Tom Brady, a Picture of the Shy Trump Voter, Faces a QB Enjoying Better PR in SF on Sunday

Tom Brady
The Associated Press

If you want a picture of the elusive “shy Trump voter,” turn on your television this Sunday afternoon. He plays quarterback for the New England Patriots.

“I’m not talking politics anymore guys,” Brady told WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan on Monday morning. “I’m just not. I’ve got other things to worry about.”

Like how to beat a quarterback on the field on Sunday who beats him in public relations all season. Brady’s New England Patriots opened up as a 14-point road favorite over Colin Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers. But the betting favorite and the media favorite don’t always align.

Journalists put Colin Kaepernick on the cover of Time magazine after he took a stand by kneeling for the national anthem. They put Tom Brady under a microscope after he voted for Donald Trump.

Ever since Donald Trump revealed Tom Brady’s hardly surprising vote for him the quarterback’s Facebook page comments took a negative turn, the supermodel side of his bed turned cold, and liberal jock journalists suddenly treat him the way Terrell Suggs does. One Bleacher Report scribe described it as “impossible to look at him or support him in the same way ever again” in light of his Trump support.

Kaepernick, on the other hand, won praise from the president for “exercising his constitutional right.” The outgoing commander-in-chief opined from abroad, “I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, he’s generated more conversation about issues that have to be talked about.” Kaepernick’s jersey quickly surpassed Brady’s in sales and became the league’s bestseller. The sports page now reads as a love letters section for Kaepernick.

Disrespecting the national anthem wins commendation. Voting for the candidate who wins the presidency wins condemnation. That’s the upside-down world that is sports journalism.

“I just don’t want to get into it, I really don’t,” the shy Trump voter told Kirk and Callahan after promising a week ago to reveal his vote on Monday’s show. “There’s nothing positive that comes of it. There’s just so much negativity over the last week. I’m a positive person and I just want to keep things positive.”

Life would be so much easier for Tom Brady if he were Colin Kaepernick. He could lose all of his starts, not cast a ballot in the election as he protests its results, and kneel during the national anthem and tastemakers would still fawn over him. When you support the all right causes you can do no wrong.