U.S. President Joe Biden reacts subsequent to Buccaneers proprietor Bryan Glazer and quarterback Tom Brady because the president welcomes members of the NFL Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a reception on the South Garden of the White Home in Washington, U.S. July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
July 20, 2021
By Nandita Bose and Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tom Brady, a U.S. soccer legend and longtime buddy of Donald Trump, gently ribbed the previous president and his false claims of election fraud in a White Home go to Tuesday.
The 43-year-old quarterback joined the remainder of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the White Home on Tuesday to rejoice their Tremendous Bowl victory with President Joe Biden.
Carrying a darkish swimsuit and sun shades, Brady stood close by as Biden hailed the staff that beat the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs within the Feb. 7 Tremendous Bowl, his first with Tampa Bay after successful six for the New England Patriots.
Brady took to the lectern and joked about Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud, which have satisfied many Republicans that Biden didn’t win the election, and his description of Biden as “Sleepy Joe,” with out mentioning Trump by title.
Brady stated his staff’s efficiency took off after beginning final 12 months’s NFL season with a tepid 7-5 document.
“We discovered our rhythm, we bought on a roll,” Brady stated. “Not lots of people, you understand, assume that we may have gained. About 40% of the folks nonetheless don’t assume we gained.”
“You perceive that, Mr. President?” Brady requested Biden.
“I perceive that,” stated Biden to laughter.
“And personally, it’s good for me to be again right here. We had a sport in Chicago the place I forgot what down it was. I misplaced observe of 1 down in 21 years of enjoying. And so they began calling me ‘Sleepy Tom.’ Why would they try this to me?” the smiling Brady stated to laughter.
The staff gave Biden a Tampa Bay jersey emblazoned with the quantity 46, as a result of Biden is the forty sixth president.
Brady has had an up-and-down friendship with Trump, reportedly supporting him for election in 2016 however disagreeing along with his 2017 criticism https://reut.rs/3rvhSFu of NFL gamers for kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem, amongst different points.
The Bucs’ go to was the primary time the reigning Tremendous Bowl champs had been on the White Home since 2017, as Biden pushes to unite America after a divisive election.
Edward Glazer, a co-chairman of the Buccaneers and a significant fund-raiser for Trump, additionally attended the occasion.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason, Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Writing by Steve Holland; Modifying by Heather Timmons and Lisa Shumaker)