During a rally in New Hampshire, Trump told his supporters that both Tom Brady and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots had endorsed him for president. Then, within 48 hours, both of those endorsements were denied.
Shortly after Trump made that announcement, Gisele Bundchen (Tom Brady’s wife) posted on instagram that she and her husband were not backing Trump. Brady later told reporters: “I talked to my wife, she says I can’t talk about politics any more. I think that’s a good decision, made for our family.”
The “endorsement” from Patriot’s Coach Bill Belichick seems to been a similar situation. Belichick wrote a letter wishing Donald Trump luck during the election; he later claiming that it was just meant to be a personal note and not a political endorsement.
During a press conference, Belichick said:
“I think anybody that has spent more than five minutes with me knows I’m not a political person. My comments are not politically motivated — the friendship and loyalty to Donald. A couple of weeks ago, we had Secretary of State Kerry in our locker room. He’s another friend of mine. I can’t imagine two people with more different political views than those two. But to me, friendship and loyalty is just about that. It’s not about political or religious views.”
Both men have personal relationship with Trump, and it’s complicated their lives during this election cycle. The Boston Globe went so far as to claims it’s become a major source of conflict among Pats fans before the election. And, now that Trump won, things are probably going to get worse before they get better.