The renowned NFL coach legend Bill Belichick has just rejected Donald Trump’s iconic offer. The Patriots head coach says he will NOT receive POTUS’ Presidential Medal of Freedom and reasons due to the latest happenings and riots that occurred at the U.S. Capitol.
The Patriots head coach and NFL coaching legend made the declaration on Monday evening stating that he was initially “flattered” to be offered the medal but concluded to yet turn it down after Pro-Trump protesters raided D.C. last week.
“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.”
Belichick continued, “Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”
Numerous prominent sports models and athletes have obtained the award recently with everyone from Tiger Woods to Lou Holtz to Gray player receiving the medal at Trump’s White House.
For your information, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor with the White House exemplifying the award is given to those “who have made especially outstanding assistance to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Belichick and Trump have had an outstanding relationship over the years in fact, in 2018, Trump appointed the New England legend to his Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.
Of course, Belichick also famously wrote Trump a congratulatory letter which Donald read onstage at a crucial event right before the 2016 election.
In his announcement renouncing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday, Belichick added, “I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the enormous leadership within our team, chats about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions.”
“Continuing those actions while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”