New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke out Wednesday about the letter he sent to President-elect Donald Trump.
Belichick told the media on Wednesday that he wrote the letter to Trump out of friendship, and said his comments weren't politically motivated.
Trump announced that Belichick had sent him a letter endorsing his candidacy at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Monday night.
"Our friendship goes back many years and I think that anyone who has spent more than five minutes with me knows I'm not a political person," Belichick said Wednesday. He added that he considers Secretary of State John Kerry a friend as well.
"To me, friendship and loyalty is just about that. It's not about political or religious views. I write hundreds of letters and notes every month. Doesn't mean that I agree with every single thing that every person thinks about, politics, religion or other subjects, but I have multiple friendships that are important to me, and that's what that was about," he said.
When asked follow up questions about Trump by reporters, Belichick repeatedly replied with only the one-word answer "Seattle," a reference to the team the Patriots are playing on Sunday night.
Quarterback Tom Brady also spoke Wednesday morning about Sunday night's game against the Seahawks and touched briefly on Trump.
When asked if he gave permission to Trump to talk about his support, Brady said he wanted to focus on football. Brady never confirmed if he voted for Trump.
"I"m just going to talk about football this week," he said.
He added that his wife - the supermodel Gisele - said that he should refrain from talking about politics anymore, and he thinks that's the right decision for his family.
Brady also spoke of the level of support Trump has shown the Patriots over the years.
"He's been to a lot of games over the years and been in our locker room a lot, certainly at some of our bigger games, even going up against the Jets and stuff like that," he said. "That was long before he was ever a politician. Like I said, you develop relationships with a lot of different people, and I've certainly come in contact with a lot of different people over the years. Some become your friends and you keep in touch with (them), and some you don't."