Former NFL coach Urban Meyer attended former President Donald Trump’s annual Super Bowl party on Sunday night, where guests dined on a game-day menu of wings, hot dogs, and burgers at his West Palm Beach golf club.
According to one attendee, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani was also present, but New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who was spotted earlier in the weekend at the former president’s nearby Mar-a-Lago resort, was not.
Former first lady Melania Trump, who is rarely seen at the golf club, was also absent.
According to the guest, Trump appeared to be in his element as he talked football with Meyer, who was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars before the season even began. ‘He was overjoyed. ‘I’m in a good mood,’ said the visitor. ‘It was a lot of fun,’ she says.
As the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on big screens, guests were served by staff dressed in striped referee uniforms.
The party capped off a busy weekend at Trump’s Florida political headquarters.
Mar-a-Lago hosted a fundraiser for Harriet Hageman, who is running against Rep. Liz Cheney for the Republican nomination in Wyoming.
And photos on social media showed both Belichick and Meyer getting ready for a night out at the Palm Beach club.
Details were revealed on the same day that an excerpt from a new book revealed the ups and downs of Trump and Belichick’s relationship. Trump told the authors of ‘This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future’ that he was irritated by the coach’s refusal to accept the Medal of Freedom following the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
Trump felt Belichick had ‘chickened out,’ he told Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, when he declined the honor, making him only one of four people in history to do so.
In an excerpt published by Yahoo Sports, they write, ‘One of the rejections that had bothered him the most had come from Bill Belichick, the legendary coach of the New England Patriots who had declined Trump’s attempt to grant him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.’
‘It was simply not possible for him to appear with Trump in the immediate aftermath of the riot.’ Trump claimed at the time that Belichick had ‘chickened out.’ But here’s what Trump revealed: The coach had only been playing golf at Trump’s nearby course a week before. Trump had collided with him on the second-to-last hole. “On the seventeenth, he came up to me,” the former commander-in-chief recalled with delight.
For anyone familiar with Belichick’s gruff demeanor, Trump’s claim that “he hugged and kissed me” defies belief.
Before the 2016 election, the coach famously sent Trump a letter of support. ‘Congratulations on a fantastic campaign. ‘You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media, and you have come out beautifully – beautifully,’ Trump said in the letter.
‘You’ve proven to be the ultimate fighter and competitor. ‘Your leadership is outstanding.’ I’ve always admired you, but the fortitude and perseverance you’ve shown in the last year is extraordinary.
‘Hopefully, the election results tomorrow will provide an opportunity to make America great again.’ Best wishes for a successful day tomorrow.’
Meyer was fired in December, when his Jaguars were 2-11.
His success as a college coach did not translate to success in the NFL. Worse, he apologized to the team after video emerged of him with a woman who was not his wife at his Ohio restaurant.