Belichick turns down Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots head coach, announced this afternoon that he will decline the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump.

After last week’s assault, deemed a terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, Belichick will not move forward according to his statement.

“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots’ team. One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions.

“Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”

Belichick has been the New England Patriots’ coach for 21 seasons, which includes six Super Bowl championships.