New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick declined to just accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday after last week’s deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
In a press release, Belichick mentioned he was flattered to be supplied the medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, however he mentioned the “tragic occasions of final week occurred and the choice has been made to not transfer ahead with the award.”
Belichick, who has coached the Patriots for 21 years and has gained six Tremendous Bowls, mentioned that “above all, I’m an American citizen with nice reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”
He mentioned “conversations” and “actions” about “social justice, equality and human rights” earlier within the season had been among the many most rewarding in his profession.
“Persevering with these efforts whereas remaining true to the folks, workforce and nation I really like outweigh the advantages of any particular person award,” he mentioned.
Earlier Monday, Trump awarded the medal to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, an ally who helped defend him towards particular counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.
Final week, one other Trump ally, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., was additionally given the award, and on Thursday, the day after the riot, he offered the medal to 3 professional golfers.
The medal, established in 1963, is given to individuals who have “made distinctive contributions to the safety or nationwide pursuits of America, to world peace, or to cultural or different important public or non-public endeavors,” in line with the White Home.
The Professional Golfers’ Association of America said Sunday that its 2022 championship wouldn’t be held at Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Peter Alexander contributed.