While at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, actor and “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe made it clear he won’t be rooting for the Patriots in Super Bowl 53.
Despite his previously highlighted admiration for New England quarterback Tom Brady, Radcliffe let it be known in an interview with Variety posted online Saturday that he’ll be supporting the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3.
His distaste with Brady and the Patriots had something to do with their connection to President Trump.
“Take that ‘MAGA’ hat out of your locker,” Radcliffe said. “I feel like that was the moment when, as a country, we were all like ‘Oh, come on dude!’ We all want — you’re awesome — to be behind you. Don’t put that in there.”
Radcliffe was referring to the “Make America Great Again” hat Brady displayed in his locker during the fall of 2015. Brady, who played golf with Trump before the latter was elected president and repeatedly referred to Trump as a friend, has since tried to distance himself from Trump — and politics in general — since he took office.
Radcliffe made his comments during a series of interviews promoting his new show “Miracle Workers.”
The quarterback skipped the team’s 2017 visit to the White House, apparently angering Trump, who called Patriots owner Robert Kraft to complain.
Kraft and Trump have also been friends for years and the team owner was reportedly the one who passed along the hat that Brady stashed in his locker.
Just last week, Trump tweeted congratulations to Brady, Kraft, and Bill Belichick, after the AFC Championship. He sent no such congratulatory tweet for the Rams.
Congratulations to Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots team on a great game and season. Will be a fantastic Super Bowl!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019