Several coaches have chosen to talk about the Colin Kaepernick situation in San Francisco. Patriots coach Bill Belichick has chosen not to.
“We’re really focused on what we do and getting ready for the Giants, improving our football team,” Belichick told reporters on Monday. “We’re not here to talk about political commentary or ideology and all of that.”
And that was that. No follow up, no alternative approach, no tiptoeing-on-eggshells effort to get the Wizard to deviate from his initial position.
Belichick’s father was a renowned scout at the Naval Academy, and Bill was a fixture on the Annapolis campus as a boy. His opinions, if he’d express them, could be intriguing.
On one hand, refusing to stand for the national anthem can be seen as a sign of disrespect to the military, and to the country. On the other hand, it can be viewed as the exercise of one of the basic freedoms for which thousands have died.
For now, no one knows where Belichick lands on that spectrum. Chances are we never will.