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NFL Speaks Out Against Harrison Butker’s Controversial Speech

The NFL is speaking out after Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker drew intense criticism controversial commencement speech at Benedictine College Last weekend.

“Harrison Butker spoke in his personal capacity,” said Jonathan Beane, NFL senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer People in a statement. “His views do not align with those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL remains steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

The three-time Super Bowl champion turned heads when he gave a roughly 20-minute speech Saturday at the private Catholic liberal arts school in Atchison, Kansas, about 60 miles north of Kansas City.

Butker, who has made his conservative Catholic beliefs known, began his address with an attack on what he called “dangerous gender ideologies,” apparently referring to Pride Month, which has taken place since the Stonewall riots in 1969 June is celebrated. He also criticized an article by The Associated Press This highlights a shift towards conservatism in some parts of the Catholic Church.

The 28-year-old Butker then took aim President Joe BidenAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he has addressed his policies, including his response to COVID-19, which has killed nearly 1.2 million people in the United States.

“While COVID may have played a large role in your formative years, it is not an isolated incident,” he said. “Bad policies and poor leadership have had a negative impact on important life issues. Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, and growing support for degenerate cultural values ​​and media are all due to pervasive disorder.”

Harrison Butker, No. 7 of the Kansas City ChiefsPerry Knotts/Getty Images

Butker later addressed the women in the audience and argued that their “most important title” should be that of “housewife.”

“I believe it is you, the women, who have been told the most diabolical lies,” Butker said. “Some of you may go on to have successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most looking forward to your marriage and the children you will bring into this world. I can tell you this, my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say that her life truly began when she began living her calling as a wife and mother.

The Decatur, Georgia kicker also cited Taylor Swiftsang the song “Bejeweled” while addressing the graduates.

“As my teammate’s girlfriend says, ‘Familiarity breeds contempt,'” Butker said. referring to Travis Kelce.

While the Chiefs declined to comment on Butker’s acceptance speech, the former Kansas City commissioner Judge Horn criticized the address on social media.

“Harrison Butker does not represent Kansas City and never has. “Kansas City has always been a place that welcomes, affirms and embraces our LGBTQ+ community members,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

“One of the worst parts of this NFL player’s terrible speech is that he quoted a Taylor Swift song before telling women to be housewives and take care of their husband’s careers,” the LGBTQ+ publication said OutSports wrote in a post on X.

It’s not that Butker spoke about Swift for the first time. In a recent interview with EWTN News in detailthe Butker said about his first meeting with the 34-year-old “Bad Blood” singer.

“I wouldn’t say I’m a Swiftie, but I met her after our New Year’s game,” Butker recalls. “And I rarely go out… I went to a party – and it was very innocent, I was wearing a suit and tie to the party – but Travis showed up and Taylor was there and I met her and she was just so humble and so lovely.

“I don’t think she grew up as a soccer fan, so everything is so cool for her – especially as a kicker, she thinks it’s great that I can kick the ball so far through the posts,” he continued. “I was a little nervous about meeting Taylor Swift. I mean, it’s Taylor Swift. So maybe I’m a Swiftie if I was nervous about meeting her. It was a great experience and I can’t say enough great things about her.”

Kelce, 34, and Swift were going strong since summer 2023, and they show no signs of slowing down. Of their relationship, Butker said: “I hope they get married and start a family.”

Given his recent comments, some would say that Butker hasn’t been listening to Swift’s music as closely as he should. Flavor Flav, a powerful-voiced Swiftie and founding member of Public Enemy, went on social media to confront the NFL player over his derogatory speech.

“Sounds like some players need to ‘stay in their lanes’ and not make opening statements,” Flav wrote on X.


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