By Shawn Rice
Former NFL and college football star Tim Tebow said that he would not be speaking in Cleveland next week for the Republican National Convention. This was certainly an attractive celebrity name for the RNC but Tebow is sitting this one out despite the attention it will receive with Donald Trump.
To many people, it came as a surprise that the former quarterback – who usually eschews politics – was going to publicly endorse a political candidate.
“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.”
“My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible,” he adds. “If one day, it’s the political realm, that’s what I’ll do. But right now, I really believe that it’s through my foundation and our amazing partners and fighting for kids who can’t fight for themselves.”
A video posted by Tim Tebow (@timtebow) on Jul 14, 2016 at 5:42pm PDT
“I love our country,” Tebow continues. “I’ll do anything for America. One of the things I love most is that it’s one nation under God.”
“Let’s forget about our quarrels and our differences, and let’s come together,” he concludes. “God bless you, and God bless America.”
Tebow, perhaps best known for kneeling a lot, has been an outspoken opponent of abortion. The 2010 Super Bowl featured an ad from the anti-abortion group Focus On The Family in which Tebow’s mother recalled how she considered getting an abortion when she was pregnant. She decided not to and later gave birth to Tim Tebow.
Tebow was on the docket for the RNC, according to The New York Times, where Donald Trump is expected to be named the official Republican nominee for President of the United States. Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, UFC President, and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani are among the other names on the schedule acquired by the Times.
Times reporter Maggie Haberman took to Twitter to blame the Trump campaign’s senior advisers for spreading “misinformation” on who would appear on stage for the RNC. Whether this is true is up for debate.
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
The GOP will finalize its official 2016 platform at the convention, where Donald Trump is expected to secure the Republican presidential nomination. Those making an address include House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, rumored vice presidential picks Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and billionaire tech mogul Peter Thiel, according to Huffington Post.
Before he posted his video, reaction to Tebow’s scheduled appearance was quickly criticized and lampooned on social media:
Tim Tebow wanted to pass on speaking at the Republican National Convention, but it was intercepted and run back for a touchdown.
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) July 14, 2016
Trump wanting Tom Brady to speak at the convention but getting Tim Tebow is kind of a metaphor for his whole campaign.
— Neil Irwin (@Neil_Irwin) July 14, 2016
If the GOP’s going for a “Haven’t Done Much Worthwhile Since 2008” theme, then, yeah, Tebow’s perfect.
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) July 14, 2016
Judging by Tebow’s last two jobs, the Republicans mentioned him to make noise then will cut him right before the convention starts.
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) July 14, 2016
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