The New England Patriots and politics - I can’t think of many things more argued about. Put those two together? One of the top storylines on Election Day. The two separate topics are constantly debated about, and are similar, mainly because of the immense hatred and endless scandals. You can’t escape them, from everyday conversation to reading or watching the news. The night before the election, in Manchester, New Hampshire, Donald Trump read aloud a letter apparently written by none other than Bill Belichick:
Upon first reading this, many and myself included, thought, “No way in hell Bill Belichick wrote that.” The emotion, the vocabulary used and the thoughts deep from the heart are so un-Belichick. To the media, he’s virtually emotionless; rarely cracks a smile. When he does praise an individual, it’s in a rather monotone voice or vaguely put. I’m sure that to family, close friends and co-workers, he’s much different. Maybe he does display emotion. To the public, this was kind of shocking. Lots thought that Trump was bullshitting this whole thing. Come election morning, Tom E. Curran and others confirmed that Belichick actually did write that very letter.
Belichick is widely hated by many for acting the way he does towards the media. He kind of threw a curveball to the country, showing this side of himself. I’m positive that Belichick gave Trump permission to read that letter out loud that night. Belichick wouldn’t have allowed Trump to read it if he didn’t want him to. Bill is a mastermind at many things, and I’m sure he had logic behind scripting the letter the way he did for the public to hear.
I’ve heard some people argue that Belichick writing a letter instead of expressing these feelings verbally was gutless, or what have you. Why would it bother anyone as to how he put himself out there? I think that writing that letter was a great move by Belichick. He’s going to get scrutinized for it no matter where or how the words are spoken, so it’s safer to just throw something together and let Trump read it, especially since the people are there to hear Trump, not Belichick. Belichick has the right to express himself however he chooses, and it was gutsy even expressing his political views in the first place.
It wouldn’t be complete without the people saying how he’s dumb for supporting Trump, that’s the wrong decision, I’ve lost all respect for him, blah blah. Honestly, who truly cares about who anyone is voting for, let alone Bill himself? Who is affected by his decision and his standpoint? Nobody is. You may disagree with his thoughts, but you are in no way affected by his decision. He’d be judged no matter what side he’s on, but either way, it’s wrong. He’s a person with a brain, just like everyone else. If you don’t like his comments, step away from the keyboard and move on. Many people affiliated with such a big industry, like the NFL, would be too afraid to talk politics and let the public hear them voice their opinion. Please, at least respect him.
It’s a weird situation. Belichick is near the bottom of my list for famous personalities I’d expect to hear tell the world who he sides with in the election. Maybe he helped someone out there decide who they wanted to vote for this election, which is pretty awesome. Considering that New Hampshire is a swing state, Belichick could have influenced the turnout and number of votes for one candidate or another. Maybe he put that into consideration when allowing Trump to read that letter. Whatever his thought process was, I respect him for his decision, and you should, too.