FOXBORO, Mass. — Yes, Bill Belichick wrote a letter to Donald Trump prior to the president-elect’s Monday rally in New Hampshire. But no, that does not mean Belichick necessarily agrees with Trump politically.
Belichick at his Wednesday news conference opened up about his letter to Trump.
“I have received a number of inquiries relative to a note I wrote to Donald on Monday,” Belichick said. “Our friendship goes back many years, and I think anybody who’s spent more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person. My comments are not politically motivated — friendship and loyalty to Donald. A couple weeks ago we had Secretary of State (John) Kerry in our locker room. That’s another friend of mine. I can’t imagine two people with more different political views than those two. But to me, friendship and loyalty isn’t about that, it isn’t about political or religious views.
“I write hundreds of letters and notes every month, doesn’t mean I agree with every single thing a person thinks about, politics, religion or other subjects. But I have multiple friendships that are important to me. That’s what that was about. It’s not about politics, it’s about football. We have a huge game this week against a great football team, great organization. And that’s where it all is going forward, on Seattle.”
Belichick then was asked two questions about the letter and repeated “Seattle” five times.
After nearly 12 minutes of football-related questions, his news conference concluded with a reporter asking Belichick if he could relay any stories about Trump.
“I could do a lot of that, but really we’re just trying to focus on Seattle here,” Belichick said. “It’s a huge game for us this week. It’s a great challenge. That’s where all our energy’s going.”
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