New England Patriots coach refuses to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom

New England Patriots coach refuses to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Belichick linked his decision to the “tragic events” in Washington last week

New England Patriots soccer coach Bill Belichick said he will not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump, as planned this week, after the “tragic” riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Belichick, who led the team to six Super Bowl victories, said he was flattered to be nominated for the highest civilian award in the United States but decided not to accept it.

“I recently had the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what it represented and admiring those to whom it had been awarded before,” Belichick said. – But then the tragic events of the past week happened, and the decision was made not to take any further action on the award.”

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Trump plans to honor Belichick at Thursday’s ceremony prompted calls for the 68-year-old coach to drop it, while Trump faces a possible second impeachment for allegedly inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol.