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Bill Belichick refutes report that he ‘hates’ Tim Tebow

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Belichick and Tebow expressing their true feelings in Jan. 2012. (Getty Images)

Things have been relatively quiet on the Tim Tebow front of late, and you know we can't have that for too long. Neither could ESPN Boston, who recently got in touch with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick to ask him about a recent story from Y! Sports' Mike Silver.

In that story, about the fact that many NFL teams are shying away from signing the quarterback-at-large because of the media goofiness he would bring wherever he goes, Silver heard from a source with the Pats who told him that Belichick won't be joining the Tebow Fan Club (if there still is one):

While there's plenty of media chatter that Tebow could land with the Patriots (whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, was the man behind the Broncos' decision to draft Tebow in the first round), my organizational sources tell me that's very unlikely to happen, with one going so far as to say that Coach Bill Belichick "hates" Tebow as a player. As for the prospect of employing Tebow as a change-of-pace quarterback — and asking Tom Brady to come off the field in those situations — the source says, "No chance. Plus they wouldn't like the circus that comes with it."

On Wednesday, Belichick took that report to task.

"I wouldn't get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent," he told ESPN Boston's Field Yates. "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. It is unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported."

Well, that's interesting. Like most coaches, Belichick understands the power of the media to bend and twist things (yes, we're including ourselves here), especially where a popular subject is concerned. But Mike is generally pretty right on with his reporting, to the point where he tends to annoy some NFL higher-ups with his accuracy. And he seems to have done so in this case.

Another possibility: Belichick and Urban Meyer are close friends, and Meyer, who coached Tebow at Florida, has long been an advocate for Tebow's NFL greatness, the facts notwithstanding. Perhaps Belichick was poked by Meyer to "set the record straight" and do a solid for his buddy. Perhaps Tebow also recently stopped by Meyer's new digs at Ohio State.

Of course, Belichick could put this all to rest by signing Tebow, but wethinks that won't be happening anytime soon.

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