Some prominent Republicans have made some noise about skipping the convention, so there may well be time for this idea to take shape. And White, the president of UFC, has certainly sounded in the past like someone who would be up for the gig.
“You will never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump,” White told TMZ Sports late last year. “And you know what? When we did our big Fox deal, there was a big write-up in the New York Times. On the front page he wrote, ‘Congratulations, Dana. I always knew you were going to do it,’ and he sent the front page to me. So me and Donald are cool. Donald will get my vote.”
Brady, for his part, hasn’t addressed Trump at all since calling him “a good friend” and saying “I support all my friends” back in December following Trump’s announcement of his plans for a ban of all Muslims entering the U.S.
As for Roethlisberger, Trump told a crowd in Pittsburgh earlier Saturday “I love Big Ben. I just spoke to him. What a great guy. And he’s with us 100 percent.” Roethlisberger quickly distanced himself from these claims, however, telling Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette that he would not be at the convention nor would he endorse Trump or speak on his behalf.
Just spoke with Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, who said he is an acquaintance of Donald Trump but will stay out of the political game.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) June 11, 2016
Roethlisberger told me he will not attend the Republican convention and will nor endorse nor speak for the candidate.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) June 11, 2016
Roethlisberger called Trump an "acquaintance.'' They have golfed together and Trump has called to congratulate him after certain games.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) June 11, 2016
Trump, who also said he wants “winners” at the convention and not “these people, these politicians who are going to get up and speak and speak and speak,” may have a tough time rounding up some of the names on his wish list. But he’ll always have Bob Knight.