Last week we brought you word of a Change.org petition asking Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos to send a message of support to LGBT youth by creating a video for the It Gets Better project. The petition swelled with thousands of signatures, prompting national media attention, and today, a response from the Broncos franchise. So, what does the NFL team have to say in reply to the It Gets Better request?
Unwilling to outright deny the thousands of petitioners, a rep from the Broncos danced around a statement to say that the team will not be joining It Gets Better anytime soon.
"The Denver Broncos are committed to tolerance, acceptance and respect for all in the community," Broncos rep Patrick Smyth said in a statement. "The National Football League is currently working with USA Network on its 'Characters Unite' campaign combating prejudice and intolerance, and our organization is in full support of that movement to help raise awareness for this very important cause."
Andy Szekeres, creator of the Change.org petition, wasn't satisfied with the response.
"I commend the Broncos and all of the NFL for their work on a Characters Unite program to stand up against prejudice and intolerance but that is not enough or the same as standing in support of the It Gets Better Project," Szekeres said.
"The Broncos have a rare opportunity to make a difference and give hope to thousands of LGBT youth across the country as the first NFL team to make an It Gets Better Video. I think I can speak for the thousands of people who signed this petition when I urge the Broncos to show the country that Colorado and the Broncos stand against bullying LGBT teens and youth," he added. "The Broncos have the chance to lead the league and stand up for one of the country's must vulnerable populations."
(Source: Huffington Post)