He hosted the team at the White House following its Super Bowl victory in 2017, although it did not make a return visit in 2019. But this season the Patriots posted a 7-9 win-loss record without star quarterback Tom Brady, who is gunning for a seventh win with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I write hundreds of letters and notes every month".
Prior to the 2016 US Election, Trump read out a letter from Belichick which congratulated him on a "tremendous campaign". The coach stated, "Above all, I am an American citizen", and he referenced 2020 conversations with his players about "social justice, equality and human rights". "Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and county I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award".
Trump and Belichick have known each other for several years. Politico notes that of the 25 recipients of the Medal of Freedom in Trump's term, 15 have been connected to sports, including; Tiger Woods, Lou Holtz, and Mariano Rivera.
Three of the awards were handed out behind closed doors the day after the Capitol Hill riots, all to professional golfers.
Rioters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday in support of Trump's bid to overturn November's election that saw Joe Biden triumph over the incumbent Republican.
Gerry Callahan, a conservative former sports columnist at the Boston Herald, said on his podcast on Monday that it was likely Belichick would not accept the award.
Bill Belichick umutoza ukomeye muri shampiyona ya National Football League yavuze ko atazemera ibyo yasabwe na Perezida Donald Trump ngo ahabwe umudari wa "Presidential Medal of Freedom", abitewe n'imyigaragambyo ku ngoro y'inteko ishingamategeko ya Amerika.
McGovern added that he would be "very disappointed" if Belichick were to accept the medal. And that was very, again, educational for me, as well as everybody else.
Bill Belichick embraces Tom Brady after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII past year.