Tom Brady walks out of press conference when asked about 'good friend' Donald Trump's locker room talk

The New England Patriots quarterback has previously dodged questions around Mr Trump's controversies

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While a number of high-profile athletes have been quick to condemn Donald Trump’s defence of lewd and derogatory comments about women as “locker room talk”, one athlete would prefer to stay quiet on the matter.

A leaked 2005 recording of Mr Trump using lewd and vulgar language, including boasting that he can use his fame to “grab them [women] by the p****y”, has sparked a furore over the last week, threatening his campaign. The 70-year-old has since apologised for the remark but initially also dismissed them as “locker room talk” – a phrase which has since been debated back and forth.

On Wednesday, Tom Brady was at a press conference at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts when he was asked: “Tom, you have kids of your own, how would you respond if your kids heard Donald Trump’s version of locker room talk?”

The New England Patriots quarterback smiled before cutting the press conference short. “Thank you, guys. Have a good day,” he said before getting up and exiting the room.

Brady and Mr Trump’s friendship goes back 15 years since the 39-year-old judged a beauty pageant for him. The two became golfing buddies and the all-star footballer appeared to back him for president last year but then U-turned and denied endorsing him.

 

Brady has dodged questions about Trump’s controversies before. Days after the Republican candidate announced he wanted to temporarily halt all Muslim immigration to the US, Brady was asked about the backlash which followed the comments.

“Can I just say out of this debate?” he told NBC. “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. He’s a good friend of mine. He’s always been so supportive of me […] I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s achieved in his life. You’re going from business, kind of an incredible businessman and then a TV star and then getting into politics. It’s three different career paths. It think that is pretty remarkable.”

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