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Tom Brady is once again facing questions about his friendship with President Donald Trump after Trump said Brady called him before his inauguration.
Last week, before the New England Patriots’ AFC Championship win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brady was asked about the call but insisted on talking about football instead.
During his weekly interview on WEEI’s “The Kirk and Callahan Show” on Monday, Brady opened up slightly more about his relationship with Trump.
Brady reiterated that he has known Trump for a long time and that Trump has always been supportive of his career. Brady did not confirm any recent phone call but said they have called each other in the past. Brady said he called as a friend, as he would call and support his other friends. He insisted he doesn’t like talking about it because he doesn’t want to be a distraction to the team.
However, as the topic began to change, Brady said, “Why does that make such a big deal? I don’t understand that.”
Both hosts, Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan, said that while it shouldn’t be a big deal, Brady should know why people care about his relationship with Trump.
One host said: “I’m sure in your life – since you’re friends with this guy, he’s the president – I’m sure you’ve had discussions with women in your life who say, ‘I can’t stand this guy. I hate this guy. Why do you like this guy?’ I mean, that hasn’t happened?”
Brady said, “I don’t wanna get into it, but, just – if you know someone, it doesn’t mean that you agree with everything that they say or do. Right?”
“There’s things I don’t believe [in], absolutely. I don’t believe in, you know, there’s a lot of things,” Brady said. “Not to denounce anything, it’s just that there’s different things that I feel like, you know – I’ve known Gerry for a long time. I would consider – I don’t know ‘friends,’ but very cordial. If I saw you, I think we’d probably have a lot of things to talk about, but I don’t agree with everything. That’s fine, right?”
One host said that part of the fascination with Brady’s relationship with Trump is his career success in the NFL.
“If you were the 18th-best quarterback on earth, you could say whatever you want,” he said.
“I think that’s exactly right,” Brady replied. “I think just in the situation I’m in, in the middle of football season, I just don’t wanna be a distraction for a team. There’s too many guys that are working hard in one direction to help us win games, to get to the point where we’re at now. You just don’t want to be a distraction for them.”