Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence appears to be making a friend in a very high place—the President of the United States. Yes, sports fans, Clemson’s golden boy and future No.1 NFL draft pick is getting chummy with Donald Trump.
Trump recently retweeted Lawrence’s tweet calling for the college football season to play as scheduled. That in itself is not evidence of anything developing between the two.
But then over the weekend, Trump claimed Lawrence called him to talk about the college football season:
During an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday morning, Trump said that Lawrence called him “out of the blue.” If it were that easy to get ahold of the President of the United States, no President would ever get any work done.
So, either Trump is speaking out of turn, or Lawrence has the kind of access only a friend could have. If so, that could be disastrous for his future earning potential.
Usually, being able to call the President of the United States a friend is a great thing. But not if that President is Donald Trump. As far as his supporters are concerned, he can do no wrong, and we should all worship the ground he walks on.
For much of the country, though, the opposite is true. People on the left hate him so much that they often transfer that hate onto anyone who supports him or calls him ‘friend.’
That was certainly the case for Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre recently.
Favre took so much heat after playing golf with Trump in July he had to explain why he did during an interview with the USAToday :
I would have played golf with any president because I respect the office of the United States. It’s an honor. If Barack Obama asked to golf with me, I would have taken the invitation.
Former NFL kicker Jay Feely was also a part of the golf party with Trump and took some heat on Twitter. Feely, however, is a Trump supporter and was proud to have talked politics with Trump, among other things.
Usually, the old saying is true—it’s not what you know, but who you know. What you know helps you do your job. But who you know often helps you get it.
The same will be true for Lawrence when he enters the NFL. Not when it comes to his draft status, but when it comes to endorsements.
Lawrence’s agent will likely mine his (or her) existing contacts to find endorsement deals for the NFL’s next great quarterback. But if the company may hesitate to sign Lawrence for fear his relationship with Trump could damage the company’s image.
Being associated with Trevor Lawrence, a star football player, is one thing. But being tied to Trevor Lawrence, a friend of Donald Trump, is another.
It might not matter, but there is an excellent chance that it could (especially if Trump gets reelected).
So, if Lawrence wants to see those endorsements rolling in as a rookie, he needs to distance himself from the President.
Friends are great, but only if they’re the right kind.