New England Patriots coach Bill Bericzick said that he will not receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump after the riots in the US Capitol last week.
Belichick, who had previously discussed his friendship with the president in public, will receive the highest civilian honor in the United States after Trump proposed to award him a week ago. That was before the president’s supporters rioted and besieged the Capitol, killing five people.
Belichick said in a statement: “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.” And has decided not to advance the award.”
The news of the offer to Belichick did not appear until Sunday, raising questions about whether the most accomplished coach in football history would accompany his friend in the dispute.
Although Belichick’s statement did not mention Trump’s name, this decision amounts to a severe condemnation of the president, who faces demands for removal from Democrats and some Republicans. Just days after Trump awarded the gold medal to the two best golfers of all time, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam, he made this decision . The player and Sorenstam have been criticized for interacting with the president after the recent incident.