President-elect Donald Trump said New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was "totally innocent" in the Deflategate scandal in an interview that aired Friday night on Fox News.
In the interview - taped last month - Trump says the NFL made a mistake when it suspended Brady for the first four games of this season.
"He's a friend of mine, he's a great guy, and he's a great athlete obviously, but he's a winner," Trump said. "He played better when he had the other ball. I think Tom is totally innocent. I know him, he's such an honorable guy, and I'm with him all the way."
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Brady hasn't said whether he voted for Trump, but he has made it clear that the two are close friends. Patriots coach Bill Belichick wrote a letter to Trump prior to the Nov. 8 election to show his support, but it still isn't clear if he voted for Trump either.