Harrison Butker response proves Kansas City Chiefs kicker on wrong side of history

The typical soccer fan might not now who Harrison Butker is. However they most likely ought to. The three-time Tremendous Bowl-winning kicker for the Patrick Mahomes-Travis Kelce period of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs is seeking to assist his workforce do one thing that no workforce has ever achieved: win three straight Tremendous Bowls.

However the kicker’s stellar performances on the sector had been overshadowed this weekend when Butker took the rostrum at a graduation ceremony at Benedictine School in Kansas and espoused viewpoints which may have made some marvel if he was as an alternative taking part in for Hank Stram’s Chiefs groups of the Sixties. 

The kicker’s stellar performances on the sector had been overshadowed this weekend when Butker took the rostrum at a graduation ceremony at Benedictine School.

Standing in entrance of a graduating class that included many younger ladies, the 28-year-old Butker claimed that whereas many ladies may “go on to guide profitable careers on this planet,” he believes extra of them are “most enthusiastic about your marriage and the youngsters you’ll carry into this world.” His spouse, Butker continued, would agree. Her “life really began when she began residing her vocation as a spouse and as a mom,” he informed the Catholic non-public liberal arts college college students. 

Not content material to speak nearly gender roles, Butker turned political as he criticized President Joe Biden and his Covid-19 insurance policies. “Issues like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, in addition to a rising help for degenerate cultural values and media all stem from pervasiveness of dysfunction,” he continued. Calling June’s Satisfaction Month “the lethal sin form of satisfaction,” Butker additionally particularly criticized the LGBTQ neighborhood, which he claimed promotes “harmful gender ideologies.”

The NFL’s senior vp and chief variety and inclusion officer stated Butker’s remarks don’t mirror the views of the league. However that’s about it. The Chiefs? No remark. Butker? No additional remark. Perhaps that’s for the very best for all concerned.

In a day and age the place hypocrisy has turn into as a lot the rule as the exception, I can’t assist however marvel what Colin Kaepernick is pondering as he stares from afar on the latest backlash, or lack thereof. Kaepernick final performed in an NFL sport on New Yr’s Day 2017. After a six-year run, together with 5 as a beginning quarterback and a visit to the Tremendous Bowl, the San Francisco 49er star’s profession was over on the age of 30 after he began talking out about racial justice points and police brutality.

Now we have to take a second to acknowledge the blatant hypocrisy that exists in how gamers leaping into politics immediately are handled by the NFL and its groups versus the way in which they had been handled lower than a decade in the past. Kaepernick’s profession crashed and burned, with many cheering stated crash on the grounds that athletes shouldn’t be weighing in on such weighty issues. Now, these hypocrites, many on the political proper, sit idly by, and even worse, might applaud the ignorance of a kicker telling ladies to remain at residence and come out infants in a subservient method whereas worshipping their husbands. The misogyny at play is staggering. 

And Butker’s feedback are solely probably the most dramatic instance of gamers dabbling within the tradition warfare swamp with out main consequence. Jets vaccine- and Covid-denying quarterback Aaron Rodgers lately appeared on Tucker Carlson’s present praising Russian President Vladimir Putin’s grasp of historical past, whereas questioning whether or not Biden may do the identical for the USA. This is identical Aaron Rodgers who has railed in opposition to vaccines, and who as soon as reportedly instructed to a CNN reporter that the Sandy Hook college taking pictures bloodbath didn’t actually occur.

The place are the protests? The place is Donald Trump, who personally attacked Kaepernick for taking a knee throughout the nationwide anthem. As soon as once more crickets. Crickets from a Jets group whose proprietor was appointed to a elaborate ambassador submit by Trump himself.

NFL groups detest distractions. A minimum of, that was one of many many causes we heard for why the league’s 32 groups punted on the concept of signing Kaepernick after he opted out of his contract with the 49ers following the 2017 season. Now, the league has determined to steal a play from the playbooks of politicians and firms. Simply wait it out. The outrage finally subsides, and other people transfer on. The Chiefs ought to half methods with Butker. The Jets ought to do the identical with Rodgers. As an alternative, each groups will doubtless do nothing. And why shouldn’t they? It really works each time.