Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who has been vocal about his Christian faith, said he believes in giving people second chances when asked about Brandon Davies' suspension from the BYU men's basketball team for having premarital sex.
Tebow told the Orlando Sentinel that he knows little about Davies' circumstances.
"I do always think that people definitely deserve second chances, because no one is perfect, and we mess up everyday ...," Tebow told the newspaper. "There should be a punishment, but I don't know that he should maybe ... I don't know. I don't even know the situation, but I just always think about giving people a second chance. Maybe he deserves one, but I don't know the situation."
Davies was suspended last week from BYU's team after admitting he had broken the Mormon Church-affiliated school's honor code by having sex with his girlfriend. His status as a student at the Provo, Utah, university hasn't been determined.
Davies, in shirt and tie, was permitted by BYU coach Dave Rose to participate in the post-game net-cutting ceremony Saturday after the Cougars clinched a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season title with a victory over visiting Wyoming.
Tebow, whose parents are Christian missionaries, was a three-time All-American and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida before the Broncos took him with the 25th overall selection in last year's NFL draft. He started three of the nine games in which he played during his rookie season, completing 41 of 82 passes for 654 yards and five touchdowns and rushing for 227 yards and six scores.