Bill Belichick fumbles chance to explain why he veered toward the political

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick made a very rare detour from football earlier this week to urge U.S. intervention in a foreign conflict that is seriously affecting the interests of Armenians.

On Friday, he was asked the natural followup question during a press conference: “What are the determinants in your view in how you go about using your platform in order to speak out on various issues?”

It’s a fair question, especially given the “stick to sports” message that so many will send when athletes or coaches address political issues (or, more specifically, political issues that disagree with their own political views). So what’s the answer, Bill? What are the factors that cause you to use your platform to bring attention to a cause other than football?

“I really try to focus most of my attention on coaching football,” Belichick said. “But there was a very nice comment made there and so it really is kind of along the lines of the comment that . . . Secretary [of Defense Christopher Miller] made.”

That answer, frankly, is either evasive or nonsensical. Basically, he’s saying he took a hard right turn into political activism in response to a compliment from a politician. There’s simply no logical connection between the two. Making the connection even more unusual is the fact that Belichick met the compliment with a challenge, given the current administration’s policy regarding the conflict in question.

It all comes back to the question of when and where political views from athletes and coaches will be welcomed and when they will be rejected. Some have been shunned for raising concerns about the killing of American citizens by American law enforcement, because the political viewpoint wasn’t regarded as mainstream or popular. If we don’t want athletes and coaches to go political, why isn’t that the universal reaction?

9 responses to “Bill Belichick fumbles chance to explain why he veered toward the political

  1. Bill is becoming very uncomfortable in his own skin, most likely from a losing record and quarterback warts

  2. When Bill had Tom Brady, he wanted everyone to stay focused on football. NFL history shows that we’ve generally regarded the coach with the best QB, as being the best coach. Now that Tom Brady is in Tampa making another coach appear to be very smart, Belichick’s team suddenly has a losing record. So I guess when and where a coach gets political might depend on whether or not he wants to keep the focus on the football team, or whether he wants to distract the focus from the team.

  3. I’m sure the thing weighing heavily on Coach Belichick’s mind at all times is what sports commenters think of his politics, draft choices, and explanations about the Patriots’ record this year.

  4. Perhaps instead of focusing on why Belichick got “political,” we should look at his words. Personally, I wasn’t aware of the lengthy humanitarian crisis on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Read up on the subject a little bit and you’ll not only understand how horrible it is, but you’ll also see that this is not the first time Belichick has spoken about it.

    At their core, good coaches are good teachers. Belichick just taught me something. Thanks, Coach.

  5. And when a platform is used to squelch opposing opinions?
    It’s known as tyranny.

    also spelled like this; HYPOCRITE

  6. Based on PFTs extreme left wing stance on everything, I would think you’d be celebrating the coach taking a stand and speaking out for something. In the same way you supported the kneeling of the players, the same way you made sure to tell us Kaepernick is still a top 5 QB, etc. But, of course, Bill seemed to support Trump, and therefore you have be a hypocrite and now, instead of praising him like you do liberal players, you have to bash him for things you otherwise have supported. Hammering him for this is nonsensical at best based on your past opinion of taking a stand

  7. Belichick is a knowledgeable historian who knows what is going on in the world. I agree that we should listen to the content of what he is saying. Most Americans probably can’t locate Azerbaijan on a map.

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