The head coach of the New England Patriots announced Monday that he will not be accepting the Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump.
“Patriots’ HC Bill Belichick will not be traveling to Washington nor accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he announced today,” reported ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Belichick said in a statement that he was “flattered” by the opportunity, but had to decline in light of the “tragic events of last week,” referencing the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“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,” the statement started. “Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award.”
“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy,” Belichick said. “I know I also represent