Bill Belichick works tirelessly around the clock, and that apparently includes during Christmas dinner.
Last year, on Christmas day, the New England Patriots head coach gave tight end Asante Cleveland a shout during dinner at a teammate’s house, and it didn’t end well, per San Diego Union Tribune:
“He was like, ‘Hey Asante. It’s Belichick,’” Cleveland recounted, doing his best Belichick voice impression. “He said, ‘We’re going to have to make some roster moves.’ At that point, I knew what ‘roster moves’ means. It means I’m being moved from the roster. We needed to bring in a cornerback because we were playing the Jets.
“He said, ‘I just want to let you know this is no indication we’re moving away from you. We really like you. … We just need to make this quick transaction.’ That call ended. I said, ‘Merry Christmas.’ I don’t know if he heard me. He didn’t say it back.”
Cleveland shared that he had drink and went to a hockey game to try to salvage his holiday.
He was picked up on waivers on the following Monday by the San Diego Chargers, but what a rotten way to spend your Christmas night.