On Saturday night, President Trump revealed that he would be awarding his next Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian honor—to basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West.
Trump, commenting on a tweet from West Virginia University Basketball team, said his decision was based on West’s success on and off the court.
“The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his outstanding career, both on and off the court. Happy Birthday, Jerry!” Trump said in the tweet.
NBC News reports:
West spent his 14-year on-court career as a guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was an All-Star each season he played. He also led the team to nine NBA finals and became the third player in NBA history to score 25,000 points.
West is also the figure seen in the NBA’s iconic player logo.
Today, West serves as a special consultant to the Los Angeles Clippers. He left the Golden State Warriors as an executive board member to take the L.A. job in 2017.
And, via theAssociated Press:
West, a member of the basketball Hall of Fame who played guard for the Los Angeles Lakers and played college basketball at West Virginia University. No date was announced for the award for the 81-year-old West, who has also worked as a basketball executive.
Trump recently gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to golfing great Tiger Woods and plans to give one later this month to Arthur Laffer, the economist known as a leading proponent of supply-side economics.