The Headline of the Summer: Does Tom Brady Support Donald Trump?

Donald Trump expressed his support for Tom Brady after the Deflategate ruling. But will the quarterback reciprocate with his vote? Photo illustration by Newsweek; Lucas Jackson/Reuters; Brendan McDermid/Reuters

When Tom Brady's suspension was repealed by a U.S. district attorney on September 3, it seemed to cap months of feeding-frenzy-like "Deflategate" coverage. Upon his acquittal, Brady received a show of support from another star of the media's summer feedback loop:

Congratulations to Tom Brady on yet another great victory- Tom is my friend and a total winner!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2015

There are obvious reasons that Trump would be a fan of Brady's. Both men are known "winners." Both are spectacularly wealthy and enjoy golfing. Both pride themselves on their good looks. During their respective scandalous summers—Brady fought accusations that he cheated by deflating footballs, while Trump fought the backlash of several political gaffes—both men demonstrated their ability to survive the assaults of their critics by staying on message. Their popularity with supporters seems immune to both negative coverage and attempts to smear them with humor.

But the relationship goes deeper than these similarities. Not long after the Donald posted his tweet, a reporter for the Boston-based website Barstool Sports posted an earthshaking photograph of Brady's locker:

It turns out that Brady is very close to Trump. The four-time Super Bowl champion told Boston's WEEI radio station on Tuesday that the pictured "Make America Great Again" cap was given to him by Trump through Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. Brady said that he has been close to the real estate mogul since being selected as a judge for the Trump-owned Miss USA beauty pageant in 2002.

"He always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches and at different times," Brady said, according to WEEI's website.

But will Brady vote for Trump? Endorse him in the primaries? Donate money to his campaign?

"Am I going to vote for him? That's a very good question. Honestly, he's a good friend, and we've had a lot of time on the golf course together over the years."

Brady went on to say that he has spent less time with the mogul since starting a family. But a few rounds of golf aren't what's at stake here. We can now prepare for more Brady and Trump news.

Does Brady usually vote Republican? Was Trump complicit in the deflating of footballs for the AFC championship game? How does Brady feel about the 14th Amendment? Get ready for these hybrid headlines in the coming months.

But don't expect a straight answer about Brady's ballot anytime soon. "He's obviously appealing to a lot of different people," the quarterback told WEEI.

"He's a helluva lot of fun to play golf with," he added.