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Belichick Won’t Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom After All

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, waves to spectators after teeing off on the first hole…

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced Monday night that he will not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.” 

In a one-paragraph statement, the six-time Super Bowl-winning coach did not say explicitly that he had turned down the offer from President Donald Trump, whom he has called a friend. Instead, Belichick explained, “the decision has been made not to move forward with the award” in the wake of last week’s deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol. 

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