Tom Brady has said he doesn’t want to get into politics.
That puts him in a difficult position when it comes to his public friendship with controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
After Brady’s support of his “good friend’’ landed him on the New York Daily News front page, the Patriots quarterback was asked what he thought of the criticism of his relationship with Trump during a team press conference Wednesday.
According to Boston Herald beat reporter Jeff Howe, a Patriots public relations staffer announced “last question’’ after the first Trump question, cutting the press conference short “because of the Trump questioning.’’
Gotta make a correction: Patriots PR announced "last question" before second Trump question but it was cut because of Trump questioning.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 16, 2015
Here’s the transcript of the exchange:
Q: Tom have you seen or heard of the cover of the Daily News, and how do you feel about people criticizing your relationship with Donald Trump?
Brady: I don’t think about it much. It’s a tough week, so I’ve got a lot of football stuff to think about and hopefully we can go out and beat the Titans. That would be the most important thing for me.
Q: You kind of opened the door and talked about it, and you opened the door to some criticism. Do you regret opening the door when you do talk about it?
Brady: Like I said, I’m just here to play football. [laughing] Thanks guys.
In September, Brady said “it would be great’’ if Trump was elected president. When asked if he thought the billionaire real estate mogul could actually win, Brady said, “hope so.’’ He backpedaled on those comments later that month.
During an interview Tuesday on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan, Brady stood by his support of Trump.
“I support all my friends in everything they do,’’ Brady said. “I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s achieved in his life.’’
Brady would not elaborate when the radio hosts pushed for clarification if his “support’’ meant he was endorsing Trump for president.
On Wednesday, the Daily News, a New York-based tabloid, published a scathing front-page article on Brady’s refusal to condemn Trump’s “dangerous demagoguery and racist rhetoric.’’
Trump, who leads the Republican field in national presidential polls, has run a controversial campaign for president. Among other things, he has falsely claimed that thousands of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks and called for a ban on Muslims coming to the United States.