‘I’m sorry, coach’: Justin Turner jokingly apologizes to Invoice Belichick for being a fan of one other AFC East staff

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Turner, who’s a Dolphins fan, joined the Purple Sox this previous offseason after exchanging textual content messages with the Patriots coach.

Justin Turner grew to become a Dolphins fan at age 10. Erin Clark/Globe Workers Erin Clark/Globe Workers
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Though Justin Turner is a member of the Purple Sox, the participant’s NFL fandom isn’t with the Patriots.

Turner, a California native, admitted in an interview with Peacock’s Ahmed Fareed and Jensen Lewis that he’s a Dolphins fan and commenced rooting for the Patriots’ divisional foe started when he was 10 years previous.

“The Rams and Raiders each left LA,” Turner stated forward of Sunday’s Purple Sox recreation. “On the time, this film got here out that was fairly fashionable known as ‘Ace Ventura.’ So, a fan of Snowflake, a fan of the Dolphins, enormous fan of Dan Marino. I bought to fulfill him a pair instances.

“I bought to say, Invoice Belichick was a part of the recruiting course of to come back up right here to Boston. I simply didn’t have it in me to inform him I used to be a Dolphins fan. So, if he’s watching proper now, I’m sorry. I’m sorry, coach.”

Although former Dodgers and Purple Sox teammate Kiké Hernández did a whole lot of the recruiting work to deliver Turner to Boston over the offseason, Belichick appeared to help the method, too.

Purple Sox supervisor Alex Cora had the longtime New England head coach textual content Turner when he was nonetheless a free agent. Though it isn’t identified what that textual content consisted of, it may be assumed that it had an influence on the 38-year-old’s resolution to check in Boston.

Cora and Belichick have had one another’s cellphone numbers because the 2021 ALCS. The Patriots’ coach was additionally seen carrying a Purple Sox hat in a Fenway Park sales space alongside then-president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in August 2018. Belichick brazenly praised the best way Boston across the similar time he attended a recreation.

Fortunately for Turner, his Dolphins have had New England’s quantity as of late. Since 2020, Miami has been victorious towards the Patriots 4 instances in six video games. The Dolphins swept the Patriots in 2021 for the primary time since 2000 and eradicated New England from playoff rivalry in 2020 throughout their Week 15 matchup.

Although the Patriots host Miami on Sunday, Sept. 17, Turner received’t get an opportunity to see his staff because the Purple Sox go to the Blue Jays in Toronto that very same day. New England visits the Dolphins on Sunday, Oct. 29, which lands on a World Sequence off day. Time will inform if the Miami fan will get an opportunity to see the 2 sq. off this season.