Tom Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion and longtime friend of ドナルド・トランプ, gently ribbed the former president and his false claims of election fraud in a White House visit Tuesday.
The 43-year-old quarterback joined the rest of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory with US president Joe Biden.
Wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, Brady stood nearby as Biden hailed the team that beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV オン 7 2月, his first with Tampa Bay after winning six for the New England Patriots.
Brady took to the lectern and joked about Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud, which have convinced many Republicans that Biden did not win the election, and his description of Biden as ‘Sleepy Joe’, without mentioning Trump by name.
Brady said his team’s performance took off after starting last year’s NFL season with a tepid 7-5 record.
“We found our rhythm, we got on a roll,” Brady said. “Not a lot of people, ええと, think that we could have won. 約 40% of the people still don’t think we won.”
“You understand that, Mr President?” Brady asked Biden.
“I understand that,” said Biden to laughter.
“And personally, it’s nice for me to be back here. We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what down it was. I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing. And they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom’. Why would they do that to me?” the smiling Brady said to laughter.
The team gave Biden a Tampa Bay jersey emblazoned with the number 46, because Biden is the 46th president.
Brady has had an up-and-down friendship with Trump, reportedly supporting him for election in 2016 but disagreeing with his 2017 criticism of NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, among other issues.
The Bucs’ visit was the first time the reigning Super Bowl champs had been at the White House since 2017, as Biden pushes to unite America after a divisive election.
Edward Glazer, a co-chairman of the Buccaneers and a major fund-raiser for Trump, also attended the event.
It was Brady’s first visit since 2005 with the Patriots when George W Bush was in office. Brady has won the Super Bowl during four different administrations but skipped visits by the Patriots in 2015 with Barack Obama and 2017 with Donald Trump.
The Patriots as a team chose not to attend after winning in 2019, while the Philadelphia Eagles became the first NFL champion in decades to break with the long-standing tradition one year prior.
Tampa Bay players Donovan Smith and Bradley Pinion from the team’s social justice committee met with vice-president Kamala Harris on Tuesday morning to talk about voting rights.