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USA Today: Tom Brady Shouldn’t Be Given a Pass for Supporting Trump

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I’ve been at a bit of a crossroads since Super Bowl LV. I hope I haven’t been a hypocrite, but I’m afraid I have been. But since my lapse doesn’t hurt anyone other than myself and compromises only a sliver of my integrity, I can probably live with it.

I’m a New England native (a Masshole to be precise). The (Boston) Patriots and I were both born in Massachusetts in 1960. When I was a kid, I went to summer camp and got to go to a Patriot’s training camp. Even got a black & white Pats t-shirt with the old logo (wish I still had it).

But professional football isn’t today what it was then. Now we’ve had NFL players, sparked by the cop-hater Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the national anthem, largely to protest a myth about America’s cops. The Patriots were not one of the bigger offenders in this behavior, but it broke my heart when I saw a few Patriots (ironic) kneeling for the Star-Spangled Banner.

I don’t want any politics in my sports. I remember once discussing this issue with a left-leaner. She said, what about the military flyovers and the national anthem? I said, “Those are not political.” Thus, she encapsulated the current division in America: our flag, national anthem, military, and police are not inherently political unless you make them political.

My act of hypocrisy came when I broke my NFL boycott and watched Super Bowl LV. It was the only NFL game I watched this year, and it was because of Tom Brady. I’m not sure I would have watched even if New England had made it without Brady. But I just had to watch Tommy get his seventh ring. I’d been with him for so long, and he’d done so much for us previously long-suffering Patriots fans.

I didn’t know for sure Brady would win because Patrick Mahomes et al. are so extraordinarily talented (not to mention were the defending SB champs). But I could have my proverbial cake and eat it too. If the Chiefs won, so what? Good for them. But if the Bucs won, that meant I could enjoy watching Tom Brady, who’d led the Pats to nine Super Bowls and won six, earn his seventh ring from his 10th Super Bowl—and fifth SB MVP.

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So, what did his amazing achievement get him? Yes, some well-deserved GOAT accolades from his fans and true sports fans who appreciate just how amazing the 43-year-old legend’s accomplishments have been. But he was also on the receiving end of stuff he did not deserve, like being falsely accused of racism. Brady and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu had been chipping at each other during the game. Nothing wrong with that. Happens all the time.

What doesn’t happen all the time is one player accusing another of making a racist slur. This is especially destructive in our current leftist-spawned racially charged environment. Mathieu, on Twitter, falsely accused Brady of uttering a racist slur at him during their heated exchange. But Mathieu apparently fibbed to make Brady look bad.

We know because Brady was mic’d up for the game—he was wearing a microphone! After learning this, Mathieu immediately deleted his Twitter comments. Maybe we can write this off to the heat of the moment, but this accusation was especially mean-spirited, right? Why’d Mathieu have to go there? Still, with so many people teaching minorities they are oppressed victims of white racists, why shouldn’t Mathieu reduce TB12 to just another white male, white privileged racist? The Left wants us to believe all white guys are racist, right? Especially cops (and, it seems, future hall of fame QBs, too).

And, more silly than egregious, the Left also hammered the champion for not wearing a facecloth (mask), for daring to win the Super Bowl while white during Black History Month (yes, this happened), and for supporting President Trump who is a friend and golfing buddy. And then there’s this audacious attack on Brady.

Nancy Armour, at USA Today, lambasted the Buc’s quarterback who’s “gotten an undeserved pass for his past support of Donald Trump.” Think about the audacity of that headline. Who is she, or anyone else, to proclaim a person who thinks differently politically than she does, should or should not get a “pass” for supporting his or her chosen political leaders?

Am I saying she doesn’t have the right to say it? No. I’m a conservative-libertarian-republican (currently in that order). She’s free to say and write whatever she wishes. However, free speech doesn’t mean free from pushback.

After all the efforts from the Left to cancel people on the right, ruin their careers, take roofs from over peoples’ heads, and food off their tables, does she expect Brady to hand leftist media the rope with which to hang him? She appears frustrated that he’s dodged leftist efforts to damage or destroy him. Over two decades, I’ve never thought of Brady as particularly political. If I were to guess, I’d say he could be described simply as a traditional American.

And, as a traditional American, he is also a good and loyal friend. He and President Trump were friends long before Donald Trump ran for office and won. President Trump is well-known for appreciating people who are the best at what they do. Tom Brady is the best at what he does. He is also, as previously mentioned, a good and loyal friend. Yes, even if it means being friends with a Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, Castro, Genghis Khan, Dr. Evil, and Snidely Whiplash all rolled into a large racist, misogynist dictator spinach wrap, otherwise known as—President Donald Trump.

Who is she and other leftists to give a pass to anyone for supporting any politician they choose? Do they think that we on the Right are enamored with President Obama or Biden and the wrongdoing they are accused of doing? If nothing else betrays the Left’s rebuke of traditional American values, their ascribing to themselves the authority “to give a pass,” or not, to political adversaries does.

 

meet the author

Steve Pomper is a retired Seattle police officer. He's served as a field training officer and on the East Precinct Community Police Team. He's the author of four books, including "De-Policing America: A Street Cop's View of the Anti-Police State." He's also a contributor to the National Police Association.

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