The highest honour an American can obtain from their authorities, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded by the US president to individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
William Stephen Belichick, an American skilled soccer coach who serves as the top coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League, was invited by the Trump White House to obtain the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On Monday, nonetheless, the longtime buddy to POTUS mentioned he would flip down the award within the wake of final Wednesday’s lethal assault on the US Capitol, which resulted within the deaths of 5 individuals, together with a US Capitol police officer.
According to a press release obtained by ESPN, the Patriots head sofa was “flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients” but the occasions of final week affected his choice to reject the award.
The information of the proffered Presidential Medal of Freedom to a person thought of by insiders to be probably the most completed coach in US soccer historical past has prompted questions on whether or not Belichick would stand by his buddy after a lethal assault on the US Capitol as Congress was within the course of of confirming Joe Biden as the following US president.
In latest weeks, Trump has chosen a number of sports activities figures and political backers for the very best American civilian honor, together with Hall of Fame golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player, multisport athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias, and GOP House members and Trump loyalists Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan.