ESPN reportedly didn't allow Tim Tebow to film a video for the University of Florida

ESPN reportedly did not allow Tim Tebow to film an anti-white nationalist video for the University of Florida.

This past October, the school was engaged in a controversy surrounding noted white nationalist Richard Spencer, who was going to speak on campus. The school originally declined the request but eventually allowed it, fearing lawsuits.

To combat Spencer’s message, Nancy Chrystal-Green, Florida senior director of student engagement, helped plan a counter-approach, which included a video that would feature a cameo from Tim Tebow.

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White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge
Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute arrives on campus to speak at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge
Undocumented Texas A&M students and their supporters protest silently as white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge
Organizer Preston Wigginton shakes hands with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer after introducing him at an event on campus not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge
Jacob Jackson, a freshman international studies major, listens after asking a question to white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge
White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus as a silent protester holds a placard at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute speaks on campus during an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge
White nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute waves goodbye after his speech during an event not sanctioned by the school, on campus at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Richard Spencer is in town for the largest white nationalist and Alt Right conference of the year in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. Spencer, a 38-year-old Dallas native and graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas prep school, is a key intellectual leader of the alternative right, a label he coined in 2008 to describe the radical conservative movement defined by white nationalism and a fervent resistance to multiculturalism and globalism. Spencer currently resides in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, in what was described as a 'Bavarian-style mansion' in a profile in Mother Jones. He was born in Massachusetts but moved to the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas when he was about 2 years old. 'It was a fairly idyllic, suburban childhood,' Spencer said with a laugh. 'I remember riding bikes around the neighborhood, and so on. I guess you could say I lived in a bubble to a certain extent, like a lot of the kids in that area. But it was very nice.' (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Richard Spencer is in town for the largest white nationalist and Alt Right conference of the year in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. Spencer, a 38-year-old Dallas native and graduate of St. Mark's School of Texas prep school, is a key intellectual leader of the alternative right, a label he coined in 2008 to describe the radical conservative movement defined by white nationalism and a fervent resistance to multiculturalism and globalism. Spencer currently resides in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, in what was described as a 'Bavarian-style mansion' in a profile in Mother Jones. He was born in Massachusetts but moved to the Preston Hollow neighborhood of Dallas when he was about 2 years old. 'It was a fairly idyllic, suburban childhood,' Spencer said with a laugh. 'I remember riding bikes around the neighborhood, and so on. I guess you could say I lived in a bubble to a certain extent, like a lot of the kids in that area. But it was very nice.' (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Discussion panelists Peter Brimelow, Jared Taylor, Kevin MacDonald, 'Millenial Woes' (thats the name he goes by) and Richard Spencer field questions at an Alt Right ( alternative right) conference hosted by the National Policy Institute in Washington, DC on November 18, 2016. The think tank promotes white nationalism and critics accuse them of being racist and anti-semitic. The chairman of the National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, has been permanently banned from entering the UK, and was deemed a 'national security threat' after his arrest in Hungary in 2014. He was recently banned from Twitter in a prominent purge by the company this week. (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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ESPN, though, reportedly declined making the star quarterback available.

From the Huffington Post:

Tebow was in Gainesville days before Spencer’s speech for “SEC Nation,” the ESPN college football show on which he serves as an analyst. Chrystal-Green reached out to assistant athletic director Jon Rubin with “a favor to ask.”

“I’m sure you have seen the news about a white nationalist coming to speak at UF on Oct. 19,” Chrystal-Green wrote in an Oct. 6 email. “One of the things we are doing is showing a virtual assembly during the speech. We are getting in contact with famous alums asking to record a brief message of unity, togetherness, Gator Nation, etc. Obviously a message from Tim Tebow would be a great addition. Is there an easy method by which to ask him?”

Rubin told Chrystal-Green to reach out to ESPN public relations officials about Tebow’s availability. An ESPN spokeswoman told HuffPost, “The university reached out to us to gauge Tim’s involvement in recording a video with regards to the Richard Spencer event at UF and we declined on his behalf.”

ESPN has a new policy regarding its employees speaking out on social and political issues, though we’re not sure if it was that policy specifically that made Tebow not available.

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DENVER - DECEMBER 26: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays in the end zone prior to taking on the Houston Texans at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow #15 prays before their game vs the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA, Sunday, November 27, 2011. Joe Amon, The Denver Post (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators says a prayer after throwing a touchdown pass against the Michigan Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl January 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The Wolverines defeated the Gators 41-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets before the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13: Rocky, the mascot of the Denver Nuggets wears a Denver Broncos Tim Tebow jersey and strikes a Tebowing pose on the court after the Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 117-104 at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 the New York Jets leads a players prayer after their game against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Chargers defeated the Jets 27-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets kneels to pray on the sideline before the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans won 14-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leads a prayer after the Jets' loss to San Diego Chargersat MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Broncos went on to win 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays on the field prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 15: Tim Tebow signs autographs. The New England Patriots end their last practice, on Thursday, August 15, 2013, before the Friday exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow showed off his rookie haircut bestowed on him Saturday afternoon before practice. The Denver Broncos held a practice session at Invesco Field Saturday afternoon, August 7, 2010. The crowd was announced at more than 20,000. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels and prayers with teammates and members of the New England Patriots after the Patriots won 45-10 during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels on the ground before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Colorado striker Omar Cummings took a knee in prayer like Tim Tebow after his goal in the first half. The Colorado Rapids hosted the Columbus Crew in a MLB playoff game Thursday night, October 27, 2011. Karl Gehring/The Denver Post (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos kneels with teammates and members of the New York Jets at midfield for prayer following the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tebow scored the game winning touchdown as the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 and Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos pray after the game against the New York Jets during the game at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
Analyst Tim Tebow smiles as media members enter the SEC Nation studio prior to a question-and-answer session at the ESPN studios in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. ESPN held a media open house for its new SEC Network which will be produced in its Ballantyne studios in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
Analyst Tim Tebow, center, smiles as he answers questions from the media on the set of SEC Nation at the ESPN studios in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. ESPN held a media open house for its new SEC Network which will be produced in its Ballantyne studios in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 14: Former Heisman Trophy winning and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow attends the UFC 174 event at Rogers Arena on June 14, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Tim Tebow and guest arrive at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) annual dinner in Washington on May 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Tim Tebow (L) and Katie Shepherd attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2014 WHCA Dinner at Villa Firenze on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF14/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Tim Tebow is seen at ABC's 'Good Morning America'on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: NFL player Tim Tebow attends ESPN The Party at Basketball City - Pier 36 - South Street on January 31st, 2014 in New York City (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For ESPN)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The Super Bowl Boulevard Blowout festivities continue all week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. Tim Tebow, who recently signed as a commentator with ESPN, is a special guest on the show. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) STEVE YOUNG, TIM TEBOW
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The Super Bowl Boulevard Blowout festivities continue all week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 1/31/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. Former NFL stars compete in the GMA Football Food Fight. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ROBIN ROBERTS, JOSH ELLIOTT, TIM TEBOW, EMERIL LAGASSE, JOE MONTANA
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06: ESPN analyst Tim Tebow looks on during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 26: Tim Tebow smiles while being asked questions about his future in New England in the locker room after practice. The New England Patriots held a workout on the practice fields outside of Gillette Stadium this afternoon. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots throws a pass during warm-ups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Patriots 40-9. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up before playing an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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