Tom Brady Confirms He Owns a Donald Trump Hat

Say it ain't so, Tom.

Photo via AP

Photo via AP

Throughout the Deflategate saga, human paraquat and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump repeatedly came to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s defense. Each time Trump called Brady his friend, we all rolled our eyes and dismissed it as the egomaniacal ramblings of the man who brought us “Trump: The Game.”

Over the weekend, Barstool Sports reporter John Feitelberg spotted a red “Make America Great Again” hat, sold for a cool $25 on Trump’s campaign store, in Brady’s locker.

While ESPN’s Mike & Mike gave NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell an on-air sponge bath Tuesday morning, WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan pressed Brady on his relationship with Trump.

“We hear one of his hats, ‘Make America Great Again’ hats, was in your locker. Do you want to take this opportunity to throw your support behind Trump?” co-host Gerry Callahan asked.

“Well, he sent it to me via [Patriots owner Robert Kraft]. I’ve known him since 2002, where I judged one of his beauty pageants. Imagine that—I was the judge at a Miss USA pageant in 2002. So I’ve known him for a long time. He always gives me a call and different types of motivational speeches at different times. Now that he’s running for president, he sent me a hat, and he gave it to [Kraft] a couple weeks ago, so it found its way to my locker.”

“Are you going to vote for him?” Callahan asked.

“You know, I don’t know. Am I going to vote for him, that’s a good question,” Brady deferred. “Honestly, he’s a good friend, and we’ve had a lot of time on the golf course together over the years, probably not as much recently, but when I was—in my younger days, when I would have more time that I could spend doing those types of things. Before there were kids, we spent a lot time golfing together.”

“I mean, it’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to accomplish as an entrepreneur, then as a television star, and now running for political office,” Brady continued. “People who can do those types of things and transition into different arenas and still have that type of appeal and carry-over. He’s obviously appealing to a lot of people, and he’s a hell of a lot of fun to play golf with.”

Brady denied he had political aspirations in 2012 once his playing career is over. Perhaps that’s changed?

You can listen to the full interview here.