Bill Belichick has derided social media many times over his career as the various platforms have taken hold in the world around us.
In the past, Belichick has declared his hate for social media and openly mocked such things as “SnapFace.”
In regards to the NFL, social media was in the news this week as the wife of San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert went public with hateful messages she received in the wake of her husband suffering a knee injury that landed him on IR.
In light of that, Belichick was asked about dealing with negative outside forces that might affect his players as they work through on-field adversities.
Before he touched on the topic, he took the chance to reiterate his stance on social media that is so often the direct connection between fans and players, for better and worse.
“First of all, I don’t really know or care anything about social media,” Belichick said. “I don’t even know what’s out there or isn’t out there. So that’s irrelevant to me. But it doesn’t matter. We played football before there was social media. It didn’t matter then either.”
Belichick, who was very much engaged with long answers to questions during his nearly 30-minute Zoom call with local reporters on Friday, went on to talk about the importance of players learning from mistakes and moving on.
“We all make mistakes and sometimes that gets magnified because of the timing of it,” Belichick said, the reporter having alluded to Damien Harris’ fumble in late in last Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. “We all need to correct whatever mistakes we did in the game and try to do better. That goes for all of us. That’s something we all feel accountable for.
“At the same time, everybody’s doing the best they can, not not doing the right thing on purpose. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, sometimes it does. In the end you control your preparation, you control your effort, you control your attitude, you control your toughness. Those things are all in your control."
And unfortunately the cesspool that can often be social media certainly is not.