We’ve all endured the massive media coverage of the illness outbreak within the Florida football team, which includes quarterback Tim Tebow.
(Filipino Authorities Might Want To Take Note)
Before Florida took on Kentucky today with Tebow at quarterback, Chris Low of ESPN.com reported, “(Tebow’s) illness is not being called the flu and Florida officials were optimistic Tebow would play Saturday night.”
ESPN’s Wendi Nix added in the same story that Tebow’s condition was descibed by a source as a “respiratory illness.”
And ESPN’s Joe Schad chimed in with, “respiratory condition involving congestion.”
Okay, so Tebow’s illness “is not being called the flu“. But just for fun, let’s look up what exactly Swine Flu symptoms are - per the World Health Organization:
“H1N1 Flu Virus is a respiratory illness that causes symptoms similar to those of the regular human seasonal flu.”
Keep in mind that Tebow’s “respiratory illness” was contracted at a school which has seen a massive Swine Flu outbreak in the past month. The Gainesville Sun noting that 97 percent of cases involving flu-like symptoms at UF have been confirmed H1N1.
Gainesville Sun reporter Nathan Crabbe wrote this on Tuesday:
“While the University of Florida football team battles the swine flu, the number of cases appears to have leveled off in the rest of the student body.”
Wait, didn’t Crabbe get the memo from ESPN’s “sources“? You’re not supposed to call it Swine Flu!
Florida Coach Urban Meyer has made it very clear that he understands the seriousness of the illnesses of his players, but he’s gone out of his way to not publicly classify the outbreak among his players as H1N1-borne. That’s not a coincidence.
Safe to say if a sports media outlet starts reporting the truth, that Tebow has H1N1, Meyer and UF officials won’t be happy with that outlet. Perhaps unhappy enough to cutoff that outlet’s access to the program. Not to mention business agreements involving big money. (Hey wait, that’s a conflict of interest too!)
I suppose there is that three percent chance that Tebow’s flu-like symptoms aren’t H1N1, but since I don’t depend on Florida football for quotable content, press box access or ad revenue let’s just say I’m not betting on it.