Will Tom Brady speak at the GOP convention in Cleveland in favor of his “good friend” Donald Trump?
Trump reportedly told an audience in Richmond, Virginia, that he’d like to replace the politicians who normally speak at the—let’s be honest—often boring event with a “winner’s evening” of sports personalities instead.
“Our country needs to see winners,” Trump told the crowd, according to the New York Times. “We don’t see winners anymore. We have a bunch of clowns running this country. We have people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing running our country.”
From the Times report:
“After regaling the crowd with the long story of how he successfully courted the endorsement of Bobby Knight, the former Indiana University basketball coach, Mr. Trump rattled off a list of other names of sports figures who he said have supported him. According to the candidate, he also has the support of the star quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger; Brian France, the chief executive of Nascar; and Dana White, the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship.”
Brady was the focus of some scrutiny last December after journalists saw a “Make America Great Again” cap in the quarterback’s locker, prompting questions about whether he supported Trump for president.
At the time, Brady said that Trump was a “good friend,” but sounded reluctant to join the fray.
“Can I just stay out of this debate?” Brady told WEEI in December. “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 and I’ve always enjoyed his company. 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 three different career paths. I think that is pretty remarkable.”
Tom: What kind of “good friend” doesn’t know when to take a polite “can I stay out of this debate?” for an answer? Just saying.