PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Colorado woman was arrested on Feb. 28 for trespassing at the Mets’ spring training facility after claiming she was in a romantic relationship with outfielder Tim Tebow.
Michelle Marie Thompson, 36, remained in Port St. Lucie jail on a $750 bond after entering a plea of not guilty at a hearing Friday, according to assistant public defender Mary Celidiono.
“I wish her the best,” Tebow said Friday. “Just pray for her. I want her to get as much help that she needs as possible.”
According to an incident/investigation report filed by Port St. Lucie police and obtained by Newsday, Thompson was spotted hanging around near the players’ parking lot and asking for Tebow on Feb. 26 after a spring training game.
A police officer who was called over by Mets staffers asked Thompson for identification, the report says, and she produced a Colorado driver’s license. The report says the officer turned over the license “and noticed a small sticker on the back which read “I [Heart Symbol] Jesus/Tim Tebow.”
The report says Thompson claimed she was there to see Tebow and was in a relationship with him. The officer said he asked Thompson if they were “in a friendly relationship, a platonic relationship, a romantic relationship or possibly a matrimonial relationship?”
“All of the above,” the officer quoted Thompson as saying.
According to the report, Thompson also said her Colorado address was not current and listed Tebow’s Jacksonville, Florida, address as her address.
Police say they issued a trespass warning against Thompson and advised her not to return. Two days later, she returned and was arrested for trespassing, a misdemeanor.
According to the police report, she had a previous arrest for indecent exposure in Colorado but was not convicted.
The Mets will leave Florida when spring training ends on March 29, but Tebow likely will stay behind until he is assigned to a minor-league team. One of the possibilities for the 29-year-old rookie is that he will be assigned to play for the Mets’ Class A St. Lucie affiliate, which plays its home games in the same stadium as major-league spring training. St. Lucie’s home season begins on April 6.
Unless Thompson posts bond, she will remain behind bars until her next court appearance, which her attorney said is scheduled for April 7.
Asked if he feels safe at the Mets’ complex, Tebow said: “Absolutely . . . I do.”