Belisik clarified his decision in a statement, without naming the president. He was referring to the events of last week in Washington, when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and stormed it. Five people were killed in the unrest.
The 68-year-old American has been with the Patriots since 2000. With midfielder Tom Brady as the centerpiece of his team, Beleshik won the Super Bowl six times, the championship in the NFL.
“I know I represent my family and the New England Patriots”
Recently, I was offered the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I was very flattered about it, for what the award represents and an admiration for the people who were allowed to receive it earlier, ”Bilesic wrote. This was followed by the tragic events of the past week and a decision was made not to accept the award. .
“I know that I represent my family and the New England Patriots,” said the veteran coach. “In 2020, the leadership within our club has sparked conversations about social justice and human rights. This has led to promotions, which is one of the best things in my career. Continuing with these efforts and staying loyal to the people, the team and my country is more important to me than getting an award.” Individual. “
Trump was supported in his 2016 presidential campaign by Beleshik and Patriots owner Robert Kraft and then superstar Brady.
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