Is Bill Belichick un-American for not accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
BQ: Has anyone else ever declined? Seems weird.
- Francisco LopezLv 42 months ago
No but Trump is. Belichick didn't incite anyone to overthrow the government. He just cheated.
- curtisports2Lv 72 months ago
No one is un-American for exercising a right they have AS a free American.
The award began as an honor for civilians who performed great service to their country during WW II. JFK broadened the scope.
At least two others declined the medal. When LBJ made the award to both JFK, posthumously, and Jackie Kennedy, she declined the award for herself.
In 1945, one of the initial award was made to Moe Berg, who was known as a professional ballplayer of not extreme skill, but was a highly-educated man who spoke numerous languages. His unique combinations of skill and sport made him the perfect spy. The barnstorming tours of Japan by US baseball teams, notably teams with Ruth and Gehrig, were the perfect excuse to have Berg go along. On the 1934 tour, Berg took along his movie camera and took very helpful film of Japanese military installations - Japan was already causing trouble in the Pacific and the US saw it as a potential enemy. Berg continued his clandestine activities into WW II. But upon being awarded the medal, he refused it. It is reported that upon his death in the 1960s, his sister claimed it on behalf of the family and donated it to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- ndmagicmanLv 72 months ago
Belichick has common sense.
Why would anyone want to be associated in any way, shape, or form with the disaster that is Trump?
- 2 months ago
why would anyone accept a medal from a treasonous orange fool-aid drinking fascist dick-tater wannabe
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- Const. KingLv 72 months ago
Belichick should have accepted it. The way he is coaching that will be the last award he will ever receive.
- 2 months ago
Trump is a traitor and should be given medal of disgrace
- 2 months ago
NO not at all he realized trump is a criminal besides trump has tarnished that medal anyone who got one from him should be embarrassed by it hell he gave one to little jim jordan the trump *** kissing predators type of congressman .
- EntropyLv 72 months ago
It was an obvious political ploy by Trump to distract from his upcoming re-impeachment, possible removal by the 25th, and likely incarceration within 2 years of leaving the WH. Belichick didn't want to be used for Trump's politics. Belichick did nothing deserving of a Medal. He wins football games and mumbles.
If Trump were smart (notice the IF) he would have a plane waiting to take him to a country with no extradition treaty so that as soon as Biden walks up onto the stage to be sworn in by the Chief Justice, Trump can already be in international waters.
- Anonymous2 months ago
He didn't want the backlash from the far left idiots in charge of everything right now
Belichick and Trump are good friends. I'm sure he wouldn't turn it down for the reasons a lot of people are imagining.
- LegFuJohnsonLv 72 months ago
No one has ever been offered the medal by a President who started a riot at the Capitol a week earlier. Seems like a reasonable decline.