Trump camp slating major sports figures for convention: report
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE’s presidential campaign has lined up a number of major sports figures to speak at the Republican National Convention, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.


A source told Bloomberg that the campaign is scheduling speaking time for former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, former Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight and NASCAR CEO Brian France.

The list has yet to be finalized and will continue to grow in the weeks leading up to the convention.

Trump has taken heat for touting an endorsement from Tyson, who served three years in prison for rape in the 1990s.

In April, a super-PAC backing Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers return to work as Dem candidates set to debate Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria MORE’s (R-Texas) now-defunct presidential bid released an ad attacking Trump for the endorsement and for defending Tyson from rape accusations 20 years ago.

Trump frequently points to Knight’s support as having helped him win the Indiana primary. The two appeared together several times in the state ahead of the vote.

Ditka endorse Trump in September of last year, while France joined with a group of NASCAR drivers to back the former reality television star in March.

Musical acts booked by third-party groups include the Beach Boys, Journey, Bret Michaels, Rick Springfield, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and The Band Perry. 

The cost of the performances will be paid by private groups, Bloomberg reported.