New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will not travel to Washington to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom after the “tragic” events of Jan 6, according to a statement which he released on Monday evening.
The Medal of Freedom was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The award is considered the highest honor a civilian can achieve in the United States. As explained by The White House, it is awarded “to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Per reports, Belichick had initially planned to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump this week. However, the violent riots at the Capitol Building last week, apparently acted as the catalyst for Belichick to change his decision. Trump had previously named Belichick to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.
Belichick’s statement was shared via the Twitter account of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who was the first to report it.
–Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and Columnist for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. He is also the host of the Locked On Patriots podcast. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC