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So I really don't like mixing sports and politics, but sadly Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are tied to the new president-elect Donald Trump.
Belichick wrote a letter of encouragement and support to Trump prior to him winning the election on Nov. 8. Trump read the letter at a rally in New Hampshire the day prior. The Patriots head coach sort of addressed the letter at his weekly press conference.
Per Yahoo! Sports:
“Our friendship goes back many years,” Belichick said. “I think anyone who has spent more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person. The comments are not politically motivated. It’s friendship and loyalty to Donald. A couple weeks ago we had Secretary of State [John] Kerry in our locker room. He’s another friend of mine. I can’t imagine two people with more different political views than those two.
“To me, friendship and loyalty is just about that, not about political or religious views. 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 friendships that are important to me and that’s what that was about.”
We have no idea if Belichick actually voted for Trump, but it's hard to assume anything different. After Belichick explained himself, he refused to answer questions about the letter. In typical Belichick fashion, his response to every question not related to football was "Seattle."
Meanwhile, one of Trump's other high-profile friends, Tom Brady, didn't vote for the boisterous and controversial president-elect, according to his wife Gisele Bundchen. Someone asked her on Instagram if Brady actually voted for Trump and she replied with an emphatic "NO!"
Just throwing this out there. (Top comments.) pic.twitter.com/a3svMKTLGx— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) November 8, 2016
Trump said that Brady voiced support for him at the same New Hampshire rally where he read Belichick's letter, which is what started the controversy.
“Tom Brady, great guy, great friend of mine, great, great champion, unbelievable winner,” Trump said at the rally. “He called today and he said, ‘Donald, I support you, you’re my friend, and I voted for you.’ ”
After this news broke, Brady's Facebook page was littered with negative comments about his supposed vote for Trump. We'll probably never know if he actually voted for Trump or not, but that decision is his and his alone and no one should be harassing him for it.
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