On Tim Tebow, ‘spirituality’ and stating the obvious

Here we go again, sort of.

Now, I live in the land of purple and black here in Maryland, home of the World Champion Baltimore Ravens (it’s still fun to say that), where if anyone asked the local faithful to nominate a few candidates for the role of Antichrist, New England coach Bill Belichick would be right near the top of the list. Thus, the announcement that You Know Who had signed with the Patriots (Tim Tebow plus Patriots; get ready for an IRS audit) created quite a bit of amazement.

And now this, care of a better-than-the-norm story in Newsday:

FOXBORO, Mass. – The Patriots have said almost nothing about Tim Tebow’s football skills — or lack thereof — and where he might fit in on the field.

But Wednesday the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, said he was drawn to Tebow in part because of his “spirituality,” using that term three times to reporters.

“You can’t have enough good people around you,” Kraft said after a ceremony to honor 26 winners of the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, named for his late wife. “He has the added dimension of spirituality being so important to him, and that personally appeals to me a lot.”

Now, no sane reader had any trouble reading the code language here. There is no way on earth that Kraft was suggesting that young master Tebow was one of those “spiritual but not religious” people. Kraft simply didn’t need to connect the dots for everyone in the room to know what he was saying. Right?

Now my journalist question — after reading quite a few mainstream reports on this development — is whether it is a good thing or a bad thing that some, perhaps many, journalists felt that they needed to write this story while avoiding the “C” word. Did journalists need to state the obvious, or was the fact they were writing about TIM TEBOW enough for most of the population of North America?

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