Belichick says he will not receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

AP. FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick yells from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif. President Donald Trump will present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Bill Belichick, the football coach of the New England Patriots and the only coach to win six Super Bowl titles. The presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom is expected Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File) AP. FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick yells from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif. President Donald Trump will present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Bill Belichick, the football coach of the New England Patriots and the only coach to win six Super Bowl titles. The presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom is expected Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer
Updated: January 11, 2021 08:34 PM
Created: January 11, 2021 08:02 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP/WHEC) - New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Monday night that he will not receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In a statement, Belichick said “remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”

The six-time Super Bowl winning coach did not say explicitly that he had turned down the offer from President Donald Trump.

But he said, “the decision has been made not to move forward with the award.”

Although he describes himself as apolitical, Belichick wrote Trump a letter during the 2016 presidential campaign that the candidate read aloud at a rally in the days before the election.


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