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Tom Brady explained on Monday morning why he dodged a question about his friend, Donald Trump, and the vulgar comments the GOP presidential candidate made about women.
The New England Patriots’ quarterback was asked during a recent press conference what he made of Trump’s remarks caught on a hot mic while he was hanging out with disgraced media personality Billy Bush in 2005.
Brady ignored the question and ended the presser.
On Monday, during his weekly interview on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan show, Brady explained his thinking in not addressing the topic even though he has made it clear in the past he is friends with Trump and kept a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker.
“Obviously there’s a lot of headlines to make, and I’ve tried not to make a lot of headlines,” Brady told the show. “I’ve been in an organization where we’re taught to say very little, we have respect for our opponents and we don’t do the trash-talking. The thing I’ve always thought is I don’t want to be a distraction for the team.”
Brady, who recently came off a four-game suspension of his alleged part in the Deflategate scandal, explained he has known Trump for about 15 years and they are golf buddies. He also said he needs to be focused on football, not outside noise.
“It’s just hard enough to win and prepare without the distractions so when you start having the distractions it’s even harder to prepare,” Brady said. “I don’t hold grudges on anybody, I never have. I think because I use a lot of all those things that have happened to me over the years as motivation.”
When asked he was going to vote Nov. 8, Brady replied: “Yeah, I’ll vote. Maybe we’ll talk about it after Super Tuesday or whatever it is.”