What Tim Tebow does in the bedroom shouldn't be anyone else's business, but he raised plenty of eyebrows with his blunt answer to a reporter's question a few years ago if he was saving himself for marriage.
At SEC Sports media day in 2009, Tebow was asked straight out by AOL Fanhouse sports journalist Clay Travis in this video (0:12 mark) "I just wonder personally - and I think a lot of people do - are you saving yourself for marriage?"
Tebow blushed a bit, but took the question in stride. "Yes, I am," he responded, alluding to the fact that he hasn't lost his virginity.
Tebow, just 22 years old at the time, didn't appear to be bothered by the question. He handled it like a professional, but perhaps he should have just said that his love life is a private matter, rather than providing full disclosure of matters that are personal.
Now with Tebow at 24 years old and rapidly closing in on age 25, there have been no reports that anything has changed as far as the status of his virginity.
In an extremely bizarre twist to the story, Ashley Madison, a controversial infidelity-dating website, is offering $1 million for proof that Tebow is not a virgin.
"Sports and sex (and of course, infidelity) go hand in hand," said Noel Biderman, founder of Ashley Madison, in a statement, as reported by guyism.com. "If Mr. Tebow is indeed abstaining from adult relationships, I would encourage him to find a nice lady or two and enjoy his youth and fame as much as possible."
While this website may be sinking to a new low by actually going through with this publicity stunt, it does make me wonder what kind of hit Tebow's reputation would take if someone stepped forward to prove that he's not a virgin.
When Britney Spears declared to the world in 1999 that she was a virgin and saving herself for marriage, her reputation took a bit of a public hit when it was later revealed that she had actually lost her virginity at age 14.
Would fans feel betrayed if they found out Tebow looked us all in the eyes and lied at the SEC Sports Media Day in 2009? Would people start to think all of his charitable endeavors are just publicity stunts? Would people think he's a phony?
By all indications, Tebow is genuine and true. Even Urban Meyer, once a skeptic of Tebow, quickly turned into a believer once he got to know him.
"To be honest with you, when I first met him, I was waiting," his former coach, Urban Meyer, said in an AP report. "Come on, come on, let's go. OK, Philippines (missionaries). Come on. Give me the real gig here. Do you want a hat? What's the deal? It's true. It's all from the heart. I love that guy. I've never met one like him. It's 100 percent right on target. That's why he lives his life. He told me that during recruiting, and I was skeptical because I've heard that before and then they're out at a nightclub."
I'm hoping that Tebow rises above this website's ridiculous stunt to tarnish his reputation, and comes out of it as genuine as he appears to have always been.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan and Tim Tebow supporter. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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