As is Donald Trump’s way, the presidential candidate wants to bring glitz and glamour to the Republican National Convention. The Trump campaign has been attempting to line up celebrity supporters to make appearances at the event, including former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight and longtime boxing promoter Don King.
But according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, one of the more notable athletes mentioned during Trump’s presidential run will not be making an appearance at the RNC.
This follows the report that both Mike Ditka and Mike Tyson would not be appearing on Trump’s behalf in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention. Brady, Ditka and Tyson join a group of prominent political figures, including George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and John Kasich, who plan to avoid the four-day event that usually represents a party’s unity in the lead-up to the presidential election.
It’s not surprising that Brady is steering clear of verbalizing a potentially polarizing opinion, especially when considering he plays professional sports in one of the most liberal areas of the country. Brady, however, has not been afraid to talk about his friendship with Trump, despite tiptoeing the line of a formal endorsement of Trump for president.
“Donald is a good friend of mine,” Brady said on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Show in December. “I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say.”
While Brady said it “would be great” if Trump won the general election, he followed up later on saying that he did not mean to endorse the reality television star and that the comment was taken out of context.
“I think that it’s just a different world than when I started in professional football. Even an offhanded comment like that … people may run with,” Brady said on WEEI. “I mean it’s just people doing their job. I mean a comment like that, it’s — I try to have fun with certain things.”
Brady, at the time, was displaying a “Make America Great Again” hat in his Gillette Stadium locker, calling the GOP presumptive nominee “remarkable.” Despite avoiding questions about his support of Trump, the media has continued to ask Brady about his support.
Trump came to Brady’s support during the Deflategate scandal that currently has the New England Patriots quarterback suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17 season.
In the wake of all the brushback with Brady’s remarks about his relationship with the business mogul, Trump has said that he’s told the quarterbacking legend to not formally endorse him for president.
“He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do,” Trump said on WEEI. “And I told him not to.”