Bill Belichick declines Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump

As impeachment closes in, Trump to award Medal of Freedom to Patriots’ Bill Belichick

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern of MA says that the New England Patriots coach should say "no thanks" to the highest honor an American civilian can receive, calling President Donald Trump's distribution of it "a mockery".

Belichick continued, "Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation's values, freedom and democracy".

Trump is scheduled to give Belichick the award as House Democrats look to impeach him after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol Building that resulted in five deaths last week.

Belichick concluded his statement Monday acknowledging, "I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team". "Continuing those efforts or remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award". Trump has generally avoided the press since his election loss.

Mu itangazo yasohoye, Belichick yagize ati: "Vuba aha, nahawe amahirwe yo guhabwa "Presidential Medal of Freedom", byari ibyishimo n'icyubahiro nk'uko biri no ku bayihawe mbere".

Belichick learned of the honor prior to the attack on the Capitol, according to profootballtalk.com.


Three of the awards were handed out behind closed doors the day after the Capitol Hill riots, all to professional golfers.

"At a time when so many athletes are standing up for what's right, I hope Bill Belichick will reject this award", Healey wrote on Twitter. Patriots owner Bob Kraft is a longtime friend of the president's, as is former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In 2016, Trump read a glowing letter from Belichick while on the campaign trail, in which the coach praised his courage and leadership. The six-time Super Bowl-winning coach missed out on the postseason this year for the first time since 2008.

Markey didn't question Belichick's greatness or worthiness for the award.

Citing scheduling conflicts, the club did not visit the White House following their win in Super Bowl LIII following the 2018 season.

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

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