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Bill Belichick declines Presidential Medal of Freedom provide from Trump

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Bill Belichick cited the “tragic occasions of final week” as resulting in his determination. Professional-Trump rioters rampaged within the US Capitol final Wednesday. 5 individuals died because of the chaos, together with a US Capitol Police officer. Home Democrats need to impeach Trump, accusing him of “incitement of rebellion.”

“Lately, 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,” Belichick mentioned in a press release. “Subsequently, the tragic occasions of final week occurred and the choice has been made to not transfer ahead with the award. Above all, I’m an American citizen with nice reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy.”

A White Home official instructed the White Home was made conscious of the choice.

Belichick has been the Patriots’ head coach since 2000 and has received six Tremendous Bowls, a NFL report for a head coach.

In 2016, he wrote a letter of assist to Trump. He instructed reporters after Trump gushed approximately the letter: “Our friendship goes again a few years. Anyone who spends greater than 5 minutes with me is aware of I am not a political individual. My feedback are usually not politically motivated. I’ve a friendship with Donald.”

Nonetheless, Belichick had confronted repeated calls to say no the Presidential Medal of Freedom given the President’s response to the US Capitol breach.

Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern instructed earlier Monday that Belichick ought to “refuse it.”

“This President has made a mockery of the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” he mentioned. “Take a look at who he’s giving it to within the final weeks — individuals like Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan — I imply, please. Bill Belichick ought to do the fitting factor and say: ‘No thanks.'”

Trump has usually used the Medal of Freedom to reward his allies, whether or not they be monetary, political or simply outdated mates. Representatives Nunes and Jordan have been two of the President’s most vocal political allies who defended him all through his impeachment.

A number of individuals near Trump have famous that, as his time in workplace involves an finish, one of many issues he’ll doubtless miss essentially the most isn’t the work of the presidency however the trappings that include it: the motorcades, rides on Marine One, excursions of the Lincoln Bed room given to dinner friends, a continuing press corps at his aspect — but in addition Medal of Freedom ceremonies.

Trump usually delights in them and has executed so for a number of mates, political donors and athletes during the last 4 years.

Bill Belichick concluded his assertion Monday acknowledging, “I additionally characterize my household and the New England Patriots group.”

“Some of the rewarding issues in my skilled profession happened in 2020 when, via the nice management inside our group, conversations approximately social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and have become actions,” he mentioned.

“Persevering with these efforts whereas remaining true to the individuals, group and nation I like outweigh the advantages of any particular person award.”

This story has been up to date with further data Monday.

 

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Hassan Zia is an accomplished News writer & working journalist in the industry for over 5 years. At Pakistan print media he established his skills in writing and publishing multiple news stories of daily reporting beats ranging from crime, drama, business, entertainment. An activist at heart Zia believes in sensitizing audiences on issues of social justice and equality. Using powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: women, children, labor, peace & diversity etc. his work underpins the causes he’s concerned about. Besides being known for his activism and community work Zia is also associated with renowned universities as a visiting faculty member for over 3 years now. His academic background is a Masters in Mass in Communication.