LeBron James and Tim Tebow: Why Young QB Should Distance Himself from King James

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos stands on the sideline during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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LeBron James must be feeling pretty lonely if he's reaching out to the (should be) backup quarterback for the Broncos, but I guess everybody needs someone sometimes.

Even Tim Tebow was probably starstruck when LeBron James gave him a shout-out via Twitter, but he should stop, think...

And run far, far away from any association with the "king" of South Beach.

To recap, Tebow found himself under the attack of ESPN's Merril Hoge, and LeBron James came riding in on his white horse to stand up for the former Gator via Twitter:

Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice

Now you come through in the clutch! 

Listen, Tim...

You have endeared yourself to fans nationwide because you're known for being a team player, working your tail off and doing the right thing.

James is known for leaving his team in the dust, giving up when the going gets tough and wondering why people hate him.

Now, you aren't the first up-and-coming football star to get buddy-buddy with LBJ—former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor also considers LeBron a friend and mentor.

Fantastic. The three of you can get matching tattoos.

Let's take a step back and ask ourselves this: Why did LeBron reach out to Tebow?

Some may tell you that he knows what Tebow is going through and that he felt the need to stand up for another stellar athlete who was being criticized for not living up to lofty expectations so early in his career. Maybe LeBron just wanted to save this young quarterback from some of the brutal scrutiny he has endured himself.

"Chin up, kid. I understand."

Does that sound like LeBron James to you?

Please. This is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to ride the coattails of someone who hasn't completely tarnished his reputation as a respected athlete...not to mention a respectable person.

James is trying to latch onto a young star who has his entire career ahead of him and who (gasp) is still liked by the majority of sports fans. Instead of delivering the championships he promised to the Cleveland Cavaliers and now the Miami Heat, LeBron is hoping that this newfound friendship with Tebow will score him some brownie points with the public.

Tebow would be wise to put an end to this relationship before he gets sucked down with the S.S. Quitness.

Is Tebow the best man for the Broncos' starting job? Irrelevant. LeBron James certainly isn't going to help him play better football, and Tebow already has something that James said goodbye to a long time ago: integrity.  

LeBron James is still desperately trying to be the life of the party.

Tim Tebow is just happy to be invited.