BROMANCE OVER! Tom Brady Stabs Trump In The Back Over His Divisive NFL Rants

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Trump’s Friday comments calling any player who kneels during the anthem to protest police brutality a “son of a bitch” is not winning him any new friends. Aside from internet commenters and fans who think booing during the anthem is somehow less disrespectful than kneeling, the vast majority of people seem to be on the side of free speech when it comes to the protests.

Trump fans in the league itself are no exception to the newfound anti-Trump sentiment. Many of those associated with the league who have supported Trump in the past have strongly condemned his comments, including Terry Bradshaw, Rex Ryan, and now…New England Patriots legend Tom Brady.

Tom Brady and Donald Trump have been friends for years, playing golf together for more than a decade. When the Access Hollywood tape came out, Tom Brady simply refused to talk about it. He’s not very political – in an interview about who he’d be voting for, he referred to the election as “Super Tuesday,” which is a day during the primary season and not at all related to the general election or Election Day. That really helps to put his comments in perspective and shows how upset he is with Trump.

In a radio interview with Kirk & Callahan on WEEI, Tom Brady held very little back:

‘Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive. Like I said, I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, “Oh, that is wrong. That is right.” I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me. That is how I try and live every day.

‘I have a lot of respect for the players around the league and for obviously my teammates. I said after the game I just love my teammates and it takes a lot to play in the NFL. The guys that have played in the past really paved the way for us and what I thought in that post is that is what makes this game great – players, coaches that come together for one goal, to try and go out there and do the best we can do every week.

‘Hopefully it brings everyone together. I think that is what unity and love — like I said after the game, those are the things that concern me. When you’re in a locker room full of 53 players, you’re working to a common goal. You support the guys that you play with and you support your coaches, coaches support you. … Everyone deals with different challenges in their life and you respect everyone’s opinions and views. You don’t have to agree with everything.’

You can listen to his remarks below:

Donald Trump, who has since doubled down on his comments (repeatedly), does not appear to be interested in changing his mind. However, he’s finding himself increasingly isolated on this issue, and in the end there’s a good chance he’s helping the protest more than he’s hurting it by helping Colin Kaepernick with his original goal: sparking conversation.

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