Report: Trump placed five-figure bid on Tim Tebow's helmet, used foundation money to pay for it

It's less surprising that Trump would violate IRS rules than it is anyone would pay $12,000 for Tebow's signature

Published July 1, 2016 6:06PM (EDT)

 donald trump (AP/Wade Payne)
donald trump (AP/Wade Payne)

GOP nominee Donald Trump really had a soft spot for losers in 2012.

The Washington Post revealed Friday that at a 2012 fundraiser, Trump placed the winning $12,000 bid on a Tim Tebow-signed Broncos helmet and jersey.

Or, more accurately, the Donald J. Trump Foundation paid $12,000 a Tim Tebow-signed Broncos helmet and jersey, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which hosted the event.

So in addition to bidding unprecedentedly high for memorabilia signed by yet another Heisman-winning NFL disappointment, Trump may also have “violated IRS rules against ‘self-dealing’ — which are designed to keep nonprofit officials from using their charities to help themselves,” according to the Post.

The answer to whether or not Trump misused the funds of his foundation — which is funded in large part by other rich people as opposed to its eponymous president — lies in the yet unknown fate of the memorabilia.

If it's on the wall in Trump's Mar a Lago man cave, then Donald's got some explainin' to do to the IRS. In the unlikely event he donated it to another charity to auction off, then Donnie's sittin' pretty.

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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