Mike Florio provides more detail on Bill Belichick declining Presidential Medal of Freedom


On Monday night, Bill Belichick released a statement saying he would not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It said he would not be moving forward with the award following the events of last week, as well as "remaining true to the people, team and country I love."

This came roughly 24 hours following reports surfacing that he would be receiving the award Thursday at the White House.

Tuesday, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio wrote Belichick received pressure from the Patriots organization not to accept the award.

Florio wrote: "'I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots football team,' Belichick said in the statement. This implies that he received pressure from his family and from the Patriots to decline the honor. As to the latter, he definitely did. Per multiple sources, Monday included extensive discussions and communications within the Patriots organization aimed at getting Belichick to choose a path that would preserve his reputation and the reputation of the team he coaches."

Many believed if Belichick did accept the award, he would have risked losing the Patriots locker room and perhaps hurt the Patriots' chances at signing some potential free agents both this season and beyond.