- Sam Bankman-Fried didn’t need Donald Trump to be president.
- Per Puck, the convicted crypto-bro wished Tom Brady to run towards Trump within the GOP major.
- SBF and Brady had been reportedly shut, however so had been Brady and Trump.
Sam Bankman-Fried dreamed of boosting Tom Brady as a possible 2024 GOP presidential candidate as an alternative of Donald Trump, per Puck.
This is not Bankman-Fried’s first reported plan as well Trump from the candidacy: His biographer Michael Lewis stated that the notorious crypto-bro as soon as requested Trump if he may pay the previous actuality star and present plaintiff in 4 legal circumstances to not run.
According to Puck, this beforehand unreported plan hatched someday earlier than the autumn of FTX concerned pitting Trump towards his buddy and “great guy” Tom Brady.
Bankman-Fried went so far as to assign his “team” to ballot Americans about their ideas on Brady as a presidential candidate, Puck reported, citing two unnamed sources. Two sources who spoke to Puck claimed that SBF additionally knowledgeable individuals in his circle of his thought involving the previous NFL quarterback.
“In these conversations, Sam didn’t get into specifics beyond saying that Brady was a great, handsome guy and he believed he could win,” Puck wrote.
Puck additionally reported that Bankman-Fried did “express this desire to Brady directly” in a personal dialog, citing “a person who was briefed directly by Sam.”
Representatives for Brady and Bankman-Fried didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark despatched by Business Insider outdoors common enterprise hours.
Brady and Bankman-Fried had been reportedly keen on one another, per Lewis, who stated that Brady “adored” Bankman-Fried. The pair additionally labored collectively, with Bankman-Fried paying Brady $55 million to advertise his now-defunct crypto change firm FTX.
Brady is known as in a class-action lawsuit for his promotion of the corporate. Lewis stated in a “60 Minutes” interview that Brady was “angry” with SBF following the FTX collapse and subsequent indictment of Bankman-Fried.
However, Brady and Trump even have a protracted historical past. The pair have been publicly linked since 2001, when the previous president approached Brady with the chance to evaluate a Miss USA competitors. Brady agreed to it, and in 2002, Trump personally flew him out to Idaho in his non-public jet.
Since then, the 2 have complimented one another over interviews. Brady has known as Trump his “good friend” whereas Trump had as soon as even supplied his daughter, Ivanka Trump, to this point the soccer participant.
Representatives for Trump and Ivanka Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Business Insider outdoors common enterprise hours.