Last week, Tom Brady was asked in his postgame press conference how he would respond to “Donald Trump's version of locker room talk.”
On Monday, Brady explained why, rather than answer the question, he promptly exited the press conference.
He told the Kirk and Callahan Show he does not want his connection with Trump to become a distraction for the Patriots.
“It’s just the way it is right now,” Brady said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of headlines to make, and I’ve tried not to make a lot of headlines. I’ve been in an organization where we’re taught to say very little, we have respect for our opponents, and we don’t do the trash-talking.”
"The thing I’ve always thought is I don’t want to be a distraction for the team,” Brady added. “That’s what my goal is. Not that there are things I’ve said and done that haven’t been, but you try not to be. It’s just hard enough to win and prepare without the distractions so when you start having the distractions it’s even harder to prepare."
In September 2015, Brady told reporters that Trump was a “good friend” and joked that it would be great to see the billionaire elected president as he would implement a putting green on the White House lawn. Brady later clarified that he would like to stay out of political talk.
Brady said that he plans to vote on Nov. 8, but has not disclosed who he will vote for.