FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick finally addressed the note he wrote to president-elect Donald Trump at a press conference on Wednesday. He told the crowd that the note was not “politically motivated” but rather a sign of their long-standing friendship.
“I’ve received a number of inquiries relative to a note I wrote to Donald on Monday,” Belichick told reporters. “Our friendship goes back many years. I think anybody that spends more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person. My comments are not politically motivated.”
Reinforcing his point, Belichick went on to say that, several weeks ago, another friend of his, Secretary of State John Kerry, visited the team in their locker room.
“I can’t imagine two people with more different political views than those two,” Belichick said. “But to me, friendship and loyalty is just about that, it’s not about political or religious views. I write hundreds of letters and notes every month. Doesn’t mean that I agree with every single thing that every single person thinks about politics or religion or other subjects.”
The coach wouldn’t answer any further questions on the matter and restated his focus on the team’s next matchup, with the Seattle Seahawks.
Belichick and his star quarterback, Tom Brady, were name-checked by Trump in a speech Monday at a Manchester, N.H. campaign rally. As the candidate mentioned the letter, he said Brady also gave him a phone call to express support. Fans asked Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, in comments on her Instagram account, if they both supported Trump, and she replied with an emphatic “No!”
Thousands of angry comments followed on Bundchen’s photos — related to the political matter, not the photos.
Later in the day Wednesday, Brady told reporters his wife told him not to talk about politics any more.