Bill Belichick sounded less than enthused about traveling to Mexico to play a game. And his line about being "fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there," didn't exactly sit well with some folks south of the border.
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“Personally, I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again,” Belichick said on his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Dale and Holley with Keefe" show Monday. “Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges that we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there. I mean you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened so that was good.”
Pancho Vera of ESPN Mexico took exception to Belichick's comment on Twitter, which, translated, called out the "ignorance of the genius of the NFL." More than 200 people were killed after a quake centered near Mexico City struck in September.
Indignante ignorancia de un “genio” de la NFL... por eso hay que tomar a los deportes profesionales como lo que son: un espectáculo. pic.twitter.com/ptyhKPbvkm— Poncho Vera (@ponchovpof) November 21, 2017
Other Twitter users said, using Belichick's reasoning, they wondered if they'd be fortunate not to be killed or wounded in a mass shooting if they were to travel to the US:
Creo que también tengo suerte yo fui a Las Vegas y no me tocó balacera #Belichickputotramposo— Dr. Ernesto Salgado (@ErnestoSalgado) November 21, 2017
Pero tiene razón, yo aplico la misma cuando voy a eeuu y digo fui aforunado de que no me tocara una balacera de algun loco.— Mexikaner ® (@Mexikaner) November 21, 2017
Translated, the tweets read, "I also have luck in Las Vegas I was not in a shooting" and "But you are right, I apply the same when I go to the U.S. and say I was fortunate I was not in some crazy shootout."