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Tebow says report he’ll speak at Republican National Convention is just “a rumor”

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Broadcaster Tim Tebow of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Tim Tebow is speaking next Thursday at the Republican National Convention. Unless he isn’t.

After the New York Times reported that Tebow would speak at the event, Tebow took to Facebook with a video message that says otherwise.

“I just got back from the Philippines and I wake up this morning to find out I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention. It’s amazing how fast rumors fly, and that’s exactly what it is -- a rumor,” Tebow said.

Well, it wasn’t a rumor. It was a report from one of the leading newspapers in the nation. And it presumably arose from news leaked to the New York Times by the Republican party.

While Tebow didn’t unequivocally deny he’ll be appearing (indeed, some rumors end up being the truth), his broader message was that he’s not currently entering the political realm, even though at some point in the future he may.

It’s also hard not to wonder, given that the denial came more than 12 hours after the report emerged, whether Tebow was planning to speak but due to the reaction from the public or his current employer, ESPN, he decided to back out.