Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said that the media “mischaracterized” his relationship with former President Trump “a lot.”
Brady addressed the topic in a recent in-depth interview with Variety that also touched on his lack of political aspirations and ten-year Fox Sports broadcasting deal.
When asked if he was still in touch with Trump, Brady remarked, “No. I haven’t talked to him in a lot of years.”
The former president and the NFL GOAT used to go on golf outings in the past. “This was 17 or 18 years ago. I was so young. I got to go to a private golf course. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world,” Brady detailed.
The interviewer noted that the press made it appear as if the pair were still buddies. “I think they just mischaracterized a lot,” the QB explained. “And my personality isn’t ever one to insult anybody. I have plenty of my own flaws. I’m not here to point out anyone else’s flaws. There are things that I agree with. There are things that I don’t.”
“I don’t see eye to eye with anyone,” he continued. “And I’m not responsible for what other people say. I’m really responsible for what I say. So if people want to say things that I said or that I’m about, that’s up to them, and I’m not going to respond to all those things all the time either.”
Brady was also quick to shoot down a post-football career in politics. “Probably not. I don’t think anyone’s fond of politics these days,” he stated.
For now, he’s focused on finishing out his career on the field, and upon re-retirement, he’ll start his ten-year, $375 million broadcasting deal as a lead NFL analyst.
“I would say it’s year to year: Could this be my last year? Absolutely,” he said about the end of his professional football career. “Could I change my mind? Absolutely. I’ve realized I don’t have five years left. I want to do it my way. I want to give it everything I got and see where I’m at.”