Tom Brady continues to field questions about whether he supports the 2016 presidential bid of golfing buddy Donald Trump.
The superstar New England Patriots quarterback has been vague about whether this support on a personal level actually will transform into a vote for the controversial New York businessman and GOP front-runner on Election Day, however.
Trump has heaped praise on Brady in various public appearances. Moreover, the real estate mogul and ex-Celebrity Apprentice host bragged to the Washington Post last week that “In Massachusetts, I’m at 48 percent. You know why? Tom Brady said Trump’s the greatest. He says it to anyone who asks him. You know, it’s hard for a guy like him to say that. When you’re a football player, you don’t want to be taking sides in campaigns …”
On their Deflategate revenge tour, the Pats have already locked up the AFC East, and even appeared like they might have gone undefeated for the entire season before losing two games in a row.
The whole Brady-Trump thing got started several months ago when a “Make America Great Again” hat was observed in Brady’s locker at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
“Make America Great Again” is Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, and The Donald himself has often worn the ball cap bearing the catchphrase at rallies and public appearances.
In his weekly spot on the Dennis & Callahan (plus Minihane) radio show on Boston’s WEEI this morning, the hosts — with Gary Tanguay sitting in for John Dennis — again pressed Brady on his Trump support. An amused Brady was still noncommittal about his actual voting preference, although he confirmed that the famous cap was still in his locker.
“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 a good friend of mine. He’s always been so supportive of me — for the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that I thought was really cool. That came along with winning the Super Bowl. He’s always invited me to play golf. I’ve always enjoyed his company.”
As he has articulated before, Tom Brady expressed his admiration for Trump’s career accomplishments.
“I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it’s pretty remarkable what [Trump has] 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.”
About the Trump “Make America Great Again” hat in particular, Brady joked that the Dennis & Callahan show never sent him any swag despite his long-time weekly segment on the sports radio program.
Several other pro athletes who have had personal interaction with the billionaire, such as Mike Tyson and Herschel Walker, have endorsed Trump’s unconventional quest for the White House. UFC president Dana White has also endorsed Trump for president.
Brady told 60 Minutes in 2005 that he is a political independent.
In a previous Dennis & Callahan interview, Tom Brady, 38, a four-time Super Bowl champ and three-time Super Bowl MVP, admitted that he would like to play in the NFL for 10 more years.
Brady has insisted that his longevity in pro football to date is the result of eating wholesome food, taking nutritional supplements, and following a game-changing personal training regimen, all under the direction of his close friend and controversial business partner, Alex Guerrero.
CNN will telecast a GOP debate tonight from Las Vegas, where it is expected that Trump will take heat from his rivals and the moderators for proposing a temporary shutdown of Muslim immigration to the U.S.
At crunch time, do you think that Tom Brady will vote for Donald Trump for president?
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