Donald Trump, Bill Belichck, Julian Edelman

Patriots Bill Belichick will not be going to DC to accept the Medal of Freedom from President Trump.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Monday night that he will not receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.”

Donald Trump, Bill Belichck, Julian Edelman

In a one-paragraph statement, the six-time Super Bowl winning coach did not say explicitly that he had turned down the offer from President Donald Trump, instead explaining “the decision has been made not to move forward with the award” in the wake of last week’s deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol.

Donald Trump, Bill Belichck, Julian Edelman

“Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients,” the coach said in a statement.