Wednesday the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft put himself on the side of those who admire Tebow for his faith, telling reporters that the quarterback’s spirituality is part of his appeal.
Here’s what Kraft told reporters, according to ESPN:
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots.Nam Y. Huh / AP
Kraft, who is Jewish and has reportedly made large philanthropic donations to Israeli sports causes, has spoken positively about Tebow’s faith before. Ahead of a 2011 showdown between the Patriots and the Denver Broncos, where Tebow then played, Kraft said:
The majority of employers are barred from discriminating against a potential employee based on their religion. (The murky middle ground being the ongoing debate over religious groups that take government money for charitable work.) The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Web notes that: “Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs.” But what about favorably?
UPDATE: Charles C. Haynes of the First Amendment Center says that he thinks that Kraft’s comments on the role Tebow’s faith played in his hiring are perfectly legal. Haynes writes: