After skipping meetings with the last two occupants of the White House, Tom Brady showed up on Tuesday to celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl title with the rest of the squad.
He did not come alone. In addition to the “incredible group of players” he credited with winning Super Bowl LV, the decorated quarterback provided reinforcement in the form of a few cheerful political zingers.
“It didn’t look good there at one point,” Brady said, recalling a time in the season when the team only had seven wins and five losses.
“Not many people think we could have won,” he continued. “In fact, I think about 40% of people still don’t think we won!”
President Joe Biden smirked and added from the side of the stage: “I understand that!”
Brady was of course referring to former President Donald Trump’s continued and baseless insistence on winning the 2020 presidential election, a lie that many of his supporters nonetheless believe. The reality is that Trump lost decisively, much like the Kansas City Chiefs’ 9-31 loss to Tampa Bay.
“We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what it was,” he recalls moments later. “I lost track of a down in 21 years of playing and they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom!'”
“Why would they do this to me?” Brady asked, feigning anguish.
This joke, too, was a reminder from Trump: on the campaign trail, the former president tried to portray Biden as “Sleepy Joe,” with questionable results.
Brady’s jokes are especially notable given his previous support for Trump, whom he described as a “good friend” during Trump’s 2016 presidential candidacy.
The quarterback appeared to distance himself from Trump in 2017 when he criticized his ‘divisive’ treatment of NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racism systemic.
He also skipped a visit to the White House after the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2017, which allegedly angered Trump, who was only appeased after Brady attributed his absence to his ailing mother.
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