If there is any man in New England who is akin to a god there, New England Patriots quarterback may just be that man. With that power, or perceived power, comes some great responsibility — even, potentially, outside of the realm of professional football.
So, it comes as no surprise that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bragged about getting Brady’s vote Monday before Election Day as he tries to rally voters in New Hampshire and Maine — two states and areas that seem within his grasp. The only problem: Brady said that same day he missed the early voting deadline and hasn’t voted yet.
But there is a problem in this whole story: Massachusetts reporters said Tuesday records show the quarterback has indeed voted.
So what’s the deal?
Well, let’s start with some background. It’s pretty hard to obscure the fact that you’ve voted or not in the American electoral process because the name of everyone who casts a ballot is public record. But, it’s equally difficult to figure out who a voter cast their ballot for when they have, since Americans have a system of secret ballots.
With that in mind, here’s what we know: Tom Brady did indeed fill out and turn in an absentee ballot, an official from the Brookline Town clerk’s office (the entity that oversees voting where Brady lives with his wife Gisele Bundchen live) told the Boston Herald Tuesday. That ballot may have been turned in after the athlete said he hadn’t voted, according to local radio hosts. And, we really won’t know who he voted for until he tells the public himself.
Brady and Trump are, according to the quarterback himself, friends. Brady hinted last year that he might support the Republican candidate but he wasn’t exactly explicit with his endorsement. “I support all my friends. That is what I have to say,” Brady said after sparking speculation about his affiliation by disclosing he owned a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Brady’s wife, however, has been a little more explicit about her choice. When asked over the weekend by an Instagram post if she and her husband were voting Trump, she responded with a categorical, “NO!”