On Sunday night, Politico reported that President Donald Trump is planning to award Patriots coach Bill Belichick with the President Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, on Thursday.
That immediately led to speculation about whether Belichick would accept and preemptive criticism of him if he does given everything that has happened over the last week. Neither Belichick nor the Patriots have commented yet.
Last Wednesday, Trump helped incite the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters, telling them in a rally beforehand to “fight like hell” to “take back our country” while repeating false claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen.
The rioters forcefully gained entry, vandalizing the Capitol and forcing lawmakers to evacuate, temporarily delaying the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory. Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the attack and dozens more were injured.
Trump is now potentially facing a second impeachment, with Democrats in the House of Representatives expected to introduce at least one article on Monday.
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday morning, CBS analyst and WFAN host Boomer Esiason said that if he were in Belichick’s position, he would decline the Medal of Freedom and go nowhere near Trump right now.
“If it were me, given the circumstances over the last two weeks, I would not accept it,” Esiason said. “That’s just me. I don’t know about their relationship. I don’t really know how close they are. I don’t want to take any great award away from anybody, but given the political climate right now and what happened at the Capitol, and how it happened, I just couldn’t step foot in the White House right now.”