Pat Robertson, the televangelist and host of the syndicated religious show "The 700 Club," revealed yesterday on the air that God openly seeks physical harm against those who do wrong.
While discussing the Denver Broncos' replacement of Tim Tebow, Robertson stated that Denver treated Tebow "shabbily" and went on to say: "OK, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he's been injured. If that injury comes back, Denver will find itself without a quarterback. And in my opinion, it would serve them right."
The statement pulled the curtain back on the inner workings of God's involvement in sports and opened up Robertson and the creator of the universe to criticism.
"Let me be very clear – anyone who tries to hurt NFL players is open to a severe punishment, including God," said commissioner Roger Goodell. "In fact, the punishment is greater for someone in authority, as I exhibited with Sean Payton. God would be in for a much greater suspension than one year."
The commissioner has order God to come to his office in New York, but so far the Supreme Being has not responded to Goodell's request.
Meanwhile, players throughout the league say God has been running a bounty program for years.
"God promises treasures will be stored up in heaven for those who do his will," said Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. "And through much prayer, I am pretty sure God told me that he hates Tom Brady, so I try to hurt him every time we play the Patriots. I expect to receive a huge, gold mansion in heaven."
Manning say he won't focus on God trying to hurt him.
"All I can do is go out and play," he said. "Everyone has critics, detractors — haters, as the younger players say. My hater just happens to be the most powerful being in the entire universe. It is what it is."