Tim Tebow decides to cancel appearance at controversial church

Tim Tebow kneels before the start of a

Tim Tebow kneels before the start of a game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 18, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tim Tebow has never been shy about discussing religion, but the Jets quarterback has decided to cancel his upcoming appearance at a controversial Dallas church.

Tebow was scheduled to speak April 28 at First Baptist Church of Dallas, led by pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, who reportedly is vehemently against homosexuality, Jews, Catholics and Muslims.

"While I was looking forward to sharing a message of hope and Christ's unconditional love with the faithful members of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas in April," Tebow tweeted, "due to new information that has been brought to my attention, I have decided to cancel my upcoming appearance. I will continue to use the platform God has blessed me with to bring Faith, Hope and Love to all those needing a brighter day. Thank you for all of your love and support. God Bless!"

First Baptist later issued a statement explaining that Tebow called Jeffress to say that for "personal and professional reasons, he needed to avoid controversy at this time but would like to come to First Baptist Dallas to speak at a future date."

Sherman won't back downSounding every bit like Rodney Dangerfield, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Wednesday on "NFL AM'' that he's still not getting the respect he deserves. And his Twitter war with Darrelle Revis on Tuesday is the latest example.

Sherman didn't back down from his comments about the Jets cornerback, with whom he exchanged insults on Twitter. On the confrontation with Revis on Twitter, he said Thursday: "He came off disrespectful, so words need to be said. Apparently, he is going to disrespect my game. I don't know what he has done -- stats wise -- to earn the right to talk down to people. He has never had more than six [interceptions] in a season so let's quiet down."

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said he sees nothing wrong with their social media feud or Sherman's confidence. "It's what makes him who he is,'' Schneider said. "That is one of the reasons we fell in love with him. He feels like he's the best cornerback in the league. God bless him.''

Revis seemed to have a change of heart Wednesday, tweeting: "Yesterday was all in fun on my end, some may say I was out of character, but injury or no injury you have to prove yourself every year."

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