The strangest U.S. presidential election in recent memory had yet another strange moment on Monday night in New Hampshire when Republican candidate Donald Trump told the crowd that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had voted for him, and then Trump read a letter he said was from Patriots coach Bill Belichick in which Belichick praised Trump’s leadership, among other things.
Of course, many were dubious. Belichick took the time to write a letter? And it said things like, “You have dealt with an unbelievable and slanted media and have come out beautifully. You’ve proven to be the ultimate fighter”?
But apparently, he did.
A third reporter, Dave Zirin of The Nation, indicated that Belichick intended for the note to be between only himself and Trump:
Very good source: yes Belichick sent the letter. No, he had no idea it would be read out loud. Play with snakes, get bitten.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) November 8, 2016
As for Brady, his wife Gisele Bundchen implied to a fan that neither she nor Brady would vote for Trump. Asked on Instagram if it is true that the pair supported the Republican candidate, Bundchen – who rarely responds to Instagram comments – replied with an emphatic, “NO!”
Just throwing this out there. (Top comments.) pic.twitter.com/a3svMKTLGx
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) November 8, 2016
While Brady told radio station WEEI early Monday morning that he hadn’t voted yet, he did vote later, submitting an absentee ballot in Brookline, Mass., where he lives.