Bill Belichick explains writing letter to Donald Trump
Bill Belichick confirmed on Wednesday that he did, in fact, write a personal letter to Donald Trump, but the New England Patriots coach was not open to answering questions about it.
At the start of his scheduled press conference, Belichick explained his history with the new president-elect.
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) November 9, 2016
“Our friendship goes back many years. Anybody that’s spent more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person,” Belichick said. “My comments are not politically motivated. I have a friendship and loyalty to Donald.”
Belichick added that he is also close friends with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a Democrat with far different views from those of Trump.
“To me friendship and loyalty is just about that, it’s not about political or religious views,” Belichick said. “I write hundreds of letters and notes every month. That doesn’t mean I agree with every single thing that every person thinks about politics, religion or other subjects. I have multiple friendships that are important to me, and that’s what that was about.”
From there, Belichick had no intention of elaborating on his relationship with Trump. He was so committed to moving onto Seattle that he dropped the “we’re onto” from his typical “we’re onto (the next opponent)” routine.
Video: Belichick is asked a follow-up question about his letter to Trump, says “Seattle” over and over pic.twitter.com/wRZvgX1IVJ
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Nobody hates distractions more than Belichick, which is why you have a better chance of seeing a pig fly than getting him to answer another question about the election. If you want reactions from athletes, we have those for you here. Belichick is done talking about it.