November 30th, 2010
01:03 PM ET

Receiver now says he didn't blame God for dropped ball

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson does not blame God for his bungled catch in a game Sunday, he now says, after an earlier Twitter post put him at the center of controversy.

On Sunday, Johnson dropped a game winning touchdown in the end zone in overtime. He sent this now legendary tweet:


Late Monday he took aim at clarifying his remarks.

learned A lot Within 24hrs. Saw Both Sides.(Ups&Dwns) I AM HAPPY & THANKFUL 4 YESTERDAY! w/out Sunday iWldnt have grew closer w/The Lord!!

He continued:

So Before Yall..well I'm pretty sure you've awready judged me. I hope you guys look n the mirror. I dnt blame u 4 being mad @ my gm I WAS 2!

And No I Did Not Blame God People! Seriously??!? CMon! I Simply Cried Out And Asked Why? Jus Like yal did wen sumthin went wrong n ur life!

In the midst of all the piling on by sports writers, religion, writers, CNN's Jeane Moos (see above video), Johnson did receive one piece of encouragement from another famously vocal Christian athlete. Former NFL MVP Kurt Warner tweeted this to Johnson:

@StevieJohnson13 I asked same thing when released in STL & benched 3 times, But then God did his thing... Be ready! Enjoy watching you play!

You may remember Warner was plucked from obscurity in the Arena Football league and quarterbacked the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl. He was released a few seasons later and thought to be finished. He resurrected his career in the desert with the Arizona Cardinals leading them to their first Super Bowl appearance.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Sports

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. keeyop

    More glaring examples of the inverse relationship between intelligence and religiousity...

    Well, at least he "have grew closer w/the lord".
    Ugh. The loser can't even get Calvinism right: If "He" is responsible for everything, way to go! You did "His" will and dropped the ball, Stevie.

    December 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  2. harold

    Talking about G-D seems to bring out the DEVIL in you. Think you dropped the ball too with your reply to Mike. Merry X-Mas!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
    • Bob

      How did I drop the ball? I think it was an apt description of a man who clearly didn't read or understand the thread.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  3. bkt

    I'm too busy laughing at his texting Eubonics...reads like a 13 year girl...OMG!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  4. Phil

    I still blame god.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  5. Gary

    As an agnostic I realize no one has ever met God. No one has ever seen God. No one has any proof any God exists. You can blame society,yourself or bad luck. But blaming God makes no sense.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
  6. dirty sancheez

    Too bad, He was my favorite Athelete for a Day.

    November 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  7. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    Hooray for articles about Twitter posts.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  8. Reality

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    November 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  9. n rostek

    that video is a joke, why do you have to take his tweet that out of context? he never blamed god, he just was mad, id have said a lot worse things than that, and luke lay off

    November 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  10. Luke

    Methinks he should keep his eye on the ball and not think about the celebration prior to making the catch. His minds' eye is off kilter.

    November 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  11. J Patcher

    Sounds like Stevie Johnson is a bit conflicted. Did God do it or didn't God do it? Do I have free will or don't I have free will? Just make the catch next time and don't worry your little head about such philosophical/theological questions.

    November 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  12. Bob

    If you praise God for making a catch, then logically you should curse God for missing one.

    November 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
    • Chris

      Logically? What logic? Interesting assertion... love empty assertions.

      November 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
    • Bob

      It's not empty at all. You just haven't given it enough thought.

      November 30, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
    • Bob

      Here, I'll run it down for you.

      According to the player's faith, God is all powerful. Because God is all powerful, he is by definition, all knowing. Now given that he's all knowing, when he creates the universe he knows exactly what will happen, including what footballs are caught, which ones are intercepted and which ones are dropped.

      So, given that God has designed the world with a result that cannot be changed, he is responsible for both results. And if you praise one result, you must logically curse the contrary result. Because he's responsible for both.

      Welcome to Logic.

      November 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
    • Peter F

      But He's God... and we are not. Why should we curse him for anything?

      Better logic?

      November 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
    • Bob

      Umm, no?

      November 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
    • Bob

      @PeterF To show you how your logic is faulty, let me ask you this. "Why should we praise him for anything?"

      November 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Peter F

      Where ya' been my 'fundie' amigo...? How's the 'semenary' treatin' ya' ...?

      Hope that you are well, and had a great Turkey Day.


      November 30, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
    • Scott

      @PeterF. If it’s unreasonable to curse him for anything why is it reasonable to praise him for anything? Why is one ok and not the other?

      December 1, 2010 at 12:09 am |
    • Mike, not me

      Why do you say dropping a ball is contrary to catching a ball?

      You assume the position of God and pretend that you can see everything from His vantage point.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:15 am |
    • Bob

      @Mike The discussion is the logic of the person, not of what God is or is not. If you had an IQ over 90 you'd realize that from the thread.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
    • HotAirAce


      Bob, Bob, Bob! You just don't get it!! God is all powerful, all knowing and you cannot know his "bigger picture" plan. The only appropriate response, even when responding to factual reports of his on-earth charlatans abusing children, is "Thank You" Now get with the program and quit causing his sheep to think.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
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