“Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe says he won’t be rooting for Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl next weekend because Brady was once pictured with a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker.
The sight of the hat, which appeared in Brady’s locker during a postgame interview in September 2015, still haunts Radcliffe, Fox News reports. Radcliffe admitted his aversion in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this weekend. He was there to promote his new TBS comedy, “Miracle Workers,” which follows Heaven’s office workers and aides to God, played by Steve Buscemi.
“The whole world is rooting against the Patriots … sorry,” Radcliffe said. “Take that MAGA hat out of your locker! I feel like that was the moment when as a country we were all like, ‘Come on, dude! You’re awesome…Don’t put that in here.”
Brady shouldn’t retire, Radcliffe added, but “he should stop winning things.”
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Brady and Patriots fans probably aren’t much concerned about “Harry Potter’s” opinion, sadly for Radcliffe.
Brady told reporters back in 2015 that the hat was a gift from Trump for judging one of Trump’s Atlantic City beauty pageants. At the time, Brady told media that Trump frequently called to give him “pep talks,” according to Boston.com.
[Trump] sent it to me via [Robert Kraft]. I’ve know him since 2002 when I judged one of his beauty pageants. Imagine that, I was a judge at a Miss USA pageant in 2002. So, I’ve know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times.
Brady has been coy about any further support for Trump, however, telling reporters during the same interview that actually voting for Trump was different from golfing with him or sharing a meal with him.
I don’t know. Am I going to vote for him? That’s a good question. He’s a good friend and we’ve had a lot of time on the golf course together over the years probably not as much recently but in my younger days when I would have more time that I could spend doing those type of things before there were kids, we spent a lot of times golfing together and so forth. It’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to accomplish as an entrepreneur, and then really as a television star, and now running for political office. People who can do those types of things and can transition into different arenas and still have that type of appeal and carryover, he’s obviously appealing to a lot of people and he’s a hell of a lot of fun to play golf with.
Otherwise Brady has been relatively coy on his own personal politics — a smart move for a football player who has enough haters already, without hordes of social media social justice warriors in the mix.
Unlike Radcliffe, Brady seems to believe you can separate the personal from the political, even when it comes to Donald Trump.
I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone, it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do. You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.
Brady will face off against the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on February 3.