NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 4:03 PM
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responds to a reporter’s question at the NFL team’s facility Wednesday in Foxborough, Mass.
Tom Brady — known for his composure with the game on the line — can’t handle the pressure when it comes to his friendship with the xenophobic Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
The New England Patriots quarterback cut short a press conference when a reporter asked him two questions Wednesday about the Daily News front page reading “Brady Has No Balls!”
“Tom, have you seen or heard about the cover of the Daily News and how do you feel about people criticizing your relationship with Donald Trump?” the reporter asked.
The four-time Super Bowl champ appeared deflated and dodged the question.
“I don’t think about it much. You know, it’s a tough week. I got a lot of football stuff to think about. Hopefully we can go out and beat the (Tennessee) Titans. That’d be the most important thing,” he said.
The reporter then asked a follow-up about whether the legendary quarterback regretted “opening the door” to criticism by speaking about his friendship with Trump.
“Like I said, I’m just here to play football,” Brady replied, laughing nervously and then stepping down from the podium.
A Patriots spokesman did not respond to an inquiry from The News regarding Brady’s opinion of Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
During an interview Monday on WEEI’s “The Dennis & Callahan Show,” Brady declined to condemn Trump’s demagoguery.
“Can I just stay out of this debate?” Brady said. “Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say.”
Brady has a hat bearing Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” in his locker at Gillette Stadium.