Sept. 25, 2019
By Devin Fulton
Bill Belichick is arguably the greatest coach of all time, there is no doubt about that. His standards and practices set an example for other coaches and people to follow, and rightfully so. Over the past two decades, his New England Patriots consistently have been nearly unbeatable. Belichick is known for his great coaching, but also his quiet press conferences.
However, a reporter asked him about a certain player (Antonio Brown) leaving the team and instead of just diffusing the question, Belichick showed a stare-down at the reporter, almost trying to assume some level of intimidation. I thought the move was weak by the coach because the reporter was just doing her job.
Antonio Brown joined the Patriots and was released after one week amidst sexual assault accusations. These were never really answered, and it seems the Patriots don’t want anything to do with providing details on the situation. With Brown being the focal point of any NFL discussion in the last month, I can see why Belichick didn’t want to answer any questions about his former receiver.
What I found unprofessional by the coach was his reaction to the question. There was no need for a death glare at a reporter.
A great coach doesn’t need to intimidate someone who simply asked a question politely. This was a weak move, but since Belichick is held to a high standard, lots of people think the media member was at fault.
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