By now, you've likely heard of #Deflategate and the subsequent suspension of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. While Brady may not have gained the support of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, he's got at least one powerful figure on his side: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R). Today, at an Ice Bucket Challenge event at the Massachusetts State House to raise money and awareness for ALS, the governor sported a "Free Brady" shirt.
The event featured Pete Frates, a Massachusetts native and former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 at the age of 27. Last year, he started the viral "Ice Bucket Challenge" that quickly spread worldwide and resulted in thousands of dollars in donations to various ALS charities.
300 people joined Pete Frates & his family on the steps of the State House to support them in their fight agst ALS. pic.twitter.com/EotyzxobVD— Charlie Baker (@CharlieBakerMA) August 10, 2015
This isn't Baker's first forray into doing something uncomfortable or unusual for charity. This past April, the governor shaved his head in a fundraiser for cancer research.