Pat Robertson Puts a Heavenly Bounty on Manning: Twitter Reacts

By: Jonathan Fisher - March 23, 2012

Pat Robertson has said some crazy things in his day. So it’s keeping with tradition that the 700 Club host should say even more crazy things, maybe even take those crazy things into the world of sports talk. He could, for example, suggest that it would serve the Broncos right if Peyton Manning, who recently replaced über-Christian Tim Tebow as Denver’s starting quarterback, got injured this coming season. Oh wait, that actually happened.

Robertson has a history of ascribing unfortunate events to manifestations of God’s wrath, like the time he suggested the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti was punishment for a 19th-century Haitian pact with the devil. While he didn’t explicitly state that Manning would be injured at the hand of God, a lot of viewers think Robertson implied that there will be theological implications to the Tebow trade, given the televangelist’s record of speaking for the Almighty, and his outspoken support of Tebow as a Christian figure. I’ll let you decide for yourself what Robertson meant, though. Here’s the vid, via Media Matters.

Robertson’s right: Public Relations doesn’t bear him out. For proof of this, look no further than Twitter, where the general reaction to Robertson’s comments goes something like this: “OMG, WTF?! #STFU.” (Most comments were a bit more articulate than that, but you get the idea.) As a matter of fact, why don’t we just have a look-see at what people are saying:

Pat Robertson says God might injure Peyton Manning. Sure, if God wants to be banned from the NFL for two years. #nfl(image) 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

BREAKING: Roger Goodell summons Pat Robertson and God to league offices amidst claims of “Tebownties” levied against Peyton Manning.(image) 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

We now wait to see if Tebow rebukes Pat Robertson or if anyone in the sports media asks Tebow about the comments. Better get a Snickers.(image) 5 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Sometimes Pat Robertson needs to think before speaking. I understand point but dislike his words. No disrepect, but sheesh. #TebowTreatment(image) 2 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Pat Robertson: Manning injury would serve Broncos right | Ahhh, the righteous sending good vibes to the universe .(image) 11 minutes ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Hey Pat Robertson you can #stfu i think now an injury would serve you right instead after that comment.(image) 15 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

To wish an injury on Peyton Manning simply cuz his faith in God isn’t as transparent as Tebow’s is abhorrent. Shame on you Pat Robertson!(image) 15 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Pat Robertson needs to put on a football uniform and run around for three hrs. !(image) 7 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

In fairness to Robertson, the cabbie that drove me to work yesterday expressed a similar sentiment about Manning, although his had nothing to do with God. He just thought Manning is reckless and arrogant to keep playing with neck injuries. Then again, this guy also said that if he were Tebow, he’d quit the league after being dissed by the Broncos. Yeah, right. I’d quit, too, if my only other option were a $2.5 million salary advance and a multi-year, multi-million dollar player’s contract. But if I were Tim Tebow, I’d probably think about calling up Pat Robertson and asking him never to mention me on his show again.

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  • JH Baker

    So…. Your’e a Christian Pat??? Not with these kind of statements!

  • Gayle

    PLEASE, do NOT call yourself a Christian, Mr. Robertson. Your comment expressing your opinion of additional injury to Mr. Peyton Manning was the most UNCHRISTIAN comment from a so called man of God in ages. I too hope Mr. Tim Tebow will rise above his position with the Denver Broncos and reach goals he never thought possible. You, Mr. Robertson are a disgrace. I am embarassed to have your name associated as a Godly man. Shame on you.

  • Yesh

    I just want to clarify, Pat’s statement is crude, uncalled for, and unbiblical. However, I would also like to note…people that make the comments, “thats why Christianity is dumb” or “thats why I’m not a Christian”, etc. are just ignorant.

    Aldus Huxley (an honest atheist) said it best, “For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.” So do yourself a favor and quit trying to justify your rejection of Christianity b/c of stuff like Pat’s statement.

    (*I am aware this is not relevant to the article, but that’s what came to my mind while reading it so I figured I would just throw it out there)

    • Gayle

      It hurts that people compare Pat Robertson’s comments as those of all Christians. NOT SO. Pat Robertson’s comments are seen from my Christian mind as the most UNCHRISTIAN thing I’ve heard. People, PLEASE do not judge our Christian values with those of a certifiable anti-Christian idiot. Sounds to me like Pat Robertson has gone nuts.

  • Chris

    Okay another example of POOR journalism. I don’t like Robertson and think he’s a quack. But you are an idiot. He never wished ill on Manning he just said if the Broncos get messed up that it serves them right. Please go back to J-School you idiot.

  • Laurie

    Another chance for you to profess your chrisianity and try to scam money out of the idiots who believe that you are a christian. Maybe some awful injury will happen to you. You people who jump around and say you are a christian just arent. Those of us who are don’t run around trying to convince everyone, they know it by our actions. I won’t be seeing you in the afterlife, you are going in the opposite direction you heretic.