So here I am, enjoying a normal Thursday at work, enjoying a nice Subway sandwich on my lunch break, when I saw it. It was an article so asinine, so deep in cuckoo city that I thought it was a joke. Turns out it wasn’t a joke. Charlotte Wilder of SB Nation thinks that the New England Patriots have a “Donald Trump problem” uhhh, no. They don’t.
In this hack job of an article, she claims that “countless” Patriot fans have written her to tell her about how the fact that TB12 and Billy Football seemingly supported Donald Trump swayed their allegiance to the Pats. These intensely committed football fans (please notice the excess sarcasm” won’t watch Tom Brady throw footballs anymore because he had a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker. They also won’t watch Bill Belichick be smarter than everybody else every Sunday because he wrote Trump a letter congratulating him on a good campaign.
I have one question for all of these people, including the hackiest of all hack jobs, Charlotte Wilder: Do you think Brady and Belichick give a damn? I can almost guarantee you that they don’t. I would also like to point out that it isn’t their job to care what anyone thinks. It’s their job to win football games. That’s it. It isn’t to make Susie from Harvard or Jim from Braintree like them, and it certainly isn’t to make people like Charlotte Wilder approve of their political thoughts.
Now, I know what some of you are going to say. You’ll say erroneous things like “If it wasn’t for us fans Brady wouldn’t have a job!” or “They should stick to football and not talk about politics” Riiiiiiiiiiight. Newsflash: Tom Brady is the best QB to ever play. If you don’t want to buy tickets or jerseys, then don’t. No one cares. For every 1 person that gives a flying you know what about TB12 having a Trump hat in his locker, there are are thousands upon thousands more who just want him to keep throwing Touchdowns.
Charlotte Wilder doesn’t make this claim in her piece, but as I mentioned in the above paragraph, I have seen a lot of people saying that Tom and Bill should “stick to football” and not share their political opinions. Why? The answer is simple: Because they didn’t support Hillary Clinton. People were fine when LeBron came out in support of her. People have cheered Meryl Streep for her speech a the Golden Globes. But those things are good because they support Hillary. Am I the only one that sees the hypocrisy?
One thing I want to make perfectly clear: I don’t blame you if you don’t like Donald Trump. I get that. He wasn’t my first choice either. But here’s the thing: You can’t pick and choose when it’s ok for athletes or celebrities to voice political opinions. It’s either never ok, or it’s always ok. That’s it. Also, it’s a dangerous thing when we start looking to athletes and celebrities as something they aren’t. They are people. They have opinions and thoughts and ideas that some people won’t agree with. That doesn’t take away from what they do on the field.
My point is, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have never done anything (off the field) that brought negative attention to the orginization. They, by all accounts are upstanding members of the outside society and great family men. They shouldn’t have to answer for anything other than winning football games. It doesn’t matter who they voted for. They could’ve voted for Vermin Supreme for all I care, they are entitled to their opinions.