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Bill Belichick declines Medal of Freedom

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump wanted to award at least one more medal of freedom this week but New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick says he does not want it.

In a statement Monday night, Belichick said he respects what the honor represents but he can't move forward with receiving it after the deadly capitol riots last week.

It's the nation's highest civilian honor given to people who've made important contributions from everything from national security to culture and sports.

In recent weeks, President Trump has awarded several athletes and coaches who have supported him.

Belichick was supposed to receive the honor on Thursday.

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