President Trump has been on a tear handing out Presidential Medal’s of Freedom to some of his most loyal allies in an attempt to showcase their reverence to him as President. His newest target of the nation’s highest civilian honor is New England Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick put out a statement Monday after a report surfaced he would receive it later this week.
“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. Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award,” he said in a 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 county I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”
Belichick has been a strong ally of the President in the past and has donated to his campaign. However, the turn of events this past week has the 6x Super Bowl winning coach singing a different tone.
Many Trump allies are abandoning after he incited a domestic insurrection last Wednesday on the U.S. Capitol.