New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decreased to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday after recently’s lethal insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
In a declaration, Belichick stated he was flattered to be provided the medal, the nation’s greatest civilian honor, however stated the “tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award.”
Belichick, who’s coached the Patriots for 21 years and has actually won 6 extremely bowls, stated that “above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”
He included that “conversations” and “actions” about “social justice, equality and human rights” that took place previously in the year were amongst the most satisfying in his profession.
“Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award,” he stated.
Earlier Monday, Trump granted the medal to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, an ally who assisted protect the president versus unique counsel Robert Mueller’s examination into Russian election disturbance.
Last week, another Trump ally, California Rep. Devin Nunes, was likewise provided the award, and on the day after the Jan. 6 riot, the president provided the medal to 3 professional golf enthusiasts.
The medal, developed in 1963, is provided to individuals who have “made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to the White House.
Monday’s statement came one day after the Professional Golfer’s Association of America stated its 2022 champion would not be held at President Donald Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.