First things first: from a PR standpoint, this was the smart move. Second: "new information that has been brought to my attention." That's the new phrase ripe for debate here. Tebow is an extremely media-savvy guy. It's possible he didn't know about Jeffress' past remarks when he agreed to speak at the church. But: this is a prominent church with thousands of members, and Jeffress goes on TV all the time. If this was an oversight by Team Tebow, it was a glaring one.
Again, though, this was ultimately the right call. As much as some might try to downplay Jeffress' past remarks, he is on video saying all of this. Tebow's smart enough to know tat, regardless of whether he believes any of what Jeffress says or not, he doesn't want his name associated with Jeffress, even if it took him a while to figure it out. Maybe there aren't any fancier megachurches in the land for him to deliver his story, but there are plenty of others. And you can be sure that next time he schedules an appearance at one of them, he'll know more about the personnel there.
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