Bill Belichick’s refusal to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump seems to have broken his friendship with the billionaire business tycoon.
Belichick issued a statement Monday after a report surfaced, which he will receive later this week.
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“Recently, I had the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Out of respect for the honorary representative and admiration for the previous winners, I was flattered. Then, the tragic events of last week happened and the decision was made not to move on,” He said in a statement.
“First of all, I am an American citizen and I have a lot of respect for our country’s values, freedom and democracy. I know that I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. One of the most meaningful things in my career is in 2020. Through the excellent leadership within our team, the dialogue on social justice, equality and human rights has come to the forefront and become action. I continue to stick to these efforts while remaining loyal to the people, team and county I love, which exceeds The benefits of any personal award.”
Bill Belichick should not accept the Medal of Freedom from the President, the former NFL MVP said
Politico quoted White House officials as reporting that the coach of the New England Patriots will receive the award.
Belichick took fame since he won six Super Bowl titles after serving as the Patriots in 2000.
Trump told supporters in New Hampshire when he shared Berishick’s information through NBC Sports Boston in 2016. “Facts have proved that you are the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing. I have always respected you very much, but your tenacity and perseverance in the past year have been remarkable. Hope for the results of the election tomorrow. It can give you the opportunity to make America great again. I wish great achievements tomorrow.”
Trump said in August last year that if he needed help in a military battle, he would call Belichick for advice. The President also reappointed Berishik as a member of the President’s Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Council last month. This is the coach’s second term on the board.
Belichick is the son of a veteran of the Second World War and grew up in the state of Annapolis (St. Belveick). Steve Belichick served as a college football coach in the Navy for 34 years.
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Recently, sports figures Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam, Babe Zaharias, Roger Staubach and Don Don Gable was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.