Tom Brady on why he didn’t endorse Donald Trump: ‘Totally different than the support of a friend’

Tom Brady has been friends with President Donald Trump for many years, but the future Hall of Famer’s personal support doesn’t necessarily extend into politics.

In a lengthy interview on Wednesday’s edition of “The Howard Stern Show,” the Buccaneers quarterback tackled a number of topics, including his relationship with Trump and where he stands politically. Stern was curious how Brady interacted with Trump in the lead-up to the 2016 election; Stern had formed his own bond with Trump, but didn’t want to endorse him.

“I have tremendous affection for Trump. We used to do radio shows together, have fun, he came to my wedding and all this kind of thing,” Stern said. “I don’t know where you’re at politically, but it was weird because there was a time when Donald called me up and said, ‘Hey, I want you to speak at the Republican convention.’ And Donald can be very forceful. It was weird.

“I was actually a Hillary Clinton supporter. I was really into her,” Stern continued. “It was awkward for me because he was asking me to do that, and I had to say no to him, and it’s not an easy thing to do to somebody who has been kind to you.”

Trump also reached out to Brady, who declined to speak at the convention because he wasn’t going to do “anything political.” He explained that Trump’s presidential campaign changed everything and made him “uncomfortable.”

“He would call me after games, ‘I watched your game Tom, let’s play golf together.’ So 2003, 2004, that’s kind of the way it was,” Brady said of his friendship with Trump. “He would golf, and then he became someone that — he would come up to our games and stand on the sideline. He would cheer for the Patriots. He always had a way of connecting with people, and still does.

“But the whole political aspect came, and I think I got brought into a lot of those things because it was so polarizing around the election time. It was uncomfortable for me. You can’t undo things — not that I would undo a friendship — but the political support is totally different than the support of a friend.”

Brady believes modern politics is too divisive, so he chooses to focus on embracing leadership and bringing people together. He told Stern his connection to Trump never created problems within the locker room.

“No, no, never,” Brady said. “(My teammates) know me. They know who I am. I was with them every day.”

Then Stern stunned the Bucs quarterback with a question about Trump wanting Brady to date Ivanka, his daughter and senior presidential advisor. Brady couldn’t help but laugh and said Trump never directly suggested he should form a power couple with Ivanka.

“Did I consider dating her? No, there was never that where we ever dated or anything like that,” Brady said.

Brady wisely maneuvered his way out of Stern’s blitz and scrambled away by pointing to Gisele, his wife since 2009.

“It all worked out for me anyway,” Brady said. “I married the woman of my dreams. … I think I married the most amazing woman. So I have no regrets.”

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