Tom Brady made a quick exit from his weekly press conference at Gillette Stadium Wednesday when a reporter peppered him with a couple of questions regarding taking heat for his friendship with controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump.
WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) news reporter Dan Hausle, who typically doesn’t attend the media sessions at Patriots practice but is a regular presence when the topics stray away from the game on the field, wanted the superstar quarterback to get into his friendship with The Donald and recent media criticism directed his way, but Brady wouldn’t bite and abruptly ended the presser.
Q: Tom have you seen or heard of the cover of the Daily News, and how do you feel about people criticizing your relationship with Donald Trump?
Brady: I don’t think about it much. It’s a tough week, so I’ve got a lot of football stuff to think about and hopefully we can go out and beat the Titans. That would be the most important thing for me.Q: You kind of opened the door and talked about it, and you opened the door to some criticism. Do you regret opening the door when you do talk about it?
Brady: Like I said, I’m just here to play football. [laughing] Thanks guys.
A Patriots spokesperson told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe that a team media staffer announced it would be “last question” after the first question on Trump from WHDH_TV (Ch. 7) news reporter Dan Hausle as the team elected to end the presser once the topic got off football. Hausle typically doesn’t attend the media sessions at Patriots practice but he’s a regular presence when the topics stray away from the game on the field.
Boston Magazine’s Kyle Clauss took issue with Brady failing to clarify his position on Trump’s presendential run and the New York Post took the opportunity of Brady’s being asked about his Trump friendship on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show Monday to pop Tom’s famous face on the cover.
Chances are it’s not the last time Brady gets asked about Trump with the presidential race kicking into high gear in the new year.
File under: Exit stage left.