Belichick’s statement said:
“Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy,” Belichick said in the statement obtained by Sports Illustrated. “I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team. 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.”