The GOP presidential front-runner came to the defense of the embattled New England Patriots quarterback Friday night during a news conference in Boston, calling Brady “a very good friend of mine.”
 
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“Tom Brady is an honest guy, he’s a great guy, he’s a great champion and winner,” Trump said. 
 
He also called Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick “real winners.”
 
Brady is currently fighting a four-game suspension after the NFL determined that he was involved in tampering with the air pressure of game-used footballs. 
 
He is hoping a judge will overturn at least part of the suspension, which starts in just weeks when the new NFL season begins.
 
Trump had previously used Brady’s “Deflate-gate” scandal to needle Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, writing: “If Hillary doesn't have to produce Emails, why should Tom? Very unfair!”
 
Political figures of all stripes have weighed in on Brady’s suspension. 
 
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also a GOP presidential candidate, called the controversy “overblown.” And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted that as a Miami Dolphins fan, he hopes Brady retires soon.
 
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also slammed the NFL for suspending Brady, saying they should instead focus on changing the “racist” Washington Redskins team name.
 
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) tweeted his support for the #FreeBrady movement in May.