BOSTON (CBS) — Whenever Bill Belichick holds a press conference, you never know which version of the Hall of Famer you’re going to get. Sometimes it’s a no-nonsense coach who’s not much for small talk. Other times, a story teller shows up to share tales from his near-50-year career coaching in the NFL.
And then sometimes, you just get a happy-go-lucky dog lover.
That was the version of Belichick who sat for a virtual press conference over Zoom with reporters on Monday morning. When CLNS reporter Evan Lazar asked a question about defensive lineman Henry Anderson, Lazar’s dog interrupted the press conference, barking off camera before hopping on screen to steal a little of the attention away from the topic at hand.
Belichick began answering the question, but couldn’t resist commenting on the canine interference.
“Well, Henry’s a smart player, has a lot of experience … and uhh, looks like you got your buddy there,” Belichick said with a smile. “Can we have him ask the next question? And then we could get Nike to answer it.”
Funny moment during Bill Belichick’s media availability Monday morning when @ezlazar was asking Bill a question and Evan’s dog Atlas snuck in! #Atlas #Nike @Patriots @nfl @wbz pic.twitter.com/ODBD7o1JET
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) August 23, 2021
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) August 23, 2021
Nike, is, of course, Belichick’s world-famous pup who made his on-screen debut during the 2020 draft from Nantucket. Belichick played into the viral meme sensation earlier this year by consulting Nike for some draft advice.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 1, 2021
In this instance, Belichick was only briefly sidetracked before answering the question about Anderson. But the invitation for a dogs-only press conference has officially been set. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any future press conference woofs, barks and yips in future days.