Despite Donald Trump’s wishes, Tom Brady will not be there for his buddy at the Republican National Convention, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Despite speculation to contrary, Pats QB Tom Brady will not be attending Republican National Convention in Cleveland this month, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 5, 2016
Trump was reportedly interested in bringing Brady and other famous athletes to the convention in place of the political allies he doesn’t really have. Via the AP:
The former reality television star plans to feature his high-profile children at the summer gathering in Cleveland, with the hope they’ll be joined by a number of celebrity supporters. Prospects include former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and longtime boxing promoter Don King.
Brady, of course, has a complicated history with Trump’s campaign. The QB displayed a red “Make America Great Again” hat at his locker, then denied that he was endorsing Trump but saying he supports his “good friend.”
Brady has clumsily tried to stay apolitical throughout the campaign while Trump touts the pair’s friendship as some kind of example of how he’s a winner or something. In fact, Brady wasn’t the only Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trump courted for the convention. Last month Ben Roethlisberger had to distance himself from Trump after the candidate floated his name as a potential speaker.
It looks like Trump will have to turn away from QBs in his hunt for convention speakers. And hey, if no celebrities or political figures are willing to appear, we hear there’s a chair available.