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HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots speaks to the media after Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

PRESIDENT TRUMP wanted to give BILL BELICHICK the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week . . . but Belichick has turned him down.  In a statement, Bill said he was “flattered,” but after the tragic events of last week, he didn’t think it would be appropriate to accept the award.  He added, quote, “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.”

The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor.  Belichick endorsed Trump in 2016, but later said that he’s not a political person and just had, quote, “a friendship and loyalty to Donald.”