FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Monday that he would “not go ahead” with the presidential medal that Donald Trump planned to present him on Thursday.
Bellistic explained his decision in a statement:
“Recently I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I would do out of respect, to receive the honor and praise for the former recipients. After this, the tragic events of the last week took place and the decision Not done. Proceed with the award.
“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know that I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. Most rewarding in my professional career One of the things happened in 2020. Through great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights went to the forefront and became action.
“By continuing the efforts that are right for the people, the team and the country, I love the benefits of any individual award.”
President’s Freedom Medal in 1963, John F. Was founded by Kennedy. It is conferred by the President to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the protection of America’s national interests for world peace or cultural or other important public or private endeavors. .
Respect for Belichick is that the US House of Representatives is pushing Trump to force him from office on January 20 before the end of his term, after a mob of Trump attacked the US Capitol on Wednesday, while Congress Biden was in the process of confirming who as his successor.
Trump has recently selected several sports figures and political backers for the honor. Hall of Fame golfers Anika Sorenstam and Gary Player, along with the late multisport athlete babe Didericksen Zaharias, received the presidential medal on Thursday, the next day of the riot at the Capitol.
The 68-year-old Belichick finished his 46th season in the NFL and 21st as a Patriots coach. He led the Patriots to six Super Bowl championships, with George Hellas and Curley Lambo as the only coaches with six championships since the league championship began in 1933. Belichick’s 311 wins (regular season and playoff combined) rank third behind Dawn. Shula (347) and Halas (324).