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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he does not hate Tim Tebow

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

On Thursday, Bill Belichick denied a month-old report that suggested he hated Tim Tebow as a player. (USATSI)
On Thursday, Bill Belichick denied a month-old report that suggested he hated Tim Tebow as a player. (USATSI)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick might not love Tim Tebow as much as Chuck Norris does, but he certainly doesn't hate him. Belichick finally went on the record about Tebow on Thursday and said that he doesn't hate the former Jets quarterback as a player, a notion that was suggested in a May 9 story from Yahoo Sports.

"Every single player has strengths and weaknesses. But regardless of that, for anyone to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible," Belichick said, via ESPN Boston. "It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported."

Belichick was also asked if the Patriots had any interest in signing Tebow as a free agent and, as Belichick is wont to do, he simply sidestepped the question.

"I wouldn't get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent," Belichick said.

When Tebow was released by the Jets in late April, one of the first teams that popped up as a potential landing spot in speculation was the Patriots. After all, it was New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels who brought Tebow into the league. As the head coach of the Broncos, McDaniels made Tebow the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

After only three years, Tebow's football career could be over, unless, of course, he wants to play indoors for the Omaha Beef or up north with the Montreal Alouettes in Canada. Or he can cross his fingers and hope that Mike Ditka returns to coaching.

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