“I met him probably 15, 16 years ago,” Brady told WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan Show” in his weekly appearance Monday morning. “We’ve played golf together many, many times and I’ve always had a good time with him. He’s been a friend of mine. He’s supported our team. He’s supported the Patriots. He’s been on the Patriots sideline a lot. He’s always called me after games to encourage me over the course of 15 years. That’s kind of the way it is.”
Brady wasn’t willing to say whether he endorses Trump but said he planned to vote. “Maybe we’ll talk about it after Super Tuesday or whatever it is.”
Of course, Brady could fully embrace Trump and his status in Massachussetts wouldn’t change. If Trump thinks he “could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose votes, Brady could steal the Sacred Cod or deface the Green Monster (or both) and fans would say, “Now, Tommy, don’t let it happen again.”
Still, Brady last week dodged the question about whether Trump’s “grab her by the p—-” comment constituted locker room talk, thanking the media and walking off the podium. He explained his reasoning while managing to not violate the Patriots’ code of omerta.
“It’s just the way it is right now,” he said. “Obviously there’s a lot of headlines to make, and I’ve tried not to make a lot of headlines. I’ve been in an organization where we’re taught to say very little, we have respect for our opponents and we don’t do the trash-talking. The thing I’ve always thought is I don’t want to be a distraction for the team. That’s what my goal is.
“Not that there are things I’ve said and done that haven’t been, but you try not to be. It’s just hard enough to win and prepare without the distractions so when you start having the distractions it’s even harder to prepare. You try to do the best that you do. I don’t hold grudges on anybody, I never have. I think because I use a lot of all those things that have happened to me over the years as motivation. Like people saying I could never go to college and play quarterback. You’ll never play at Michigan. You’ll never play in the NFL. You’ll never sustain a career in the NFL. I think those things have been helpful, so why should I be mad?”