In the lead up to the Super Bowl on February 4, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles commented that his faith in God would carry him through the match against the New England Patriots. Foles has said in the past that he wants to be a pastor someday and he is currently a student at Liberty University, a pro-religion educational institute.
Tony Dungy, a former NFL coach and currently an NBC sports analyst and commentator, has been blasted online for referencing Foles’ Christian beliefs and how they interacted with the game, reports Independent Journal Review.
When the Eagles secured their 41 to 33 win over the Patriots, Dungy tweeted out, “Congratulations to the Eagles. Nick Foles told me last week that he felt the Lord had him in Philadelphia for a special moment and he played like it tonight.”
Congratulations to the Eagles. Nick Foles told me last week that he felt the Lord had him in Philadelphia for a special moment and he played like it tonight. pic.twitter.com/BgYvucnK6Q
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) February 5, 2018
Dungy’s comments left fellow sports commentator Kyle Koster fuming:
“Dungy expressing his beliefs on his personal time and platform is one thing. And even if I disagree with him sometimes, I appreciate his candor and willingness to open himself up for criticism. But when his beliefs seep into his analyst role — either unintentionally or otherwise — they should be checked, both by NBC and the public.”
Where was this outrage when numerous NBC journalists reported ‘fake news’ about President Trump?
The former Indianapolis Colts’ coach was also crucified on Twitter:
— Eric Adler (@eladler) February 5, 2018
Does that mean the lord hated the Patriots. Does NBC want you preaching on air ?
— Kevin Strako (@KStrako) February 5, 2018
They won because Nick Foles has a spirit filled inner life??? Now that’s a new one…..
— Eric Bronner (@bronnerea) February 5, 2018
What could be more arrogant than believing god didn't stop the killing of Sandy Hook children, he didn't stop the Holocaust, he lets people die of hunger, he allows people to be killed in mass shootings. But, oh yeah, he stopped to help Foles throw a football. Okay.
— Tahira Zec (@TidaX007) February 6, 2018
Despite being bombarded by the barbs and arrows of seething liberal hatred, Dungy had a great closing remark:
“Why would you find it hard to believe that the Holy Spirit could speak to Nick Foles just as much as a coach could speak to him? If he credited a coach for saying “Stay calm and be confident” that’s good. But if he tells me Christ says that to him I shouldn’t report it???”
Why would you find it hard to believe that the Holy Spirit could speak to Nick Foles just as much as a coach could speak to him? If he credited a coach for saying “Stay calm and be confident” that’s good. But if he tells me Christ says that to him I shouldn’t report it??? https://t.co/I7P4IU26GH
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) February 6, 2018
What do you think? Was Dungy right to report on Foles’ faith?
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