New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got himself in hot water after he talked about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump possibly winning the White House, but the star athlete isn’t backing down. Brady continued to support Trump, even though the New York mogul continues to be controversial.

During his weekly stint on WEEI -FM Tuesday, the quarterback was asked about Trump. Though he wasn't happy about the question, he extended his support. "Can I just stay out of this debate? Donald, he's a good friend of mine,” he said. “I've known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That's what I have to say. He's a good friend of mine."

Brady, 38, added: “I support all my friends in everything they do. 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 a pretty different career path.”

Even though the football player did not say he would vote for Trump, his public support has apparently been enough to help the Republican presidential candidate-- and Trump has embraced it. “In Massachusetts, I’m at 48 percent. You know why? Tom Brady  said Trump is the greatest,” the real estate tycoon told the Washington Post last week. “He says it to anyone who asks him. You know, it’s hard for a guy like him to say that. When you’re a football player, you don’t want to be taking sides in campaigns and having the Hillary [Clinton] people now say you’re not as good as Bart Starr. You understand. So Tom Brady is great.”

The first time Brady caused a stir was when he was asked if the former “Apprentice” star could win the 2016 election.  “I hope so. That would be great. There’d be a putting green on the White House lawn. I know that,” the star said earlier in the NFL season. After a backlash, the player later clarified he does not endorse Trump.

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