Bill Belichick Declines Presidential Medal Of Freedom From Donald Trump

Bill Belichick Declines Presidential Medal Of Freedom From Donald Trump

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday that he rejects the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump

Belichick, who is friends with Trump, explained his decision in a statement, citing the riots at the Capitol building on Wednesday.

“Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients,” Belichick said. “Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred, and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award.” 

“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom, and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team,” the statement continued. “One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality, and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions.”

“Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team, and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”

According to ESPN, Trump recently selected several athletes to receive the civilian’s highest honor. Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player, both hall of fame golfers, along with the late Olympian Babe Didrikson Zaharias, received the medal on Thursday.

Belichick just finished his 46th season in the NFL and 21st as Patriots coach. He has led the Patriots to six Super Bowl championships. Belichick’s 311 victories, regular season and playoff wins combined, place him third all-time.

 

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