Tom Brady takes back his Donald Trump support, doesn’t even ‘enjoy’ politics


On the eve of the second GOP debate a few weeks back, Tom Brady was back at work and doing an informal Q&A with reporters in the Patriots’ locker room. He was asked about his friendship with Donald Trump and why Brady keeps a red “Make America Great Again” Trump hat in his locker. Brady’s responses were unsettling, mostly because he seemed to be endorsing Trump and thinking ahead to when Trump would “put a putting green on the White House lawn.” I imagine Brady thought he was giving a clever but non-committal answer. But the press took it next-level and flat-out said Brady endorsed Trump (which he sort of did). Some people were like, “Ugh, more proof that Brady is a total dumbass.” Well, Brady heard those complaints. And he’d like to clarify!

Tom Brady, owner of a “Make America Great Again” hat, said on Sept. 16 that he thought Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election “would be great.” Now, he’s not so sure.

In an interview on WEEI Monday, Tom Brady backtracked on his comments, saying: “It’s just a different world than when I started in professional football. Even an off-handed comment like that, like you said, that people may run with; and I understand why people do run with it because you get the clicks and that type of stuff. It’s just people doing their job. I try to have fun with certain things. I mean, look, I’ve known him for a long time. He’s been a fun guy that I’ve had a lot of time around. One way or another, it’s so far away from when the election will be. 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. It’s actually not something that I really even enjoy. It’s way off my radar.”

Brady would not say whether or now he would vote for Trump come next November.

[From Sports Illustrated]

So, there you go. To be fair to the reporters who initially asked those questions, Trump name-dropped Brady several times over the course of a month AND Trump sent Brady a hat which Brady proudly displayed to reporters. It feels more like Brady genuinely isn’t politically engaged and his buddy Donald Trump sent him a hat and he thought he was just supporting a friend or whatever. Now Brady is trying to roll it back. But this? “I don’t even know what the issues are. I haven’t paid attention to politics in a long time. It’s actually not something that I really even enjoy.” Spoken like a white male in the 1%. Uninformed, unengaged and utterly ambivalent. Sounds like a Trump supporter to me.


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  1. Esteph says:

    What an idiot! You hit the nail on the head Kaiser!

    • Mia V. says:

      His wife is an immigrant, a rich one, but an immigrant, so how can he support Trump?

      • aims says:

        Trumps wife is an immigrant who bare speaks English! !! So basically Trump and his supporters are cool with anyone who isn’t Latino. Totally racist and hypocritical.

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        Trump’s OWN wife is an immigrant (Melania was born in Slovenia), so I guess as long as you’re hot, rich, and not Mexican you don’t count as an immigrant in Trumplandia.

        I don’t think his being friends with Trump is an excuse. I seriously side eye anyone who is “friends” and “spent alot of time” with Trump. I think that in itself says quite a lot about good ol’ Tommy Boy.

      • doofus says:

        Scarlet Vixen, I thought the same.

        even being “friends” with Trump is enough for me to side-eye him. dude’s a bigot and a misogynist (not to mention a thin-skinned bully), and Brady admits he’s a “friend”? yuck.

      • SamiHami says:

        Trump is not anti immigrant. He is anti illegal immigration, which we all should be.

      • Ennie says:

        Sami, but he shamelessly generalizes against one particular ethnicity (and dumps every other darker-looking people into one nationality).
        The extreme people who think alike, then comment on how it doesn’t matter that people (of the same such ethnicity) are legal immigrants, they end up disliking any Latin american immigration. (I’ve been at some boards. This is fueling racism in a big way. People on the streets don’t know if someone is legal or not, they will racially profile and attack.
        They have already.

      • antipodean says:

        This country was built and made great by immigrants!

  2. Luca76 says:

    He just comes off as such an idiot, and out of his depth in the political arena.

    • doofus says:

      Dude knows a LOT about football.

      and not much else, I think.

    • Audrey says:

      I think he just doesn’t want to get involved. The general rule is to never discuss politics or religion, you upset fans if you do. So Brady is following that and trying not to be involved or really give his opinion.

    • Wren says:

      So? He’s a football player. His job is to play football. Why are we expecting him to be intelligent and knowledgeable in other spheres? I mean, it would be nice, but it’s not necessary.

  3. vauvert says:

    Pro athlete worth a fortune says he has no interest in politics and no knowledge of the issues. Stop the presses for this utterly stunning unexpected development. The rest of the team looks on, clearly aggrieved, pull Tom aside to explain the primaries to him and the importance of proportional representation. Coach is in tears, refuses to speak to reporters, utterly ashamed. Gisele wears a burka to walk to the nearest poll centre.

  4. lowercaselois says:

    Sorry Tom, you can’t take it back.

  5. swack says:

    “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 this idiot is going to vote without knowing what the issues are and figuring out where he stands on the issues. He looks worse with those statements than blindly endorsing Trump. And, yes, when you make a statement like: “that he thought Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election ‘would be great.’ ”, that is an endorsement of Donald Trump.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He doesn’t have to cast a vote until the Massachusetts primary on March 1. Plenty of time to learn and the political field will have changed by then

      • swack says:

        And in that time he is concentrating on football. Someone who hasn’t paid attention to politics in a long time is not going to suddenly get interested. I would say this about anyone voting. People vote blindly, republican, democrat or otherwise without even looking at the issues. If you’re going to vote you should vote intelligently.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I don’t disagree. The intent of the Constitution is that an informed populace choose our leaders. Most eligible Americans don’t even register to vote. But for those who do, the political opinion of a football player should not factor into their decision, unless his name is on the ballot.

      • swack says:

        Lilacflowers, his choice is his and does not have to tell anyone. I’m fine with that. My point is that he is voting without being informed AND he did support Trump no matter how much he backtracks. He can support Trump all he wants, his decision, but sounds like he’s backtracking because he is getting lots of flack for it.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think Trump is his friend and he didn’t know what to say. I kind of feel sorry for him.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He has made an effort to stay neutral on politics since Bush used him in a State of the Union speech after his rookie year. Kerry and Romney, both Patriot season ticket holders, tried to get his endorsement and he declined. Trump is friends with Bob Kraft, attends lots of games, and he sent those hats to several of the players. The press just asked Brady about it.

    • Birdix says:

      I do too, the same way I feel sorry for Kanye when he says dumb stuff and people look down on him. But then I feel like a n old softie, because they don’t need my pity.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        You old softie! Yeah, I just feel like it’s an awkward situation- he’s your friend, so you don’t want to say No Way would I vote for him! But maybe I’m giving him too much credit.

      • Audrey says:

        Agreed GNAT. I don’t think he knows what to say. Doesn’t want to offend trump, doesn’t want to get involved in politics. Tried to joke his way out of it but it was taken seriously.

        I’m sure he just wants it to go away

      • Marty says:

        But what is worse GNAT, supporting Trump politically or being his friend? They are both pretty disgusting situations either way.

        Maybe I can’t look at this objectively because I’m half Mexican-American but I think Trump is vile and anyone associated with him becomes that way too, in my eyes. I just can’t give Brady a pass on this one.

    • PrincessMe says:

      Likewise. I think he was bumbling because he didn’t want to come straight out and say how he feels because they’re friends in whatever capacity. I’m friends with people whose politics/religious beliefs (etc) are different from my own, but I wouldn’t want to have to publicly address it.

  7. Loopy says:

    ‘Spoken like a white male in the 1%. Uninformed, unengaged and utterly ambivalent. Sounds like a Trump supporter to me.’ Completely!!! So out of touch.

  8. Skins says:

    There is nothing inside that head except football and Gisele

  9. dr mantis toboggan says:

    Well deflate my balls, Tom Brady doesn’t care about politics!
    On another note, I was raised to believe that political preference was a personal thing and it’s rude to ask about it, kinda like sex and religion. How times have changed

  10. t.fanty says:

    Nobody enjoys politics. But it’s still our civil duty to engage. What an ass he is.

    • Audrey says:

      Oh I’m not sure he’s being totally honest here. I think he’s playing dumb to avoid being asked about politics or Trump again in the future.

  11. Michel says:

    He doesn’t know the “politics” of Trump but he is really good friends of a that sexist racist moron. Not flattering.

  12. GreenieWeenie says:

    I imagine he’s the kind of person who just mindlessly checks all the Republican boxes each national election cycle because less taxes.

  13. Anita Knapp says:

    I have been trying to figure out who he looks like these days….

    Lurch from the Adams Family:

    Now I can’t unsee that

  14. Anoneemouse says:

    How wishy-washy! When his career in football ends, he’d be a perfect politician!

  15. jferber says:

    He and his wife won the genetic sweepstakes, but that goes only so far. He is exceptionally good at football. She is exceptionally striking-looking. There the luck ends. He is a cheating doofus and she is a self-righteous over-the-hill model. You can’t have everything in this life and you can’t have it forever.

  16. Flim says:

    This thread is old, so no one will like read this, but: there is a difference between LEGAL and ILLEGAL immigrants. I hate Trump, but this is still an important distinction. No one’s trying to stop LEGAL immigration. Gisele didn’t tunnel her way here.