NFLUS coach Bill Belischik of the New England Patriots Football Club has rejected the White House’s invitation to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump. It is the highest award awarded to citizens of the United States.
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 and entered the Capitol. 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.
Recently, I was offered the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I was very flattered about it, for what the award represents and for the admiration of the people who received it earlier, “Bilesik wrote. This was followed by the tragic events of the past week and a decision was made not to accept the award. I am an American citizen with great respect for the values, freedom and democracy of our country.”
“I know that I represent my family and the New England Patriots,” said the skilled trainer. In 2020, the leadership within the club began discussions about social justice and human rights. This has led to promotions, which is one of the best things of my career. Continuing these efforts and remaining loyal to the people, the team and my country is more important to me than getting an individual award. “
Trump was supported in his 2016 presidential campaign by Beleshik and Patriots owner Robert Kraft and then superstar Brady.
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