New England Patriots coach Costs Belichick said on Monday he has chosen not to accept the Medal of Flexibility from U.S. President Donald Trump in the wake of recently’s siege of the Capitol by the president’s advocates. Politico reported on Sunday that Trump had actually planned to bestow the highest civilian honor on Belichick.

Trump deals with an attempt by Congressional Democrats to remove him from office after he prompted advocates to progress the Capitol during a rally where he duplicated false claims that the Nov. 3 election was “rigged” versus him. A minimum of five individuals died in the attack.

” I was used the chance to get the Governmental Medal of Flexibility,” Belichick said in a declaration. “Subsequently, the tragic occasions of last week happened and the decision has actually been made not to move forward with the award.” Belichick stated above all he was an American citizen “with fantastic reverence for our country’s worths, liberty and democracy.

” I understand I also represent my household and the New England Patriots group,” he continued. “… Remaining true to individuals, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any specific award.” The White Home was not instantly readily available for remark.

News that Belichick was being lined up for the Medal of Flexibility triggered widespread unfavorable response on social media. “If this story about Expense Belichick accepting a Medal of Liberty from the disgraced occupant of the White Home holds true, he’s dead to me,” Bob Ryan, a Boston Globe sports writer emeritus, wrote on Twitter. “State it ain’t so, Expense.”

In 2016, Trump read a glowing letter from Belichick while on the campaign trail, in which the coach praised his guts and leadership. It was criticized by some fans but did not seem to affect Belichick’s standing with players in the locker room. Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots, is also friendly with Trump.

The U.S. president has actually had a long-running battle with the National Football League over players kneeling during the nationwide anthem, a gesture that was first embraced by some Black gamers to protest versus racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Trump called on the league to prohibit players from kneeling in demonstration.

In the Patriots’ home state of Massachusetts, Trump received just 32% of votes cast in the presidential election in November. Joe Biden is set to be sworn in as the 46th U.S. president on Jan. 20.

” Costs is on the spot here,” Dan Shaughnessy, a long-time sports columnist for the Boston World, stated prior to Belichick’s statement. “If he receives the award, it makes things hard for him in his locker space and in this neighborhood.” With the Patriots dropping to their very first losing season given that 2000, Belichick requires good relations with players and potential totally free agents as they aim to shore up shortages on their lineup.

Belichick’s groups have won a record 6 Super Bowl champions but this season the Patriots published a 7-9 record without star quarterback Tom Brady, who is gunning for a seventh win with his brand-new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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