Bill Belichick Not Accepting Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump

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On Sunday, a White House official told Politico that Donald Trump planned to award Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week. On Monday, Belichick announced that he does not plan to accept the award:

As I wrote yesterday, Belichick wrote a letter congratulating Donald Trump on defeating Hillary Clinton, which Trump read aloud at a rally. While I suppose nothing involving the final days of Trump’s administration can be considered to be truly astonishing at this point, I am nevertheless surprised that the news of the medal was made public without a million percent knowing that Belichick would accept the award. Or maybe it was agreed to, but then Belichick got cold feet after the reaction? Belichick did say that he had planned to accept, but it seems hard to believe no confirmation was required after the events at the Capitol. Whatever the case, the snub now becomes the story.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Belicheat is a coward. Trump is still a billionaire and still had strong support from conservatives. All these people shitting on Trump because it’s fashionable among the Nazi media, do they really think Trump’s just gonna disappear never to be heard from again

  2. Woke Bill!! Now I know I am in the Twilight Zone. Remember that the dems never let a crisis go to waste. Their problem is they always overplay their hand. Polls came out today saying that Trump’s approval rating is around 48%. Pelosi comes in at 17%. So let’s keep talking about why people were in DC in the first place. If you run a banana republic election you get push back. I suggest everyone read Jason Whitlock’s piece in today’s Blaze. He nails it once again.

  3. ***Their problem is they always overplay their hand***

    Yup. Then consider the openness toward violence with the Capitol incident and the Nashville bombing within the last three weeks. Mix everything with all the fear, anger, and especially the paranoia infecting the country? We’re heading toward the Monsters on Maple Street.

  4. For Trumps sake, I hope he can live out the remainder of his days away from the psychotic hypocritical rage of the media.

    Those ppl get out of bed every day driven by nothing but hatred (capital ‘H’) in their hearts for anyone right of center.

  5. I sure hope Trump builds his own media empire and social media platform. What a coward Bill is. Just remember, for every action there is a reaction. I truly believe that goes for society as well.

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