New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had not spoken to the media since Wednesday morning, hours before Boston Police officers Richard Cintolo and Matthew Morris were shot in East Boston that evening.
The four-time Super Bowl champion head coach in his 42nd year of coaching in the league opened his Friday morning press conference with a salute to Boston’s finest.
Bill Belichick opens with a heartfelt message of support for Boston Police and what they've dealt with in last 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/VIWoynBQ7z
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“Before we get into Cincinnati, on behalf of the team, I just wanted to express our appreciation and support for the Boston Police Department with what they’ve been going through the last couple of days, the injured officers, their families,” Belichick said.
“I can’t imagine, but I can imagine, the amount of stress that department has to deal with and the challenges every day, and the difficulty of the situation that they’ve been put in.”
“I just want to let them know we’re behind them, we appreciate them, we appreciate what they do for us; how they protect us. We’re there for them,” Belichick said.