Donald Trump has been very public in his support for Tom Brady. It’s unclear if the feeling is mutual, but it appears the New England Patriots quarterback does possess some Trump campaign gear.
Tom wants to make America great again. pic.twitter.com/gkUsB4OXe6— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) September 5, 2015
Barstool Sports writer John Feitelberg tweeted a photo of Brady’s locker Saturday, and in it appears to be the trademark “Make America Great Again’’ hat sported by the GOP frontrunner on the campaign trail.
“It’s well documented that Mr. Trump and Tom have a great friendship and have for many years,’’ Trump spokewoman Hope Hill told CNN on Saturday.
Trump hasn’t been shy about his support of Brady throughout Deflategate, calling the quarterback a “friend’’ and a “winner.’’ After a judge took the air out of Brady’s four-game suspension Wednesday for the scandal revolving around allegedly deflated footballs, Trump took time during a press conference to congratulate the 38-year-old quarterback.
“He’s a great guy, for those of you who don’t know him,’’ he said via CNN. “He’s an honorable guy and an honest guy and a truly great athlete. He is really a very good friend of mine and I just spoke to him a little while ago, he’s so thrilled and so happy.’’
Trump also tweeted his support after the decision…
Congratulations to Tom Brady on yet another great victory- Tom is my friend and a total winner!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2015
…as he had throughout the scandal, even dating back to the Super Bowl.
Love that Patriots won - Brady is best ever! Seahawks pass was DUMBEST play in the history of football! Great going COACH B!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2015
In the days following the release of the Wells Report and Brady’s suspension, he tweeted:
Tom Brady would have won if he was throwing a soccer ball. He is my friend and a total winner! @Patriots— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2015
They had no definitive proof against Tom Brady or #patriots. If Hillary doesn't have to produce Emails, why should Tom? Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2015
People are so jealous of Tom Brady and the Patriots. No court could convict based on the evidence.They can't beat him on the field, so this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2015
Why do we always try to destroy our true champions and winners in this country, while at the same time leaving the losers alone? STUPID!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2015
I hope Tom Brady sues the hell out of the @nfl for incompetence & defamation. They will drop the case against him--and he will win.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2015
And after Goodell intially upheld the suspension on Brady’s appeal, and more than a month into Trump’s presidential campaign:
Per @rushlimbaugh: Why does Hillary Clinton get the benefit of the doubt (after she DESTROYS her illegal email server) ...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2015
... while Tom Brady is guilty because he REPLACED his LEGAL cellphone?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2015
The Washington Post has a full rundown of Trump’s public support since 2012, when he congratulated Brady on the birth of his daughter. On the day of the AFC Championship game last season, Trump campaign advisor Dan Scavino tweeted a photo of the two “friends’’ playing golf together.
Neither representatives for Brady nor Trump immediately responded for requests for comment on this story.
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