The highest award a president can bestow on a civilian is the Presidential Medal of Freedom. According to Wikipedia, it is awarded to those 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.”
It is an award that is rarely if ever, turned down.
Yesterday, New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick declined to accept the award from President Donald Trump. Evidently, his refusal was based on the riot at the United States Capitol last Wednesday.
Read the statement below from Bill Belichick, and then share your thoughts in the comment section. Do you agree or disagree with Belichick’s decision to decline the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
“Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients. Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award. Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.” –Bill Belichick