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Tom Brady claims the media ‘misinterpreted’ his relationship with Donald Trump

Tom Brady has claimed the media ‘misinterpreted’ his relationship with Donald Trump after he called the former president a ‘good friend’ and was spotted with a MAGA hat in his football locker.

The NFL legend told Variety in an interview published Thursday that the two men have not spoken to each other for “many years” and that he was “so young” when he played golf with Mr. Trump.

“I haven’t spoken to her for many years,” he said. “I think [the press] just misdescribe a lot.

As a rising NFL star in the 2000s, Mr Brady said he thought it was “the coolest thing in the world” to become golf buddies with Mr Trump.

“That was 17 or 18 years ago,” he said. “I was so young. I have to go to a private golf course. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made vague comments on his thoughts on the former president today, saying he wouldn’t ‘point out anyone else’s flaws ‘because his personality’ is never to insult anyone”.

“My personality is never one to insult anyone. I have many of my own flaws. I’m not here to point out someone else’s faults. There are things I agree with,” he said.

“There are things I don’t do. There are things on which I agree with my wife. There are things I don’t do. I love her to death, but we don’t always agree. I don’t agree with anyone.

“And I’m not responsible for what other people say. I am truly responsible for what I say.

“So if people want to say things that I’ve said or talk about, that’s up to them, and I’m also not going to respond to all of those things all the time.”

Mr Brady appeared to be unclear on whether or not he supported Mr Trump in his political career – a question that has hung over the 44-year-old for several years.

Tom Brady at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Tampa, Florida in December 2021

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The quarterback’s political stance first came under scrutiny in 2015 when a photo of a MAGA hat appeared in his locker. At the time, Mr Brady said Mr Trump had personally sent it to him and he had “found his way to my locker”.

He explained how the 76-year-old would call him and give him “different types of motivational speeches at different times”.

The soccer star then appeared to endorse Mr Trump in the 2016 election, saying it would be “great” if he became the next president.

“I hope so. That would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn. I know that,” he said when asked if he thought Mr Trump had a chance to win the election.

Mr Brady appeared to walk back his comments in a 2020 interview with Howard Stern where he said his relationship with Mr Trump made him “uncomfortable” ahead of the 2016 election.

“You can’t undo things, not that I would destroy a friendship, but political support is very different from friend support,” he told Mr Stern.

The pair first became friends in the early 2000s when Mr Trump invited Mr Brady to judge a Miss USA pageant with him.

The quarterback, who had just won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, said at the time he thought it was “the coolest thing in the world.”

After that, Mr. Trump would invite her to play golf with him and come out to support him at games.

“[Mr Trump] would stand on the sidelines and cheer for the Patriots… He always had a way of connecting with people and still does,” Brady said.

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