Tom Brady. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)
When Tom Brady was asked last week about Donald Trump’s declaration that the Patriots quarterback had offered a congratulatory phone call the day before the presidential inauguration, the quarterback’s response was minimal.
Appearing on the Kirk & Callahan Show Monday morning, Brady relayed more detailed thoughts on both the communication, and where he stands with Trump.
“I’m a pretty positive person, so I don’t want to create any distractions for our team and so forth,” Brady said. “I just try and stay positive and actually this world could use a little more positivity. Everything’s not great in this world and everything is not great in life. But if you try and take a positive approach … I try to do that. I try to do that in practice. I try to do that with my team. I try to do that with my family. That’s how I go about life. I don’t like negativity. I don’t like a lot of confrontation. Those things don’t make me feel very good. I wouldn’t be a good talk show host.”
Brady was subsequently asked what the negative aspects of his life might be.
“I wouldn’t even tell you what those things would be,” he said. “There’s nothing for me to complain about. I don’t have any complaints. I’m a human being like every other person. I have family, and the same things that every family goes through. Life is good and it’s very precious. You have different things in life that keeps things in perspective of how precious life is, things that happen with your family and your friends. I’m very blessed to have support and love and to do what I love to do, and for that I’m very grateful.”
Then, for clarification sake, the quarterback was offered the opportunity to confirm or deny the phone call in question.
“I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call,” Brady said. “But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.”
And just when it appeared the conversation regarding Trump and the phone call was taking a turn elsewhere, Brady jumped back in.
“Why does everybody make such a big deal? I don’t understand it,” he added.
That brought back the topic of his relationship with the new President.
“I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life,” Brady noted. “I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”
Brady was reminded that at least part of the controversy was due to his friendship with a very public figure that has taken stances which many might believe the QB wouldn’t want to be associated with.
“I don’t believe in a lot of things,” Brady said. “Not to denounce anything. There are different things … I’ve known Gerry [Callahan] for a long time and I would consider, I don’t know friends, but would be very cordial if I saw you and I think we would have a lot of things to talk about. I don’t agree with everything. That’s fine, right?
“I just don’t want to be a distraction for our team. There are too many guys that are working hard in one direction to help us win games to help us get to the point where we are now. You just don’t want to be a distraction. There are too many distractions in life.”