Invoice Belichick acquired largely reward on social media for his determination to reject President Trump’s supply to award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the very best civilian honor within the U.S.
The New England Patriots was praised on Twitter for breaking along with his longtime pal. Former Sen. Jeff Flake, longtime Boston sports activities columnist Bob Ryan and actress Mia Farrow had been amongst these in Belichick’s nook.
He cited the riot on the U.S. Capitol as the explanation why he was going to say no the supply.
“Not too long ago, I used to be provided the chance to obtain the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I used to be flattered by out of respect for what the dignity represents and admiration for prior recipients. Subsequently, the tragic occasions of final week occurred and the choice has been made to not transfer ahead with the award,” he said in a statement.
“Above all, I’m an American citizen with nice reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I do know I additionally symbolize my household and the New England Patriots staff. Probably the most rewarding issues in my skilled profession happened in 2020 when, by means of the good management inside our staff, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and have become actions. Persevering with these efforts whereas remaining true to the individuals, staff and county I like outweigh the advantages of any particular person award.”
The president lately re-appointed Belichick to the President’s Council on Sports activities, Health and Diet final month. It’s the coach’s second time period on the council.
Belichick is the son of a World Warfare II veteran and grew up in Annapolis, Md. Steve Belichick coached faculty soccer for 34 years at Navy.
Not too long ago, sports activities figures Gary Participant, Annika Sorenstam, Babe Zaharias, Roger Staubach and Dan Gable acquired the Presidential Medal of Freedom.