A USA Today columnist has come under fire for claiming that Tom Brady’s ‘white privilege’ has protected him against criticism for his support of
On Tuesday, Nancy Armour took aim at the quarterback in her column, saying ‘Tom Brady was happy to talk politics until he wasn’t.’
She points out Brady’s previous support of Trump, which famously included a ‘Make America Great Hat’ appearing in his New England Patriots locker back in September 2015.
Brady also referred to Trump as a friend and said ‘it would be great’ if he were to win the 2016 election, which he did.
In recent years, however, Brady – a quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who is set to add to his football legacy when he plays in this Sunday’s Super Bowl – has all but stopped talking about Trump publicly as his presidency became mired in controversy.
Tom Brady (right) is being called out by USA Today columnist Nancy Armour
Armour believes Brady is getting a pass on his friendship with Donald Trump
Pictured: Nancy Armour, the USA Today columnist at the center of the firestorm
Armour cited his silence, and the lack of criticism aimed at Brady for his previous support, was an example of Brady’s privilege, writing ‘How mighty white of him.’
‘As this country grapples with the far reaches of systemic racism, look no further than Brady, for whom the expectations, and allowances granted, will always be different,’ Armour wrote.
Armour also agreed with a point made by Shannon Sharpe on his FS1 show ‘Undisputed,’ where he argued LeBron James, a Black athlete, would never be able to back away from support of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who is both anti-Semitic and homophobic.
‘It might seem petty to bring up Brady’s moral cowardice now, when the 43-year-old is accomplishing things unlikely to ever be seen again in the NFL,’ Armour concluded. ‘But celebrating what he’s done while turning a blind eye to what he has not is a privilege Brady does not deserve.
The reaction to Armour’s column was strong and swift, with many negative reactions flooding Twitter.
‘Sportswriting often provided no respite from Trump coverage while he was still in office,’ tweeted Fox News’ Brit Hume. ‘And it’s no respite even now that he’s gone. And why does a professional football player need to answer to the sports press for his political preferences?’
‘I hope he goes out and wins on Sunday and throws a big middle finger in the air at the podium after the game,’ tweeted one user.
‘Nancy Armour’s opinions are always ridiculous and completely out of touch with reality,’ tweeted another.
Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hat once famously appeared in Brady’s locker
Pictured: The New England Patriots visited the White House to celebrate a title in 2017
‘Pandering drivel is her jam,’ tweeted someone in response to Brit Hume.
‘Nancy Armour is the biggest hack in newspaper print ever. She is the ultimate White Knight,’ tweeted Craig Blair.
Brady isn’t the only figure associated with the New England Patriots who has backed off public adoration of Trump recently.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was recently invited to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the days after the insurrection at the Capitol, which was incited by Trump.
With backlash against Trump growing in the aftermath of the riot, however, Belichick chose to turn down the honor.