New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick announced on Monday that he has declined to accept a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump, citing last week's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Trump was set to give the highest civilian honor to the 68-year-old this week, a White House official had previously told CBS News. A White House official told CBS News they were told about Belichick's decision before the Patriots released a statement. The White House declined to comment in response to it. Belichick said in a statement obtained by CBS News that he was "flattered" to have the opportunity to receive the medal, but the storming of the Capitol, which many have accused Mr. Trump of inciting, changed his mind. ESPN was first to have reported on Belichick's statement. "Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award," he said. "Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation's values, freedom and democracy." "I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team," he added. "One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award."