Patriots' Bill Belichick declines Presidential Medal of Freedom

Patriots' Bill Belichick declines Presidential Medal of Freedom

DeMaurice Smith defended Bill Belichick's decision to not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump, calling Belichick's position "extremely important". Five people died as the mob attacked and breached the Capitol.

Belichick has been under pressure to reject the ceremony after news broke on Sunday in the United States that the former President meant to bestow the honour on the longtime National Football League coach.

"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", Belichick said in a statement. I'm pretty sure Schill would have no problem showing up in Washington to collect a Presidential Medal of Freedom in the middle of impreachment proceedings, eight days after Trump incited violence against the United States of America.

He said he represents his team and his family, and he referred to the NFL's controversy about racial justice in the past year.

"Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award". Belichick was expected to be given the once prestigious award on Thursday.

Trump and Belichick have known each other for several years.

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Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom last week to golfers Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and the late Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

Belichick has served on Trump's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition since 2018, according to ESPN.

As he campaigned the day before the November 8, 2016 election, Trump shared Belichick's letter in a campaign appearance in Manchester, N.H., telling the crowd that Belichick had agreed to this rare glimpse into his personal correspondence.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it was holding the ceremony without the media present.

MA congressman Rep. Jim McGovern (D) said during a Monday morning appearance on CNN that Belichick should "refuse" the award. "I would refuse it if I were Bill Belichick", Rep. Jim McGovern, whose district is in central MA, told CNN. Team owner Robert Kraft had a Super Bowl ring made for Trump.

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