Tim Tebow: I’m Not Speaking at the RNC

The former pro athlete shut down all the rumors.

Although Tim Tebow’s name was widely circulated as a speaker at next week’s Republican National Convention, Tebow himself said it’s all just hearsay.

“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 an Instagram video. “It’s amazing how fast rumors fly and that’s exactly what it is — a rumor.”

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So how did Tebow’s name make it on the list? Perhaps the list circulated was a wish list. Or perhaps Tebow’s name being offered was merely an attempt to drive headlines.

Tebow joins a long list of conservative leaders who have declared they will not be even attending the RNC, let alone speaking the event, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose own state is hosting the convention.

The current speaking lineup includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and a number of Donald Trump’s adult children.

“We are totally overbooked. We have great speakers, we have winners, we have people that aren’t only political people,” Trump told Fox News Channel earlier this week. “We have a lot of people that are just champions and winners.”