New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick won six rings with veteran quarterback Tom Brady and their friendship was making headlines for over two decades. Well, TB12 decided to leave the team and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots had a disappointing season and ended up with a 7-9 record. Brady and his Buccaneers teammates had a much better season. What about their friendship with US President Donald Trump? This friendship may affect their reputation.
Belichick turned down the President’s Medal of Freedom. TB12 hasn’t said a word about Trump. However, NFL fans are still talking about their connection to the controversial leader.
Jay Maxson of News Busters took notice of an article by Will Leitch from The Intelligencer. Leitch asked, “how much of the Trump stink will stick to” the Patriots head coach and his former signal-caller?
Leitch discussed the choice of words Belichick made to write his public statement.
“Maybe Belichick believed all that, or maybe he was just saying it to appease his players, but it’s certainly not Trumpian language,” he wrote. “The world of sports is, more than anything, a world of corporations, and corporations, like many Americans, are terrified of having anything to do with the president anymore. The bad news for Belichick is that turning down Trump’s offer may not buy him any goodwill anyway. It’s easier for the corporate world, after all, to pretend its past support of Trump didn’t happen: Average people don’t really know or care who runs those places. But they know Tom Brady and they know Bill Belichick. (And they know Herschel Walker and Curt Schilling.) After this unforgettable past week, it’s also going to be hard to forget how these giants of the game decided to associate themselves with someone like Trump.”
Maxson reflects on Belichick and Brady and their friendship with Trump
Leitch’s article was actually an informative piece related to the history behind the relationship between the President, Belichick, and TB12. Being associated with Trump is a bad thing at the moment.
Maxson went deeper into the situation, but his tone sort of exaggerated Leitch’s opinion. Was it a mockery? He didn’t encourage the nation to cancel Brady and Belichick. However, his comments were sort of strong.
“Save Herschel Walker and Curt Schilling, who reaped scorn from Leitch for continuing to support the president, Trump’s sports pals and political counterparts have run screaming for the exits. Belichick has since declined the president’s award. That’s not good enough for Leitch, though, because his headline proclaims the coach cannot escape his tainted relationship with President Trump that easily. He must be canceled. Which brings Leitch around to his next cancellation target: Brady, now with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Despite a past association with Trump and displaying the MAGA hat, Brady has spent the last five years keeping as much distance as he could from the president, Leitch says. Brady even skipped a team visit to the White House to celebrate a Super Bowl championship.”
How will the situation develop in the next few months?