For a lot of people, the takeaway from The New York Times’s lengthy profile of President Donald Trump was the revelation that the leader of the free world watches as much as eight hours of television a day.

But there was something else that caught our eye.

Trump, the Times reports, “expresses disappointment” that Patriots QB Tom Brady, an occasional golfing buddy whom the president considered a friend, has distanced himself.

Huh. It does seem that Trump and the five-time Super Bowl champ aren’t nearly as chummy as they once were. For example, it’s been a long time since anyone’s spotted one of those red “Make America Great Again” hats in Brady’s locker, and Brady bailed on the team’s trip to the White House in April. (He said he skipped the visit to be with his ailing mother.)


Also, last fall, Brady spoke up after Trump said he’d force every “son of a bitch” who took a knee during the national anthem to get off the field.

“I certainly disagree with what [Trump] said,” Brady told WEEI. “I thought it was just divisive.”

It’s not clear why Brady’s taking a pass on his relationship with the president, but it’s possible that his wife prefers it that way. Gisele Bundchen is no fan of Trump, and has told her husband to put a lid on it when it comes to politics.

“I talked to my wife, she says I can’t talk about politics anymore,” the QB told WEEI. “I think that’s a good decision.”

Patriots fans aren’t likely to care about any of this as long as Brady plays well, or at least better than he did Monday in Miami, when he threw two interceptions and looked suddenly, and shockingly, old and immobile.