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)
WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 15: Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, smiles as he is introduced before speaking at the National Press Club February 15, 2005 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says Tim Tebow was treated "shabbily" by the Denver Broncos when they traded him to the New York Jets after signing Peyton Manning.
Robertson also said that if Manning suffered a recurrence of the neck injury that sidelined him for a full season, Denver would be without a quarterback and "it would serve them right."
A spokesman for Robertson said Friday the outspoken evangelical Christian was "in no way advocating an injury" to Manning and said he has the highest regard for him.
The 81-year-old Robertson made his comments Thursday on "The 700 Club." The program is broadcast by Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach.
Robertson had high praise for Tebow, saying Denver was a "nothing team" until Tebow led them into the playoffs lastseason.