Bill Belichick offered a statement on his letter to Donald Trump

"I've received a number of inquires relative to a note that I wrote to Donald on Monday."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick took time at the start of his Wednesday press conference to address the subject of his letter to president-elect Donald Trump.

“I’ve received a number of inquires regarding a note that I wrote to Donald on Monday,” Belichick began. “Our friendship goes back many years, and I think that anybody who’s spent more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person.”

Here’s the entire statement:

Belichick reminded reporters that his political friendships extend to both parties.

“A couple of weeks ago we had Secretary of State [John] Kerry in our locker room. So he’s another friend of mine. I can’t imagine two people with more different political views than than those two, but to me, friendship and loyalty is just about that. It’s not about political or religious views.”

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After the statement, the Patriots’ coach made it clear that he was done talking about the subject. When asked a follow up question, Belichick simply repeated the name of New England’s upcoming opponent (Seattle).

Belichick wrote a letter to Trump shortly before the election. The then-Republican nominee read it aloud at a rally in New Hampshire.

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