Donald Trump denies inviting Mike Tyson to GOP convention

Donald Trump Denies Inviting Mike Tyson to GOP Convention

Donald Trump is denying reports that he has invited former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to the Republican convention next month.

"Iron Mike Tyson was not asked to speak at the Convention though I'm sure he would do a good job if he was. The media makes everything up!" he tweeted Tuesday night.

Trump's message was in response to a Bloomberg report claiming that his campaign aides are lining up a slate of iconic sports figures to join them in Cleveland, Ohio, including Tyson, legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight and NASCAR chief Brian France.

The presumptive GOP nominee boasted in April that the boxing champ and "The Hangover" star was backing him in his bid for the White House. "Mike Tyson endorsed me, I love it," Trump said in Indiana. "You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that."

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Teresa Giudice (of "Real Housewives of New Jersey")

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However, speculation that Tyson was invited to the convention sparked criticism that the presidential hopeful was welcoming a convicted rapist.

Tyson served three years in prison following his 1992 conviction for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington, a contestant in the Miss Black America pageant, The Daily Beast reminded its readers. Medical examination found Washington's physical state to be consistent with rape. High-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz tried and failed to get Tyson off on appeal, and Tyson maintained that Washington had a history of crying rape.

Meanwhile, Trump and Tyson's friendship goes back 30 years, as Trump hosted several matches featuring the boxer during the 1980s.

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(GERMANY OUT) 30.06.1966Sportler, Boxen, Schwergewicht, USA- jubelt im Boxring und lässt sich feiern- o.J. (Photo by Bernd Wende/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Der Schwergewichtsboxer Mike Tyson beim offiziellen Wiegen vor einem Wettkampf. Eine Tätowierung auf dem rechten Arm zeigt Mao-Tse-Tung. Aufgenommen Juli 1996. (Photo by Nagel - Sportbild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Feb. 22, 2003 - Memphis, TN, U.S. - Sat Feb 22, 2003 (mcout) Photo by Matthew Craig. Clifford Etienne hits the canvas in the first round after taking a shot from Mike Tyson to end the fight. Tyson, fighting with a possible Lewis rematch on the line, slammed Etienne in the chin and onto the canvas just 49 seconds into Saturday night's scheduled 10-rounder. Devastation? Etienne, a Py

He has said on the campaign trail that he wants the event to be a gathering of "winners" — and not politicians, like at past conventions. "We're going to do it a little different, if that's OK," he said in Virginia earlier this month, according to Bloomberg. "I'm thinking about getting some of the great sports people who like me a lot."

The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21, 2016.

Iron Mike Tyson was not asked to speak at the Convention though I'm sure he would do a good job if he was. The media makes everything up!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2016

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