New England Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick introduced on Monday that he has declined to simply accept a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump, citing final week’s lethal riot on the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Trump was set to present the best civilian honor to the 68-year-old this week, a White Home official had beforehand instructed CBS Information.
A White Home official instructed CBS Information they have been instructed about Belichick’s resolution earlier than the Patriots launched an announcement. The White Home declined to remark in response to it.
Belichick stated in an announcement obtained by CBS Information that he was “flattered” to have the chance to obtain the medal, however the storming of the Capitol, which many have accused Mr. Trump of inciting, modified his thoughts. ESPN was first to have reported on Belichick’s assertion.
“Subsequently, the tragic occasions of final week occurred and the choice has been made to not transfer ahead with the award,” he stated. “Above all, I’m an American citizen with nice reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”
“I do know I additionally characterize my household and the New England Patriots workforce,” he added. “Some of the rewarding issues in my skilled profession befell in 2020 when, by the good management inside our workforce, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and have become actions. Persevering with these efforts whereas remaining true to the individuals, workforce and nation I really like outweigh the advantages of any particular person award.”
As Mr. Trump finishes out his closing days as president, he deliberate to award the Medal of Freedom to Belichick on Thursday, a White Home official instructed CBS Information. Belichick, who has received six Tremendous Bowls as the top coach of the Patriots, would have been the fifth public determine to obtain the medal since a violent mob stormed the Capitol final week.
Three of the honorees — former golfers Annika Sorenstam, Gary Participant and Babe Zaharias — have been awarded the medal on Thursday, lower than 24 hours after the riot. Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally, obtained the medal on Monday.
Lots of Mr. Trump’s critics andhave blamed the president for stirring up the mob. Home Democrats unveiled an impeachment decision on Monday accusing Mr. Trump of “incitement of an revolt” tied to the January 6 assault.
At the least one native lawmaker stated earlier on Monday that he believed Belichick ought to avoid the medal. Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, told CNN that Belichick ought to refuse it.
“Invoice Belichick ought to do the proper factor and say, ‘No thanks’… To just accept it as disgraceful,” he stated.
Mr. Trump thinks extremely of Belichick and considers the legendary coach a pal. Over the summer season, Mr. Trump praised Belichick and even joked that he’d search him for army recommendation, after being requested whether or not Belichick or Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had a greater likelihood of successful the Tremendous Bowl this yr.
“This man simply is aware of the right way to win…You realize, if I ever had a army battle, I might name up Belichick and say what do you suppose? What do you suppose? Give me a few concepts,” he instructed radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Belichick was additionally just lately re-appointed to Mr. Trump’s Council on Sports activities, Health and Diet in December, CBS Boston reported. The target of the council is to “enhance sports activities participation amongst youth of all backgrounds and skills and to advertise wholesome and energetic life for all Individuals,” according to its website.
Kristin Brown contributed to this report.