The 39-year-old New England Patriots quarterback scurried out of a press conference last week after a reporter asked him about the leaked 2005 recording of Donald Trump making disparaging comments about women.
On Tuesday, Brady finally addressed why he decided to avoid the question and walk off stage.
"I've been in an organization where we’re taught to say very little," Brady explained during an interview with Boston's sports radio station WEEI. "We have respect for our opponents and we don’t do the trash-talking. The thing I've always thought is, 'I don’t want to be a distraction for the team.' That's what my goal is. Not that there are things I've said and done that haven’t been, but you try not to be."
"It's just hard enough to win and prepare without the distractions,” he continued. “So when you start having the distractions, it’s even harder to prepare. You just try to do the best you can do."
However, Brady is no stranger to the Republican presidential nominee. The two met in 2002 and have remained friendly.
"I met him probably 15, 16 years ago," Brady explained. "We've played golf together many, many times and I’ve always had a good time with him. He's been a friend of mine. He's supported our team and been on the Patriots sideline a lot. He always called me after games to encourage me, over the course of 15 years."