Tom Brady. Future hall-of-fame quarterback. Super Bowl champion.
The New England Patriots’ star QB is heading back to the big game and there’s one thing on some journalists’ minds: What’s his relationship with President Donald Trump like? (That, and what’s up with his enormous jacket?)
Brady’s answered this question before. When Tom Terrific was stumping for Trump in Massachusetts, his support, and that of head coach Bill Belichick, was responsible for the future president’s primary victory, at least according to Trump.
When reports first surfaced of Brady’s friendship with Trump, the New England quarterback politely urged the press to move on:
“Can I just stay out of this debate? Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say…He’s always been so supportive of me…He’s always invited me to play golf. I’ve always enjoyed his company.
“…I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s achieved in his life. You’re going from business, kind of an incredible business man and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It’s a pretty different career path. I think that is pretty remarkable.”
Then, when a MAGA hat appeared in his locker, that all but put the matter to rest whom Brady was rooting for.
Tom Brady confirms @realDonaldTrump‘s “Make America Great America” hat was in his locker, says he’s good friend & has done “amazing” things.
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) September 8, 2015
One of the more memorable moments in Brady-Trump folklore came when he virtually dropped the mic at a presser when asked about Trump’s “locker room talk”:
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) October 12, 2016
A few months back, Brady gave us a clearer shot of his relationship with Trump: they’re occasional golfing buddies:
“I met him probably 15, 16 years ago. We’ve played golf together many, many times and I’ve always had a good time with him. He’s been a friend of mine. He’s supported our team. He’s supported the Patriots. He’s been on the Patriots sideline a lot. He’s always called me after games to encourage me over the course of 15 years. That’s kind of the way it is.”
As the Super Bowl looms ahead, Tom Brady is so stoked at his shot to get another ring that he dropped an expletive-deleted at his press conference:
— Austin McCourt (@McCourt58) January 23, 2017
Another big effing deal, to paraphrase former Vice President Joe Biden, was the Inauguration of Donald Trump. Patriots owner Robert Kraft related that his star quarterback indeed called Trump to congratulate him after being sworn into office.
“I have called him, yes, in the past,” Brady said. “Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call him. But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”
Then came the kicker, when Brady dropped this line:
“Why does that make such a big deal? I don’t understand that.”
That didn’t stop the hosts from prying further, while bringing up that some women who may not like Trump.
“I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone, it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do,” Brady said. “You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”
The bottom line is that America never saw this kind of “reporting” under the Obama administration. No one asked Jay-Z or Beyonce or Carmelo Anthony to “explain” their friendship with Barack Obama. It was just lauded by the press, which pumped up the Democratic President.
Tom Brady speaks for many exasperated Americans who are tired of this double standard when he says, “Why does that make such a big deal? I don’t understand that.”
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