American footballer Tom Brady ribs Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud during White House visit

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Brady with President Biden (Reuters)
Brady with President Biden (Reuters)

American footballer Tom Brady gently ribbed former president Donald Trump and his false claims of election fraud in a White House visit on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old quarterback, a long-time friend of Trump, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went to the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory with President Joe Biden.

Wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, Brady stood nearby as Biden hailed the team that beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the February 7 Super Bowl, 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, you know, think that we could have won. About 40% of the people still don’t think we won.”

Tom Brady at the White House (USA TODAY Sports)
Tom Brady at the White House (USA TODAY Sports)

“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.

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