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Tom Brady on Donald Trump: ‘Whatever I vote is going to be my own personal choice’

09.28.15 at 10:43 am ET

Last week Tom Brady talked about his longtime friendship with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and some media outlets turned his comments into an endorsement for the outspoken entrepreneur.

During his Monday morning appearance with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane, Brady made it clear he wants to stay out of any political discussions.

Asked if he was endorsing Trump, Brady replied: “Look, I’ve known him for a long time. He’s been a fun guy that I’ve had a lot of time around. The fact that he’s running, it’s obviously led to a lot of stories and debates, and I know the ratings were huge for all those Republican debates and so forth.

“One way or the other, it’s so far away from when the election will be. And whatever I vote is going to be my own personal choice based on how I feel. I don’t even know what the issues are. I haven’t paid attention to politics in a long time. It’s actually not something that I really even enjoy. It’s way off my radar.”

Brady said he understands why some in the media exaggerate his words, and he expressed a desire to stay out of any political controversies.

“I think that it’s just a different world than when I started in professional football,” Brady said. “Even an offhanded comment like that. I said that people may run with — and I understand why people do run with it, because you get the clicks and that type of stuff. It’s just people doing their job. A comment like that, I try to have fun with certain things. But some things a lot of times they get taken out of context. So I think you are just more careful with what you say because you don’t want a big headline with you saying something that’s going to take the attention away from your teammates or what you’re trying to do.

“I think that’s always a pretty selfish thing that maybe individuals do in team sports is when it’s about them and it’s about their comment and it’s about their fans or it’s about their opinion on something. And everyone’s just trying to accomplish the same thing, so when you’re speaking publicly, you’ve got a lot of people listening, I think it’s probably in everyone’s best interests in today’s day and age to say as little as possible. That’s just the way it is and I think the way our culture is right now. Because everything is really out there. And that’s just the way it is.”

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