Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker graduation speech
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker's commencement address at at Benedictine College missed the goal posts, criticizing Pride month, President Biden, and advocated for traditional gender roles. Photo by Theonewhoknowsnothingatall, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker Speech Falls Short, Ignites Controversy at Graduation Ceremony

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker stirred controversy with his commencement address at Benedictine College last weekend, where he unleashed a tirade against Pride month, President Biden’s leadership, and advocated for traditional gender roles.

In his roughly 20-minute speech, Butker condemned what he referred to as “dangerous gender ideologies,” seemingly targeting Pride month, which has been celebrated since the Stonewall riots in 1969. He also took issue with an Associated Press article highlighting a shift towards conservatism in some parts of the Catholic Church.

Addressing the audience, Butker questioned Biden’s policies, particularly his response to COVID-19, which has claimed nearly 1.2 million lives in the U.S. According to Butker, “The bad policies and poor leadership have negatively impacted major life issues. Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for degenerate cultural values and media all stem from the pervasiveness of disorder.”

Butker’s remarks also extended to the women in the audience, arguing that their most important role should be that of “homemaker.” While acknowledging that some women may pursue successful careers, Butker suggested that most are excited about marriage and motherhood.

The kicker’s outspoken comments have sparked controversy, especially given his status as a three-time Super Bowl champion. The Chiefs declined to comment on his commencement address.

Away from the podium, the Chiefs have faced their share of challenges this offseason. A proposed ballot initiative for stadium renovations was rejected by voters in Jackson County, Missouri, citing concerns about catering primarily to VIPs and the wealthy. Additionally, wide receiver Rashee Rice found himself in legal trouble after a high-speed crash and subsequent assault allegations.

As the Chiefs navigate these turbulent times, Butker’s remarks have added fuel to the ongoing debates surrounding politics, religion, and sports.

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