Tom Brady called Donald Trump “a fun guy” in a Boston radio interview but described his remark in support of the Republican presidential candidate an “off-handed comment” that journalists ran with to generate clicks.
“I’ve known him for a long time,” Brady told WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan on Monday. “He’s been a fun guy that I’ve had a lot of time around. The fact that he’s running has obviously led to a lot of stories and debates and ratings were huge for all those Republican debates and so forth.”
The four-time Super Bowl-winner recently displayed a red “Make America Great Again” Trump campaign hat in his locker and responded “I hope so” when asked if Trump possessed what it takes to win the presidency. Trump repeatedly backed Brady in his fight with the NFL in the Deflategate matter.
Brady said of his earlier comments, “I try to have fun with certain things.”
“One way or another,” Brady explained on Monday, “it’s so far away from when the election will be. Whatever I vote is going to be my own personal choice based on how I feel. I don’t even know what the issues are. I haven’t paid attention to politics in a long time. It’s actually not something that I really even enjoy. It’s way off my radar.”
Through three weeks of the NFL season, Brady leads the league in passing yardage and completions. Donald Trump currently leads the Republican field in the polls, up just one point on Carly Fiorina in the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal national survey.
“When you’re speaking publicly, you have a lot of people listening and I think it’s probably in everyone’s best interest, in today’s day and age, to say as little as possible,” Brady told the radio hosts, advice surely lost on the presidential candidate whose hat he displays. “I think that’s just the way it is and the way our culture is right now. Because everything is really out there and that’s just the way it is.”