Bill Belichick on Josh Gordon: 'I wish him the very best ... we've moved on to Buffalo'

Ryan Hannable
December 21, 2018 - 11:21 am

FOXBORO -- On Thursday, Josh Gordon announced he was stepping away from football and then was later suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement. On Friday morning, Bill Belichick gave his first comments on the matter.

"I spoke to Josh yesterday morning, as I have several times since he's been here," he said in the opening statement of his press conference. "It is an unfortunate situation. Personally, I wish him the very best as we all do on this team. He has made a statement, the organization has made a statement, the league has made a statement. I have spoken [about him] at length over the last three months and I don’t really have anything at this point to add to that. It is a private matter and I hope that he is able to deal with it successfully.

"Otherwise we’ve moved on to Buffalo and big challenge ahead of us on Sunday. Today will be a big day for us and we need to make the most of it and be ready to go.”

Belichick was then asked when he found out?

“Everything has been said," he said. "I have nothing to add to it. That’s it.”

Will the Patriots continue to work with him?

“We’re going to get ready for Buffalo and play Buffalo on Sunday," Belichick said.

As the number of follow-ups grew, it appeared Belichick began to get frustrated, and it reached its peak when he was asked about how well Gordon fit in.

“We’re going to focus on Buffalo," he said. "I think I have commented on that multiple times. I am sure we have plenty of transcripts on that if you want to read up on them.”

The Patriots will host the Bills Sunday at 1 p.m. With a win, they will clinch their 10th straight AFC East title.

“It is a big game," Belichick said. "I know Buffalo is tough, they are going to compete and what we need to do to be competitive against them. We practiced with that in mind yesterday and we’ll do it again today, Saturday and be ready to go on Sunday.”

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