‘First Take’ On Tom Brady’s Refusal To Admit Donald Trump Is A Douche
We are only as good as the company we keep, right? Some people have a greater tolerance for those who hold opinions different than theirs, but the fact remains that you wouldn't align yourself with someone who you thought was a horrible person. Obviously, Tom Brady doesn't think Donald Trump is a horrible person, because he's routinely referred to him as "a friend" who has "done amazing things," and this could be for one of several reasons:
1) Brady doesn't know about the things Trump has said/done/not done.
2) Brady doesn't care about the things Trump has said/done/not done.
3) Brady likes Trump despite the things Trump has said/done/not done.
4) Brady likes Trump because he's cool with the things Trump has said/done/not done.
Whatever the case, Tom Brady -- America's second most famous professional athlete -- shouldn't be surprised when the media asks him to clarify his support of Donald Trump's Presidential run. Spoiler: Tom Brady is surprised when the media asks him to clarify his support of Donald Trump's Presidential run. It takes a special kind of moron to think you can be a super-celebrity and say glowing things about a controversial public figure with total impunity.
For instance, if LeBron James said he thought Artie Lange would be make a great kindergarten teacher, you'd expect him to extrapolate, right?
On Monday, Brady was asked about his outward respect for Trump on the heels of the final GOP Debate, after Trump doubled down on his Scarface-esque plan to kill the families of terrorists because they're guilty by association. If that's the case, then by Trump's own perverse logic, Tom Brady should have to atone for the things his pal has been saying during the most watched television events in human history. But all Brady wants to do is talk about football and say nice things about his friends -- even if those friends are saying mean things about a sizeable chunk of NFL fans. (Full disclosure: Muslims watch football and play in the NFL.)
Stephen A. Smith does not agree. He thinks friends are friends and it's wrong to put Tom Brady in a position where he has to comment on his buddy's insane policy ideas. Here's a quick rundown of where Smith stands on the media's curiosity about Brady's relationship with an obnoxious orange billionaire who's essentially declared war on 1.6 billion people.
Stephen A. Smith on Tom Brady's support of Donald Trump's immigration solution: "Why should tom brady be forced or compelled to answer any questions about somebody that he considers to be a friend of his? Are we aware, do we know that Tom Brady hasn't spoken to Donald Trump and said, 'I kind of don't agree with your assertions that you're going to deport 11.3 million illegal immigrants? I don't think that's possible. I don't think it's right.' How do we know that he hasn't said that?"
COUNTERPOINT: Because Tom Brady hasn't said, "I don't agree with Donald Trump's plan to deport 11.3 million illegal immigrants," though he has said, "he'd make a great President," which implies Brady supports Trumps position.
Stephen A. Smith on Tom Brady's support of Donald Trump's terrorism solution: "Whatever trump's position is on Muslims, how do we know that Tom Brady hasn't spoken to him about that?"
COUNTERPOINT: Because Tom Brady hasn't said, "I don't agree with Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States," though he has said, "He'd make a great President," which implies that Brady supports Trumps position.
Stephen A. Smith on Tom Brady's obligation to comment on Trump's Presidential run:"More importantly, why does Tom Brady have to tell us what conversations he's had with Trump, if any at all, as it pertains to those particular issues?"
COUNTERPOINT: Because he answered a question about Trump's Presidential run by saying "He'd make a great President," and Trump has routinely touted Brady's support as a means of drumming up more support, so he's basically become a free political ad.
Skip Bayless on politics: "I just don't give it a lot of thought. I'm really into sports."
COUNTERPOINT: Thank you.
For context, Brady has never said he agrees with Trump's politics, but the assumption is that when you're 38 years old, you should know enough to be able to at least say, "I don't think rounding up 11 million people and sending back to Mexico sounds reasonable." If you don't, you come off looking like the feckless weakling Chris Christie considers President Obama. You look like you don't care because, well, you actually don't care. You look like you don't want to risk ruining your relationship with the guy who helicopters you out to his private golf course on Skull Island. Brady doesn't have to answer questions about Trump's policies, obviously, and his effusiveness should not be confused with support for them. However...
Refusing to show the slightest objection to his friend's political stances does answer a different question about Tom Brady's character. His responses have given us all we need to know about what kind of mega-rich simpleton Tom Brady actually is. He's the kind of person who has time to judge beauty contests with Donald Trump, but doesn't have the time to read a newspaper article about how Trump's plan to ban Muslims actually creates more radicals.
Smith's full rant, below...
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