Three months after jokingly endorsing Donald Trump for president, Tom Brady took to the radio airwaves Tuesday to express his friendship with the controversial Republican front runner.
However, he stopped short of an actual endorsement.
“Can I just stay out of this debate?” Brady said on WEEI radio. “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 thought was really cool. That came along with winning the Super Bowl. He’s always invited me to play golf. 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 business man and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It’s a pretty different career path. I think that is pretty remarkable.”
While Brady may not want to fully endorse Trump – in September, he said “I hope so. That would be great. There’d be a putting green on the White House lawn. I know that,” when asked about the possibility of him winning – Trump is running with his comments.
“In Massachusetts, I’m at 48 percent. You know why? Tom Brady said Trump’s the greatest,” Trump told the Washington Post. “He says it to anyone who asks him. You know, it’s hard for a guy like him to say that. When you’re a football player, you don’t want to be taking sides in campaigns and having the Hillary [Clinton] people now say you’re not as good as Bart Starr. You understand. So Tom Brady is great.”