Tim Tebow would like you to know that he’s not speaking in support of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention.
Although there was a report that was confirmed by the Trump campaign that Tebow was the headlining sports star expected to say a few words on behalf of presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Tebow posted a video to Facebook on Thursday declaring that to be 100 percent not true.
“Just got back from the Philippines and I wake up this morning to find out that I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention,” Tebow said. “It’s amazing how fast rumors fly and that’s exactly what it is — a rumor.”
That means one of three things happened with the original report — the New York Times, the originator of the story, got it wrong; Trump’s campaign put out misinformation to drum up excitement for the RNC and used Tebow’s name; or Tebow saw the flak he was catching for supporting Trump and backed out.
This misinformation option seems most likely with Tebow, who has political aspirations, opting to avoid getting the stink of Trump on him, also viable.
Maggie Haberman of the Times doesn’t think this was bad reporting on her newspaper’s part.
No matter how you slice it, there was an opportunity for Tebow to lay the foundation of his political future, but instead he made a wise choice by passing, which is something no one has said about Tebow.