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Patriots QB Tom Brady will not join Donald Trump on stage at Republican National Convention

The Patriots quarterback will not join the proclaimed “winner’s night” in Cleveland.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not be attending the Republican National Convention in March, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brady, who traditionally stays away from political conversation, drew attention to himself over the past year due to his 15-year relationship with the presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Earlier in June, Trump announced to a crowd of his supporters that he would bring “sports celebrities and champions” to the Convention and listed Brady as an option, alongside Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, UFC president Dana White, NASCAR CEO Brian France, and former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight. Boxer Mike Tyson and former football star Mike Ditka were also considered, per Bloomberg Politics.

"Can I just stay out of this debate?" Brady said about his relationship with Trump on WEEI in December. "Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He's a good friend of mine. He's always been so supportive of me. For the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that I thought was really cool that came along with winning the Super Bowl."

"He's always invited me to play golf and I've always enjoyed his company. I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it's pretty remarkable what he's achieved in his life. You're going from business, kind of an incredible businessman and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It's three different career paths. I think that is pretty remarkable."

Brady joins Roethlisberger, France, Knight, Tyson, and Ditka in declining the potential invitation, per Deadspin and Bloomberg. White is the only person known to be on the list to not openly reject the invitation.

Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann points out a DeflateGate reason for Brady to decline since “having an ongoing federal appeal” is a great reason to stay out of the political spotlight.