that people are so afraid to have conviction … they’re like, ‘Oh my goodness, social media is against us. Well, we’re going to fire him now,'” Tebow explained.
“You just made a decision to keep him,” he exclaimed. “If you believe that’s the best thing that’s right for the program, then it shouldn’t matter what I say. It shouldn’t matter what social media says.”
Tebow continued, “But so many people, they want to be liked instead of being respected, and I think more universities need to stand by what they believe is right … Too many people in our day and age — they just want to be liked and have all of social media … social media is never always going to like you.”
“I want these [university] presidents and [athletic directors] to stand up, and when you say something, have it mean something,” he added. “Let’s be men of our word and have character when we say something we believe in and we have conviction.”
Durkin was first put on leave in August following the death of one of the football players, Jordan McNair, who died of heatstroke during practice. An investigation was launched after his death and over allegations of abuse in the program.
On Tuesday, he was reinstated after the investigation cleared him and the program. Then Wednesday he was let go following a backlash over his rehiring.