Belichick is a six-time champion coach in the NFL series of American football.
American football NFL Series six-time champion coach Bill Belichick has refused to receive the President’s Medal of Freedom. He tells about it Washington Post.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian badge of honor in the United States, along with the Congressional Gold Medal awarded by the United States Congress.
From the White House, it was confirmed to the Washington Post that Belichick would have received the medal at Thursday’s ceremony.
However, Belichick, who led the New England Patriots six times as champion, refused the medal because of last week’s events.
Trump is believed to have incited his supporters to a violent attack on the congress building last Wednesday. The attack killed five people and the Senate had to suspend confirmation of the presidential election result.
Belichick said he had agreed to receive the medal before the attack.
“I was flattered to hear I was receiving the President’s Medal of Freedom because it is a great tribute. Then we saw the tragic events of last week, and I decided not to go any further with the rewards, ”Belichick commented.
“I am first and foremost a citizen of the United States, and I have great respect for our values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and our team. ”
Belichick and the Patriots visited Trump at the White House in 2017 after winning the championship. Belichick supported Trump in the 2016 election campaign.
“Our friendship goes back many years. That doesn’t mean I agree on every thing, ”he explained during the election, a letter he sent to Trump showing his support.