Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick Rejects Medal of Freedom From Trump

My1sttoday: New England patriots head coach Bill Belichick rejects Medal of Freedom from Trump. In a statement obtained by ESPN, the Patriots head coach said while he was “flattered” by the honor, he cited the events of last week’s violent riots at the U.S. Capitol as a reason for his decision to decline the award.

“Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award,” Belichick said in the statement. “Above all, I am an American citizen with great respect for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”

A longtime friend of the president’s, Belichick and the Patriots previously visited the White House in 2017 after winning the Super Bowl, though the team did not do the same in 2019 after another win. Belichick was also named to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition in 2018.

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick Rejects Medal of Freedom From Trump
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President Trump has faced widespread bipartisan criticism since the violent riot that overtook the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday in which he was cited with inciting the riot after he spoke to it, with lawmakers on both sides calling for his removal or resignation.

Speaker Pelosi and the house Democrats are preparing to impeach Trump the second time if Pence did not invoke 25th amendment to remove Trump from office immediately.

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