In the days leading up to a big game —say, for example, this year’s Super Bowl 51 — players should be focusing on a few key things: staying focused, staying healthy, and practice, practice, practice.
But Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is facing a number of distractions off the field — all because of his friendship with President Donald Trump.
Just a week before the biggest game of the year, USA Today’s Nancy Armour put the screws to Brady in a new article, writing that he “no longer gets a pass on his friendship with Donald Trump”:
“In refusing to publicly disavow Trump’s actions, Brady is giving tacit endorsement to both Trump and the chaos he has created.”
Armour explains that Brady doesn’t have the luxury of keeping his friendship out of the public discourse — and holds up controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick as an example of how Brady should behave:
“It would have been easy for Kaepernick to brush off questions or say he’d rather talk about football, as Brady has done. Instead, he’s been eloquent in detailing his concerns over police brutality in minority communities. He’s sparked conversations and reflection in NFL locker rooms and beyond.”
But football legend Mike Ditka doesn’t agree that Brady owes Armour — or anyone else — anything. According to The Blaze, he responded Thursday to those criticizing Brady over his friendship with Trump on the “Bernie and Sid” show on WABC-AM:
“I think these people are — can I say this? — that they’re a**holes.”
Ditka minced no words in declaring his own support for President Trump — and his dislike for former President Obama — as well:
“There’s gonna be disagreements. I happen to support Donald Trump, I like Donald Trump, I think he’s the best man, the best-qualified person, I think he’ll do a great job for America.
There’s a lot of people out there who don’t think that, but we’ll have to wait and see. Let him do his job first. If he can possibly screw it up nearly half as much as Obama, I’ll be surprised.”
Mike Ditka was also asked about Kaepernick during the interview and how he might respond to a player who took a knee during the national anthem. His response was adamant: “He doesn’t play for me ever again. Period.”