In his weekly chat with reporters Wednesday, Tom Brady was asked the question that has consumed conversation since last Friday, when The Washington Post published video of Donald Trump speaking lewdly about sexual assault in what he and his campaign have repeatedly described as “locker room talk.”
Plenty of athletes and journalists have spoken up to denounce the idea that this is the kind of talk that goes on, and Brady, who described Trump as a “good friend” last December and for a time had a “Make America Great Again” Trump cap in his locker, was going nowhere near debate over what constitutes “locker room talk.”
“How would you respond,” he was asked, “if your kids heard Donald Trump’s version of locker room talk?”
Brady responded with a smile and a breezy, “Thank you, guys, and have a good day” as he walked off the podium.
During his weekly “Kirk and Callahan” show appearance on WEEI Radio, Kirk Minihane asked him if he had spoken with his friend during the four weeks he was serving his Deflategate suspension. Brady tried deflecting that, too.
“This is the quarterback question of the week?” he asked.
So Minihane pressed him again for an answer. “I don’t think so. I don’t think so,” he replied. “I’ve been just trying to get ready and prepared and so forth.”
Last December he said of Trump: “I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s achieved in his life. You’re going from business, kind of an incredible businessman and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It’s a pretty different career path. I think that is pretty remarkable.”
Earlier in the 2015 season, he was asked if he thought Trump had a chance to be elected and he tossed a little joke into his answer. “I hope so,” he said then. “That would be great. There’d be a putting green on the White House lawn, I know that.”