Michelle Marie Thompson was arrested at the New York Mets‘ Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida last month for trespassing. Police say she told them she was dating Tim Tebow and even living with the former college football star-turned-baseball player in Jacksonville.
The 36-year-old from Arvada, Colorado was arrested on February 28 and has been charged with trespassing. That day, the Mets played the Detroit Tigers in Spring Training.
“I wish her the best and just pray for her to get as much help as she needs and is possible,” Tebow told the media after reports of Thompson’s arrest were published, reports the New York Daily News. “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.”
Here’s a look at Thompson’s case.
1. Mets Staffers First Saw Thompson at First Data Field 2 Days Before Her Arrest
According to a police report obtained by the Treasure Coast Palm, Mets staff members first reported seeing Thompson at 5 p.m. on February 26, two days before she was arrested. They said she was asking about Tebow, who just arrived that day for the Mets’ Minor League Baseball Camp.
When police arrived, an officer asked Thompson for her driver’s licence and spotted a sticker on the back of the license. It read, “I (heart) Jesus/Tim Tebow.” She then told police that she wanted to see Tebow and claimed they were in a relationship, the police report states.
Police wrote in the report that Thompson initially refused to give her driver’s license, the Daily News reports.
According to the report, Thompson was asked if she could describe their relationship, she didn’t want to answer at first. But then the officer asked if they were “friendly, platonic, romantic or matrimonial.” According to the report, she replied, “all of the above.”
2. Thompson Claimed She Lived With Tebow in Jacksonville
According to the Palm, she said her Colorado address was outdated because she was living with Tebow in Jacksonville, Florida. Thompson’s address showed her living in Arvada, a city northwest of Denver.
Tebow grew up in North Florida, attending high school in Ponte Vedra. He won two BCS National Championships at the University of Florida in Gainesville and a Heisman Trophy.
Paul Taglieri, the Mets’ executive director of minor league facilities, told police that Thompson was walking around the complex all day and asked for Tebow, according to the report. She wanted her removed, so police told her to leave. They told her to leave St. Lucie County.
3. Thompson Ignored a Warning & Went Back to the Mets’ Facility
Thompson ignored the officer’s warning to leave St. Lucie County, according to the police report. The Daily News reports that police said the officer explained to her twice that she could be arrested for trespassing
She came back two days later, with Robert Kasdon, Mets vice president of security, reporting her to police.
On the day Thompson arrived back at the facility, the Mets were in Jupiter to play the Miami Marlins.
4. Thompson Was Previouly arrested for ‘Indecent Exposure’ in Colorado
According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson is still in prison at the St. Lucie County Jail, as of March 10.
She was booked on a charge of trespassing and is being held on $750 bail. She’s yet to post bail.
The Daily News reports that police found that Thompson was previously arrested for “indecent exposure” in her home state, but was not convicted.
5. Tebow Signed With the Mets Last Year
After his NFL career didn’t go as well as he hoped, Tebow switched to baseball last year. In August 2016, ESPN reported that the 29-year-old was considering a switch and he was later signed by the Mets.
During the Arizona Fall League, Tebow batted just .194 in 70 plate appearances, CBS Sports reported. He really struggled with strike outs, striking out 20 times in 62 at-bats.
Tebow made his Spring Training debut on March 8 against the Boston Red Sox.
Tebow did play baseball during high school, but he stopped playing the short on a full-time basis in 2005 to focus on football. Before returning to baseball, Tebow worked as an ESPN commentator.