Tim Tebow, former quarterback for the Denver Broncos, on Thursday threw cold water on reports that he would be speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
“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 in a Facebook video. “It’s amazing how fast rumors fly, and that’s exactly what it is, a rumor.”
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Tebow would be speaking on the fourth night of the convention. However, the Republican party did not include Tebow in the official list of speakers released Thursday morning.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman defended their reporting, noting that Trump sources confirmed that Tebow would be speaking.
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
Trump has long been a fan of Tebow. He dropped $12,000 on a football helmet and jersey signed by Tebow at a fundraiser in 2012, but Trump used money from his charity to pay for them.