Donald Trump: Tom Brady Is A Great Guy, We Are Friends ‘Details’

Donald Trump: Tom Brady Is A Great Guy, We Are Friends - Details

Donald Trump was one of the first people to defend Tom Brady after the Ted Wells report was released, and the Republican presidential candidate has not backed down from his stance.

Trump, a billionaire businessman, said on FOX Business Network that he and Brady are close and Goodell is wrong to suspend Brady four games.

“I think it’s ridiculous the way they’ve treated him,” Trump said Thursday of Brady. “He’s a friend of mine, he’s a great friend of mine, he’s a great guy, and I think it’s ridiculous the way they’ve treated him. To spend $10 million in legal fees, and now it’s probably higher than that, it’s crazy. He’s a great star. They ought to go back to playing football. This country has bigger problems.”

Brady was suspended four regular-season games for his alleged knowledge of the intentional reduction of football air pressure in the AFC Championship game in January. He also was uncooperative in the opinion of the NFL and Goodell during investigator Ted Wells’ search for details. Goodell said in his decision to uphold the four-game suspension after hearing Brady’s appeal on June 23 that Brady intentionally destroyed a cell phone on or shortly after being asked for access to the device. Goodell upheld the suspension on July 29, prompting Brady to file suit in federal court.

Brady and Goodell were ordered back to U.S. District Court in New York on Aug. 31 by Judge Richard M. Berman if no settlement is reached before that date.

With the ruling by Goodell, Brady is slated to miss the Patriots’ first four regular-season games: the Sept. 10 home opener against the Steelers, Sept. 20 at the Buffalo Bills and Sept. 27 at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a Week 4 bye, the Patriots visit the Dallas Cowboys on Oct 11. Second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would start in place of Brady.

Brady would be eligible to return in Week 6 at Indianapolis in a Sunday night game against the team that helped pave the way for the investigation. After routing the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to advance to the Super Bowl, the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win their fourth title.

Trump, offering some fantasy football advice, said he still would make Brady his first pick.

“I have taken him for years, and if you have done some friendly bets on Tom Brady, you’ve done very well,” Trump said.

  • Brody Skylniak

    “He’s a friend of mine, he’s a great friend of mine…”

    Brady must be absolutely cringing. That is like Jared Fogle trying to endorse….well…anybody.

    Unless Goodell gets realistic the judge is going to toss the entire case because he has already highlighted to Goodell the conclusion for the investigation is at best vague and a four game suspension–even if the accusation was true–is still disparate treatment.

    The major mistake Brady made was not accepting responsibility for the equipment not being in regs. His job includes making sure the equipment he uses is in line with the rules.

    Think they found a neat system of max inflating the balls with warm air inside knowing they would naturally deflate at least to some degree when switched to a much colder environment.

    However, the 2nd half of the Colts game kind of proved it is hard to believe Brady cheated to gain an advantage. It would have been different had he not scored MORE points after the balls were checked again. (Besides, the Refs handled those balls between every play…how did they not notice a lack of inflation?)