Bill Belichick at Gillette Stadium on earlier this month. The New England Patriots head coach turned down the nation’s highest civilian honor from the president Monday, citing last week’s violent events at the Capitol.

FOXBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 03: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)