Tim Tebow's baseball adventures in Port St. Lucie took a scary turn.
Tim Tebow’s baseball adventures in Port St. Lucie took a scary turn the day before he held a press conference with the media about his breaking camp with the Mets.
According to a Port St. Lucie police incident/investigation report, the 29-year-old Tebow was stalked by a Colorado female named Michelle Marie Thompson, who told authorities she was in a “romantic” and "matrimonial” relationship with the former Heisman Trophy winner. Thompson, 36, of Arvada, Colo., was issued a trespass warning on Feb. 26 by Port St. Lucie Police and advised to leave the St. Lucie County area.
But according to the police records, Thompson returned to the First Data Field spring training complex two days later, on Feb. 28, and was arrested for trespassing. She was transported to St. Lucie County Jail following the arrest and remains incarcerated, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office website.
Thompson is being held on a $750 bond.
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"I wish her the best and just pray for her to get as much help as she needs and is possible," Tebow said Friday after his latest appearance in a Grapefruit League game. Tebow added that he still feels safe at the complex, despite the fans’ close proximity during spring training. “At the same time, as an athlete you learn to compartmentalize. It’s not something that is always easy, but you have to do it.”
In disturbing details contained in the incident/investigation report, of which the Daily News obtained a copy, Thompson arrived at the Mets’ spring training site early in the morning of Feb. 26. The Port St. Lucie police officer who wrote the report said that after he finished “working a NY Mets Spring Training game” that day, he was notified by Mets staff members around 5 p.m. that a female, later identified as Thompson, was “near the Players Parking Lot gate.”
Thompson at first refused to turn over her ID when asked by authorities, according to the report. But when she finally turned over her driver’s license, the responding officer discovered an unusual addition on the back of her license.
“I turned it over to look at the DL Class, and noticed a small sticker on the back which read “I (Heart Symbol) Jesus/Tim Tebow.” When asked why she was at the sports complex, she said that she was there to see Tim Tebow,” the report reads. When the responding officer asked Thompson if she and Tebow were in a “friendly relationship, a platonic relationship, a romantic relationship or possibly a matrimonial relationship,” Thompson responded, “All of the above.”
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The report says that Thompson indicated the Colorado address on her driver’s license was not current. She then gave authorities Tebow’s Jacksonville address and said she lived with Tebow. After Port St. Lucie Police conducted a criminal records check of Thompson, she was found to have a prior arrest in Colorado for “indecent exposure.” There was no conviction in that case.
The trespass warning was explained to Thompson “two times to ensure clarity,” according to the documents. But despite being told the ramifications of violating the trespass warning issued by PSL police, Thompson returned to the Mets’ spring training complex Feb. 28.
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“Michelle drove right past security in a blue in color 2001 Chevy Malibu 4 door and walked towards the Mets Training Field,” a PSL Police arrest affidavit reads. “I placed Michele (sic) under arrest for trespassing.”
Among the items that PSL police listed in Thompson’s vehicle was a copy of Tebow’s autobiography, “Shaken.” Thompson’s car was towed according to the documents.
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Two Mets sources told the Daily News that individuals stalking players is an issue each spring training, but that the incidents have not been serious. The sources said the Tebow matter was “scary.” Three Mets players said they had stalker incidents, but that they were resolved without the players going to police. Tebow is a minor-league outfield prospect with the Mets after he signed a contract with the club last September. He played in the Instructional League at Port St. Lucie last year before reporting to the Arizona Fall League, where the southpaw former quarterback batted a paltry .194 in 19 games (12-for-62) for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Tebow faced reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello earlier this week during a Grapefruit League game, and struck out looking. He had two whiffs in that game and also grounded into a double play.
(Ackert reporting from Port St. Lucie; Red from New York)Send a Letter to the Editor
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