Tom Brady’s golf-buddy bromance with Donald Trump is over, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback says it’s been that way for some time.
Despite the fact that they both now live and work in Florida, Brady told Variety in a wide-ranging interview that he and the ex-President haven’t spoken ‘in a lot of years.’
He went so far as to say the media ‘mischaracterized’ their relationship by falsely portraying the pair as close.
Brady was often pictured golfing with Trump before the latter took office in 2017, and even had a conspicuously placed ‘Make America Great Again’ hat in his locker with the New England Patriots two years earlier.
But when asked about his relationship now, Brady reminded readers that he doesn’t like disparaging anyone, and doesn’t want any responsibility for the words or actions of others.
‘… my personality isn’t ever one to insult anybody,’ Brady said. ‘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. There are things I agree with my wife about. There are things that I don’t. I love her to death, but we don’t always see eye to eye. I don’t see eye to eye with anyone.
‘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.’
Then-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chats with Donald Trump (year unknown)
Tom Brady (fore) tees off, watched by real estate developer Donald Trump (in red cap), on the course at Trump International Golf Club, Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2006
The Brady-Trump relationship dates back to 2001, and has mainly centered around golf.
‘This was 17 or 18 years ago,’ the 44-year-old Brady told Variety. ‘I was so young. I got to go to a private golf course. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.’
However, Trump has claimed that Brady phoned him to voice his support during the 2016 election. Previously, when reporters noticed his MAGA hat in his locker in 2015, Brady said he ‘hoped’ Trump would be a great president.
‘There’d be a putting green on the White House lawn, I’m sure,’ Brady said.
Meanwhile, Brady’s supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, has said flatly that she and her husband did not back Trump as a candidate.
Trump has claimed that Brady phoned him to voice his support during the 2016 election. Previously, when reporters noticed his MAGA hat (PICTURED: upper right) in his locker in 2015, Brady said he ‘hoped’ Trump would be a great president
BBefore they were both married, Trump allegedly suggested that Brady date his daughter, Ivanka (left). Brady’s supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen (right), has said flatly that she and her husband did not back Trump as a candidate
Donald Trump, left, stops to talk to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prior to the start of the game at Gillette Stadium, Saturday, January 10, 2004, in Foxborough
ans stand with a sign stating ‘Hey Mr. Trump Tom Brady for V.P.’ before the game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015
Brady’s interview with Variety, in which he also declined to set a retirement date, is not the first sign that his relationship with Trump was deteriorating.
After leaving the Patriots for the Bucs in 2020, Brady told Howard Stern that he declined Trump’s invitation to speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention (Stern said he, too, declined).
Brady became a bit flustered when speaking to Stern about Trump’s repeated suggestions that he date Ivanka, Trump’s eldest daughter.
‘Trump always dreamed of you marrying Ivanka, and he told me he suggested it to you—but did you ever go out with her?’ Stern asked.
‘That was a long time ago in my life… No, there was never that, where we ever dated or anything like that,’ Brady said, before referencing his own daughter, Vivian.
‘I have a daughter… would I ever arrange my daughter…’ Brady said as Stern cut him off.
‘I know, it’s weird,’ Stern laughed.
Brady also skipped the Patriots’ White House visit in April 2017 (pictured), citing ‘personal family matters’ and a previous trip to the Oval Office during the Obama years
Brady also skipped the Patriots’ White House visit in April 2017, citing ‘personal family matters’ and a previous trip to the Oval Office during the Obama years.
He did, however, attend the Bucs’ White House visit in 2021 following their Super Bowl LV victory, and even cracked a few jokes about the election Trump had lost months earlier.
‘Not a lot of people think that we could have won. In fact, I think about 40 percent of people still don’t think we won. You understand that, Mr. President?’ Brady laughed.
‘I understand that,’ Biden responded, laughing with Brady.
Brady did attend the Bucs’ White House visit in 2021 following their Super Bowl LV victory, and even cracked a few jokes about the election Trump had lost months earlier