American football coach Bill Belichick is under intense pressure in the United States to reject a major award from US President Donald Trump. On Sunday, it was announced that the outgoing president wants to give the trainer the Medal of Freedom, the highest award a citizen can receive in the United States.
Belichick (68) has been a coach of New England Patriots for twenty years, which he led to the victory in the Super Bowl no less than six times. Trump wants to distinguish the successful and beloved coach in the last days of his presidency.
However, because Trump has been seriously discredited around the storming of the Capitol by his supporters, Belichick is called on various sides not to accept the medal. On Monday, the Democrats started impeachment proceedings against Trump, who must hand over the presidency to Joe Biden on January 20.
“If it is true that Belichick accepts the Medal of Freedom from the disgraceful White House occupier, then he is dead to me,” writes Bob Ryan, a prominent Boston Globe sports journalist. “Please tell me you’re not going to do this, Bill.”
Politician Jim McGovern, who represents Massachusetts (the Patriots’ hometown state) in the House of Representatives, calls it “shameful” for the coach to accept the medal. “The only correct thing Bill Belichick can say is no thank you.”
Belichick has not responded yet
Many fans of the football club are also calling on Belichick not to go to the White House to receive the Trump Medal of Freedom. They fear it will damage the club’s name and cause conflict within the team.
Four years ago, Belichick showed himself to be a supporter of Trump when he ran for president for the first time. During his tenure, Trump frequently clashed with NFL players, who knelt before games to protest against systematic racism in the US.
Belichick and the New England Patriots have not yet officially responded to Trump’s request. The team lost slightly more than half of its games this season and missed out on participation in the play-offs.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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