On Monday night, Donald Trump told supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called him earlier in the day to say he voted for him, and then he read a letter of support he received from coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick confirmed the letter to reporters on Wednesday -- though he wasn't going to dwell on it:
Video: Belichick is asked a follow-up question about his letter to Trump, says "Seattle" over and over pic.twitter.com/wRZvgX1IVJ— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 9, 2016
And a short time later, Brady was asked about his political affiliations.
"Why did you give Donald Trump permission to talk about your political preferences at his rally in New Hampshire Monday night?" Brady was asked, via PFT.com.
Brady's response: "Why did I give him permission? So you're assuming I gave people permission?"
Reporter: "Did you not give Donald Trump permission to talk about your political preferences?"
Brady: "I'm just going to talk about football this week."
Brady has said previously that he considers Trump a friend.
"I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it's pretty remarkable what he's achieved in his life," he said in December 2015. "You're going from business, kind of an incredible business man and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It's a pretty different career path. I think that is pretty remarkable."
On Wednesday, Brady was asked directly if he supports Trump.
"Yeah, I talked to my wife," the quarterback said. "She said I can't talk about politics anymore, so I think that's a good decision made for our family."
Gisele Bundchen said earlier this week that she and Brady were not supporting Trump.