Washington Bill Belichick is to be awarded the Freedom Medal. But the coach of the New England Patriots does not want to be honored by the outgoing US President Donald Trump. He is considered a Trump friend.
Football coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots waives the award of the freedom medal by the outgoing US President Donald Trump. This emerges from a statement by the 68-year-old that was disseminated on Monday (local time) and is available to the German press agency. The “Presidential Medal of Freedom” is the highest civilian honor in the USA. Trump wanted to honor Belichick on Thursday, according to US media reports.
Belichick justified his waiver of the award with the storm on the Capitol. After the “tragic events of the past week” the decision was made to forego the planned honor, wrote Belichick, who is considered a friend of Trump and supported him in the 2016 election campaign with a letter.
Belichick went on to say that one of the most enriching experiences of his coaching career was witnessing “how conversations about social justice, equality and human rights came to the fore and turned into action” last year. To continue these efforts and to remain loyal to the people, the team and the country I love outweighs any individual award.
According to the White House, the Freedom Medal honors people who have made a significant contribution “to the security or national interest of the USA, world peace and cultural or other significant public concerns”.
Belichick is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history. He won the Super Bowl six times with the Patriots and has more league wins than any other active coach.