It’s not a secret that Tom Brady and Donald Trump are friends. Those of us who didn’t know had the truth shown to us when reporters found a Trump campaign hat in his locker last year.
And Brady went public about it in December.
"Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time," Brady told WEEI at the time. "I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He’s a good friend of mine. He’s always been so supportive of me."
Right on. However, did Tom go so far as to endorse his good friend for President of the United States? No, that hasn’t happened. But, why?
Because Donald Trump says he wouldn’t let him.
"No, because I told him not to," Trump said to WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Monday. "He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do. And I told him not to.
"He couldn’t be nicer. There was an article in GQ, he said, ‘Trump’s the biggest winner, you can’t beat Trump’ and all that stuff. And I said, ‘Don’t do that, because you may have a sponsor that doesn’t like me.’ They may be liberal, they may be something. And I don’t want him to get involved in that stuff. It’s hard for athletes.
"I think he would do it if I asked him. I’ve never asked him to do it. But I think he’d do it if I asked him."
Trump also said that he’s friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, but won’t push for an endorsement from him either.
"You know, I find endorsements — and they are friends, and perhaps they have other friends that are running, too. If they want to support me they can. That’s up to them. I wouldn’t ask them. I never ask people for support. Like, Tom came out with beautiful statements about me the last couple of weeks in GQ. I never asked him to do that. It’s nice that he does it. But I don’t like to ask people for support. If they want to support me, they can support me."
And Trump also missed having Brady in Super Bowl 50.
"We needed our guy in there," Trump said. "That was just a boring game. Am I the only one that thought that? … It was a terrible game, it was terribly played. The whole thing, it had a bad vibe. Well, we need Tom. We’re a little prejudiced, so anyways. Next year Tom will be in there."
If Tom lands in the next Super Bowl, could he get congratulated for a win by President Donald Trump?