This year's Super Bowl week has been filled with off-the-field sideshows that often overshadow the Big Game itself. If you expected that trend to dissipate, you will be sorely disappointed.
First came a bombshell out of Las Vegas, where the Raiders' plans to relocate to Southern Nevada went from a near certainty to a complete unknown. Then, of course, it was the relationship between the three foremost faces of the Patriots — owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady — and the controversial President Donald Trump. Perhaps the most shocking of them all came on Wednesday night, as Indianapolis Colts punter announced live during Barstool Sports on Comedy Central that he is leaving the NFL for a career with the sports comedy giant.
And just when you imagine Super Bowl week could not get any more bizarre, New York Times Magazine drops this gem of President Trump describing the time Belichick hugged him, kissed him and said 'I love you.'
By far the best deal Kraft ever made was hiring Belichick, Trump said. Who, by the way, is also “a great, great friend” of Trump’s, even though everyone just assumes he’s “a really rough guy.”
“So I go to the Patriots game last year,” Trump said. “I’m on the sidelines with Kraft. He’s got Les Moonves right here. He’s got a lot of different people. And Belichick comes over in his Patriots sweatshirt and the hoodie and the whole thing. He hugs me, and he kisses me, and he said: ‘I love you. You’re the greatest.’” Trump sat at his cluttered desk and seemed almost dreamy at the memory, as if the reception from Belichick genuinely moved him. “He just feels warmly toward me, Belichick does,” Trump said. “Isn’t that the craziest thing?”
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