Tim Tebow calls a New York Times report that named him as a scheduled speaker at next week’s Republican National Convention “a rumor.”
“Just got back from the Philippines, and I wake up this morning to find that I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention,” the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback explained in an Instagram video. “It’s amazing how fast rumors fly. And that’s exactly what it is — a rumor.”
The Wednesday article in the New York Times claimed the schedule for the convention indicated a Tebow slot for Thursday, the day with the most exposure, several speakers prior to Donald Trump. Times reporter Jeremy Peters says he obtained a roster, and that “two people with direct knowledge of the convention planning” confirmed.
While Tebow did not outright deny an appearance at the event, he called it a “rumor” and indicated no foreknowledge of his supposed role at the convention.
“My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible,” he pointed out on the video. “And if one day that’s the political realm, that’s what I’ll do. But right now, I really believe that’s through my foundation and our amazing partners in fighting for kids that can’t fight for themselves.”
Trump called for a convention of “winners.” While a few of the candidate’s friends from the sports world address the delegates, including UFC President Dana White and golfer Natalie Gulbis, Tom Brady, Bobby Knight, Mike Tyson, Herschel Walker, and other pals of the billionaire do not appear on the schedule obtained by the Times. But with Tebow calling the schedule unfounded, it’s possible names not appearing on it may make surprise appearances.
“I love our country,” Tebow explained. “I’ll do anything for America. One of the things that I love most is that it’s one nation under God.”
The Christian quarterback called on Americans to come together on the idea that God loves us all.
“Let’s unite on that,” he said near the conclusion of his online message. “Let’s forget about our quarrels and our differences. And let’s come together on, “One nation under God.”