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Bill Belichick doesn't hate Tim Tebow, despite report

Roger Simmons | From the Sports Editor

Orlando Sentinel

9:25 AM EDT, June 7, 2013

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Bill Belichick doesn't hate Tim Tebow. He wants you to know that.

Belichick, the Super Bowl-winning coach of the New England Patriots, told ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates that a report that he "hates" Tebow is "completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible."

"Every single player has strengths and weaknesses but regardless of that, for any to have represented that is the way I feel about Tim Tebow is completely untrue, baseless and irresponsible. It's unfortunate that something so inaccurate was reported," Belichick told the Yates.

The "inaccurate report" was from Yahoo! Sports, which last month reported: "And 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."

So, now that we have established that Belichick doesn't "hate" Tebow, does that mean perhaps the Patriots might sign the former Gators quarterback?

"I wouldn't get into the probability of us pursuing any free agent," Belichick told ESPNBoston.

Roger Simmons is the executive sports editor for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via email at rsimmons@orlandosentinel.com. Or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@rogersimmons. Become a fan of the Orlando Sentinel Sports Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/orlandosentinelsports