Brady passes on Republican convention; Tebow will be there
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faces reporters before a scheduled NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass. On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, a federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady's attempt to get a new hearing on his suspension. Brady was asking for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. In April, a three-judge panel said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers when he suspended the star quarterback four games for his role in a scheme to doctor the footballs used in a Jan. 18, 2015, playoff game. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Brady initially was floated as a speaker at next week's Republican National Convention. But according to a list obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, the New England Patriots quarterback won't appear on stage. Brady is friends with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Trump told Fox News Channel on Tuesday: ''We have people that aren't only political people. We have a lot of people that are just champions and winners.''
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Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight has endorsed Trump, but he will not be part of the program. Nor will boxing promoter Don King, a Cleveland resident and passionate Trump supporter.
From sports, Tebow, the Heiman Trophy-winning quarterback from Florida, will be featured, as will UFC President Dana White and pro golfer Natalie Gulbis.
The convention is July 18-21 in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.