Recently the Trump campaign put out that star quarterback Tim Tebow would be speaking at the GOP Convention in Cleveland.
Except…Tebow posted a video on his Facebook account Thursday night, saying that he recently returned from a trip to the Philippines to be rather shocked to find out he was on the roster.
“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.”
Tebow continued: “My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible. And if one day that’s a political realm than that’s what I’ll do. But right now, I really believe that that’s through my foundation and our raising partners and fighting for kids that can’t fight for themselves.”
Tebow also said that he is willing to do “anything for America,” but that it will not include speaking on Trump’s behalf at the GOP convention in Cleveland.
Tebow was just one of a number of sports figures that are on the list of speakers approved by Trump.
Trump’s campaign chair, Paul Manafort, discussed the reports that Tebow had been scheduled to speak in Cleveland:
“We have been active in suggesting people that we thought would speak and framing a strategy for the convention, but Tim Tebow was never on our list of people that should have been announced yesterday that had accepted and were going to be speaking,”
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman suggested that the campaign had provided “misinformation” to reporters. She stated that was the reason that Tebow’s name had been leaked.
Is it a "rumor" when Trump senior advisors are confirming it to reporters or is it misinformation from campaign? https://t.co/lbNg2lioED
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 15, 2016
It is also reported that campaign sources had confirmed to CBS News that Tebow would be a featured speaker.
The eclectic group of people seems to have been selected to broaden Mr. Trump’s demographic reach.
The roster of speakers for the convention features some of Mr. Trump’s eclectic collection of friends, celebrities and relatives.