It seems that Tom Brady is not endorsing Donald Trump to become president, despite some comments he made not long ago that seemed to indicate some solid support. The New England Patriots quarterback is now clarifying the answer he gave that seemingly indicated that he was standing behind “The Donald” in his quest to win the 2016 presidential election.
The initial buzz started after the Patriots quarterback was asked about a Trump “Make America Great Again” hat seen in his locker, detailed CNN. When Brady was asked about Trump, he indicated that it would be “great” to see Donald win.
Brady was then asked if he thought Trump could win the 2016 presidential election and the footballer replied, “I hope so. That would be great. There’d be a putting green on the White House lawn. I know that.”
Brady and Trump have been supporters of one another to one extent or another for quite some time. Trump was a vocal supporter of Brady’s during the “Deflategate” scandal, posting a video on Instagram urging Tom to fight against the accusations and suspension. The two have done some golfing together in the past as well.
Despite what Trump himself embraced as a show of support, it seems that Tom Brady is not endorsing Donald Trump for president. The Patriots star chatted with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show this week and took the opportunity to walk back his initial comments.
As CNN details, Brady now says that his original comment was “taken out of context.” He says that it was just an off-hand comment and he was just trying to have fun with the question.
Tom adds that he knows the comments became a story because people are just doing their jobs. He notes, though, that he feels it’s a sign of how different the world is now compared to when he first started football, that this became a thing at all.
In addition, Brady shares, “Whatever I vote is going to be my own personal choice based on how I feel. I don’t even know what the issues are. I haven’t paid attention to politics in a long time so… It’s actually not something that I really even enjoy. It’s way off my radar.”
After the initial headlines emerged indicating that Brady was endorsing Trump, The Donald himself embraced the support, tweeting that it was “A great honor from somebody that knows how to win!”
A great honor from somebody that knows how to win! https://t.co/syJH9OT0zX— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2015
Trump’s tweet was retweeted nearly 3,500 times and favorited almost 5,000 times, so his supporters clearly loved the idea of the Super Bowl champion standing behind their candidate. It seems that Brady’s initial comments turned into a much bigger deal than the Patriots star anticipated, leading him to speak out and scale things back a bit.
Brady shares that while he has golfed with Trump quite a bit, and he’s a fun guy to be around, it’s far too early to be getting too serious about any one candidate. Though the two have known one another for some time now, it doesn’t sound as if Trump supporters should hold their breath on seeing Brady hit the campaign trail to stump for his golfing buddy.
Many have been a bit stunned by Trump’s popularity at this point in the race, but there have been signs after the last debate that some minor shifts were taking place. There’s a long way to go before election day, and everybody will be interested to see just how this plays out. Despite having plenty of supporters, at least now it’s clear that Tom Brady is not endorsing Donald Trump, even if many others are.
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