Croatian-American NFL Coach Bill Belichick Refuses Trump's Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Coach Belichick was recently offered the award and was going to travel to Washington, accept it.

In his statement rejecting the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday, Belichick added, "I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team".

"Remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award", he wrote in the statement.

Trump announced on Saturday (Sunday NZT) that he would be awarding Belichick the nation's highest civilian honour this week as part of a late flurry of presentations that also included three golfers: Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and the late Babe Zaharias.

Bill Belichick won't be accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump.

The honor for Belichick comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is increasing pressure to force Trump from office before the end of his term on January 20, after Trump incited a mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while Congress was in the process of confirming Joe Biden as his successor.

Mr Trump has not been seen in public since leading a rally which descended into the Capitol Hill riots last week. "In announcing the award, the White House praised Jordan for, among other things, his work to "unmask the Russian Federation hoax and take on Deep State corruption" and for his efforts to 'confront the impeachment witch hunt'".

To his credit, Bill Belichick said no. Belichick was to be honoured on Thursday.

Belichick utoza New England Patriots avuga ko bwa mbere yumvise ari icyubahiro abwiwe ko yahabwa uwo mugari - ni wo w'ikirenga uhabwa abasivili b'indashyikirwa muri Amerika.

Last week, Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to another Republican ally, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, in a private ceremony. Last month, Belichick called on the US government to take action against Turkey and Azerbaijan for "unprovoked and violent attacks against Armenians".

When Belichick was asked about the letter, he said, "Our friendship goes back many years".

Belichick has won six Super Bowl championships with the Patriots. Early Monday evening, I tweeted, "Belichick makes best call of his career", which generated more than 3,000 "likes".



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