Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick are both famous for kneeling during football games, but in dramatically different contexts.
Tebow had a habit of kneeling in prayer between plays, while Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem to protest police violence against African-Americans. But you wouldn't know from the opening paragraph of this HuffPost article titled "Here's What Many White Christians Fail To Understand About The NFL Protests."
When Tim Tebow knelt on the sidelines of a football game in a defiant and public act of faith during his years as an N.F.L. quarterback, he was adored as a darling of the American church. When Colin Kaepernick knelt before games in protest of police brutality, he received death threats, was called a "traitor" and eventually, left unsigned by the NFL.
That's quite the false equivalency.
Regardless of whether you're more supportive of Kaepernick or Tebow, it's pretty misleading to compare society's reaction to either player without noting they kneeled in completely different contexts. If Tebow had taken to kneeling during the national anthem as a form of political protest, and especially as a form of protest against police officers, it's not a stretch at all to say people would have been upset with him as well.
While the rest of the article does, of course, note the details of Kaepernick's protest, the clear assertion in the opening paragraph is that Tebow and Kaepernick's respective rituals were the same, and each man was received differently by society on the basis of his race alone. That one player kneeled in prayer without the intentions of making an overt political statement while the other kneeled during the national anthem for an expressly political purpose is obviously an important detail to note when analyzing the public's responses to both.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.