Tom Brady explains why he bolted press conference after a Donald Trump question

Tom Brady isn't exactly known for his speed on the field, but off the field, he has some serious wheels, and he showed them off last week when he bolted his Wednesday press conference after a media member asked a question about Donald Trump.

The question from the reporter revolved around Trump's leaked audio recording from 2005.

"How would you respond if your kids heard Donald Trump's version of locker room talk?" the reporter asked.

Brady's response? He said thanks to everyone and left the podium.

Although the quarterback won't generally answer political questions during his weekly press conference with the media, he does tend to answer them when he does his weekly radio interview with WEEI in Boston.

During this week's interview, Brady explained why he walked out of his press conference, and it's because the Patriot Way is to not make off-the-field headlines.

"It's just the way it is right now. Obviously there's a lot of headlines to make, and I've tried not to make a lot of headlines. I've been in an organization where we're taught to say very little, we have respect for our opponents and we don't do the trash-talking," Brady said, via WEEI.com. "The thing I've always thought is I don't want to be a distraction for the team. That's what my goal is. Not that there are things I've said and done that haven't been, but you try not to be. It's just hard enough to win and prepare without the distractions so when you start having the distractions it's even harder to prepare."

Brady didn't exactly offer his thoughts on Trump's "locker room" comments, but he did explain how long the two have been friends.

"I met him probably 15, 16 years ago," Brady said. "We've played golf together many, many times and I've always had a good time with him. He's been a friend of mine. He's supported our team. He's supported the Patriots. He's been on the Patriots sideline a lot. He's always called me after games to encourage me over the course of 15 years. That's kind of the way it is."

The two met in 2002 when Brady judged a Miss USA pageant, which was being run by Trump's organization at the time. Here's a picture of Brady from the event, which was televised by CBS on March 2, 2002, less than one month after Brady won his first Super Bowl title.

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Tom Brady met Donald Trump in 2002. CBS

Although Brady admitted that he's friends with Trump, he didn't offer an endorsement of any kind on Monday. Brady wouldn't even reveal who he's voting for.

"Yeah, I'll vote," Brady said. "Maybe we'll talk about [my vote] after Super Tuesday or whatever it is."

It looks like we'll find out who Brady voted for after "Super Tuesday," which I think is Brady's nickname for Election Day.

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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