May 21, 2024

NFL Says They Do Not Agree with Harrison Butker After He Voices Christian Values

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker delivered a robust tackle espousing Christian values to a gaggle of graduates at Benedictine College on Saturday.

Now, the NFL is saying they disagree with Butker.

In his graduation speech, the Butker blasted President Joe Biden for his pro-abortion stances, urged male grads to embrace masculinity, and championed the virtues of motherhood by telling feminine graduates there is no such thing as a larger calling than being a homemaker.

On Wednesday, in an announcement to People, NFL Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Jonathan Beane clarified that Butker’s values should not the NFL’s.

Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs kicks a field goal during the NFL Super Bowl 58 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the...

Harrison Butker #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs kicks a discipline aim in the course of the NFL Super Bowl 58 soccer recreation between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

“Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity,” Beane wrote. “His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

In addition to chatting with graduates in regards to the anti-Christian values the present administration holds concerning abortion and motherhood, in addition to the “cultural emasculation of men,” Butker additionally mentioned that Pride Month represented “deadly sins.”

The NFL’s assertive stance that the league doesn’t share Butker’s conventional Christian values stands in stark distinction to how the NFL handed the scenario of notorious nationwide anthem protester Colin Kaepernick. The league by no means disagreed with his flagrantly anti-American and anti-police statements.

However, when Butker speaks on Christian values to a Christian viewers at a Christian college, the league apparently feels the necessity to distance themselves from the feedback.

In truth, not solely did the NFL not right Kaepernick’s excessive views, however additionally they adopted key factors of his trigger and created Inspire Change, a social justice initiative. Which liberally donates tens of thousands and thousands yearly to teams, a few of whom advocate for defunding or abolishing the police.

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers kneels during the anthem prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on...

Colin Kaepernick, #7 of the San Francisco 49ers, kneels in the course of the anthem earlier than the sport in opposition to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

And, in fact, the NFL had way more trigger to voice their dissent from Kaepernick’s views, not simply because they had been repulsive but in addition as a result of the previous 49er was making their clients a captive viewers (who disagreed with him, overwhelmingly) by holding his protest earlier than a stay recreation in addition to utilizing NFL amenities to offer interviews about his warped worldview.

Harrison Butker expressed his views on his personal time and on the invitation of a gaggle of people that agreed with him. Technically, the NFL shouldn’t have mentioned something except they needed to, which they did, and that’s the drawback.

So, in different phrases, if the NFL is looking for to speak that their values are extra in line with Colin Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter as a substitute of Christian household males like Harrison Butker, they’re doing a wonderful job of it.