Saturday, 23 January, 2021


Bill Belichick will not travel to Washington, accept Presidential Medal of Freedom

Bill Belichick Trump's planned Medal of Freedom for Pats' Belichick stirs outcry in Boston
Noah Ferguson | 13 January, 2021, 11:17

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) listens to New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick deliver remarks during an event celebrating the team's Super Bowl win on the South Lawn at the White House April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The honor for Belichick comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is increasing pressure to force Trump from office before the end of his term on January 20, after Trump incited a mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while Congress was in the process of confirming Joe Biden as his successor.

In Massachusetts, the announcement drew the kind of scrutiny to which the six-time Super Bowl champion is unaccustomed. "Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award", he said in a statement.

"Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation's values, freedom and democracy". 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.

News that Belichick was being lined up for the Medal of Freedom sparked widespread negative reaction on social media.

It was to be one in a late flurry of presentations that also included golfers Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and the late Babe Zaharias. The PGA, for instance, bailed on plans to hold its 2022 championship at a Trump property, citing the toxicity of being associated with the president's brand.

The architect of the Patriots dynasty wrote Trump a letter of support that the candidate read aloud the night before the 2016 election at a rally in New Hampshire, a bastion of the team's fandom.

The Medal of Freedom, created by John Kennedy in 1963, is awarded to individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors".

Trump has also awarded the honour to political allies and right-wing extremists Rush Limbaugh, Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Devin Nunes, decisions considered by many as an affront to nation's highest civilian honour.

Belichick has said he has a friendship with Trump that "goes back many years". Belichick was planning on receiving the word-but pressure mounted after a mob of the president's supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol.

Belichick has served on Trump's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition since 2018, according to ESPN. "Bill Belichick should do the right thing and say, 'No thanks'". The team's owner, Robert Kraft, is a friend of the president.

Recommended

loading...
...

Al Qaeda established new home base in Iran, alleges US Al Qaeda established new home base in Iran, alleges US Pompeo said Al Qaeda had centralised its leadership inside Tehran and that deputies of leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri are now there. Bush administration of Iranian links to al Qaeda's 11 September, 2001, attacks on the United States have been discredited.

Netflix Releases Film Preview for 2021 Netflix Releases Film Preview for 2021 The streamer shared the news on its official Twitter page in a video featuring some of the stars attached to these projects. The Netflix 2021 schedule includes 18 dramas, nine thrillers , eight animated films and eight romances.

Ontario issues Stay at Home order to address COVID-19 crisis Ontario issues Stay at Home order to address COVID-19 crisis The Ontario government has declared a second provincial emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic as case numbers continue to spike. Theresa Tam said Tuesday we should start to see the impact of those groups being vaccinated within a month or two.

Dana White Shares Fate Of Lightweight Title If Khabib Stays Retired Dana White Shares Fate Of Lightweight Title If Khabib Stays Retired For example, previous year he teased a boxing match against Manny Pacquiao , although it ultimately didn't come to fruition. Dustin Poirier , it seems that the UFC chief is also as much hyped-up about the fight.

Vivo Y51A with triple rear camera launched at Rs 17990 Vivo Y51A with triple rear camera launched at Rs 17990 Expanding its portfolio of affordable smartphones in India, Vivo has introduced the Y12s model in the country at Rs. 9,990. The launch offers include a zero down payment scheme on Bajaj Finserv, Home Credit, IDFC First Bank, and more.

Prince Charles reveals action plan for businesses to tackle climate change Prince Charles reveals action plan for businesses to tackle climate change BlackRock, AstraZeneca, EY, Unilever, Heathrow Airport, HSBC and Fidelity International are also supporting the initiative. The charter puts sustainability at the heart of the private sector.

Bruce Willis told to leave Rite Aid for not wearing mask Bruce Willis told to leave Rite Aid for not wearing mask It is unclear what brought Willis back to Los Angeles, which has become the epicenter of coronavirus in the state of California. Per Page Six , the actor was asked to leave a Rite Aid in Los Angeles because he refused to wear a mask.

This Bacteria Lurking in Your Gut May Worsen COVID Symptoms, Research Finds This Bacteria Lurking in Your Gut May Worsen COVID Symptoms, Research Finds Of the 86 participants needing a ventilator in Jin Yin-tan Hospital, 56 percent now suffer from diffusion impairment. The findings also suggest that patients with more severe disease performed worse in the six-minute walking test.

Lana Del Rey clarifies cover art concept of forthcoming album Lana Del Rey clarifies cover art concept of forthcoming album We're all a attractive mix of everything - some more than others which is visible and celebrated in everything that I do'. First she wrote that the people on the album cover are her best friends.

Greater Manchester's mass COVID-19 vaccination centre opens Greater Manchester's mass COVID-19 vaccination centre opens And for those outside of this catchment, in highly rural areas, the vaccine will be brought to them via mobile teams. The UK will go through the "most risky time" of the pandemic in the weeks before vaccine rollout has an impact.

Renault Formula One team principal Abiteboul leaves team Renault Formula One team principal Abiteboul leaves team De Meo thanked Abiteboul for transitioning the team from backmarkers to podium winners in the space of five seasons. Davide Brivio, the former boss of Moto GP team Suzuki, is also expected to join to Alpine stable in some capacity.

Riot fallout: Top golf tourneys pull out of Trump courses Riot fallout: Top golf tourneys pull out of Trump courses On Monday morning, the R&A announced it had no plans to host a British Open at Trump Turnberry in Scotland. The damage could have been irreparable.

All passengers coming into Ireland to require negative test result All passengers coming into Ireland to require negative test result The scheme requires a test to be taken on or after the fifth full day since leaving a country not on the travel corridor list. New arrivals who flout the rules will face a minimum £500 fine, while the operator who transported them will also be fined.

Seattle man charged with assaulting a federal officer during Capitol riots Seattle man charged with assaulting a federal officer during Capitol riots One officer got in trouble for wearing a MAGA hat and directing rioters, and another took a selfie with an intruder. Capitol Police officers lined up in front of the Capitol building to watch the procession for Sicknick go by.

Ontario issues stay-at-home order to start Thursday Ontario issues stay-at-home order to start Thursday But another 41 people died in the province since Monday and 138 more were admitted to hospital because of COVID-19. Individuals are still required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations.