During his Wednesday press conference, reporters asked New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick repeatedly about Donald Trump, who won the presidential election on November 8, and the letter Trump read during a campaign stop on November 7. Rather than answer the question, he repeatedly replied, “Seattle,” in reference to the Patriots’ next opponent, the Seattle Seahawks.
Belichick said that the letter was a friendly gesture and not meant to be a political statement on his part.
“I’ve received a number of inquiries relative to a note that I wrote to Donald on Monday,” Belichick said, reports the Boston Globe. “Our friendship goes back many years, and I think anybody that’s spent more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person. My comments are not politically motivated. I have a friendship and loyalty to Donald.”
Trump read the letter during a rally in New Hampshire on November 7. In it, Belichick told Trump that his “leadership is amazing” and that he has “always had tremendous respect for you.”
Belichick attempted to prove that he has friends on both sides of the aisle by telling reporters that he is friends with Secretary of State John Kerry. “I write hundreds of letters and notes every month. It doesn’t mean I agree with every single thing that every person thinks about politics, religion, or other subjects, but I have multiple friendships that are important to me and that’s what that was about,” Belichick said.
And that was the last word on politics during the news conference, which ended quickly.
Trump also claimed on Monday that quarterback Tom Brady voted for him. Brady and Trump are longtime friends as well. During his press conference, Brady explained why he didn’t want to talk about politics or confirm if he really voted for the Republican.
Brady also suggested that his wife, Gisele Bundchen, told him not to talk about politics.