New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doubled down on his stance that he’ll no longer publicly talk about politics Monday.
"I’m not talking politics anymore, guys. I’m just not," he told WEEI’s Kirk And Callahan Show (via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com). "I’ve got other things to worry about. Just speaking with my family, it’s just a bad idea. So I know I told you I would, and after I told you I would, I changed my mind."
Brady told the radio show last week that he would disclose whom he voted for in Tuesday’s presidential election. He’s since reversed course, however, after Donald Trump said on Nov. 7 that he had Brady’s support in the election, per Cindy Boren of the Washington Post:
Tom Brady, great guy, great guy. Great guy, great friend of mine — great, great champion. Unbelievable winner. He called today and he said, ‘Donald, I support you, you’re my friend, and I voted for you.’ …
And I said, ‘So, Tom. You voted for me, you support me, am I allowed to say it tonight at this massive crowd in New Hampshire?’ He said, ‘If you want to say it, you can say it.’ Okay? Tom — that’s what a champ is all about.
However, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, said the couple did not support Trump, according to Boren. On Wednesday, Brady refused to acknowledge that he gave Trump permission to announce his support publicly, per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe:
"I talked to my wife. She said I can’t talk about politics anymore," Brady noted. "I think that’s a good decision."
Brady’s coach, Bill Belichick, also distanced himself politically from Trump on Wednesday, after Trump read aloud a note Belichick had written him in his Nov. 7 speech.
"Congratulations on a tremendous campaign," the note read, according to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. "You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully—beautifully. You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing."
Belichick maintained that he sent the note out of friendship.
"I’ve received a number of inquiries relative to a note I wrote to Donald on Monday," Belichick told reporters. "Our friendship goes back many years. I think anybody that spends more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person. My comments are not politically motivated."
While Brady and Belichick have gone mum, a number of athletes and coaches have publicly decried Trump’s election and the tone of his campaign.
In the NBA, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich have spoken out against Trump.
On Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, who specifically mentioned Trump as the reason for his protest, joined a long list of NFL players who have protested the national anthem.
"I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in," Evans said, per Matias Grez of CNN. "I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that."
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