Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump won't have Mike Ditka with him in Cleveland for July's Republican National Convention after all.
In fact, Ditka says he only heard he was supposed to be making a guest appearance after getting texts from friends about it.
"No one's ever talked to me about it. I have no idea where it's coming from," he told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday morning.
Later on Wednesday, the former Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints coach said Trump did call to invite him, but that he politely declined the offer.
"I spoke with Mr. Trump this afternoon and he invited me. But I don't think I'm going to go."
"I can help him, but I don't know if I can give a speech at the convention. I don't travel much anymore except between Chicago and Florida, and giving a speech at a convention isn't really my style," Ditka said.
But here's where it gets good. The ultra-conservative Ditka still voiced his support for Trump, though his opinion of the rest of the Republican Party was less than glowing.
Mike Tyson and NASCAR exec Brian France were also reported to be attending the event in support of Trump, but a NASCAR spokesman says France has no plans to attend or speak, while Trump denied inviting Tyson at all.
Former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight was the other sports figure listed.