Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs kicker, whose mother is an accomplished medical physicist, faces backlash for controversial comments on women’s roles

Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs kicker, whose mother is an accomplished medical physicist, faces backlash for controversial comments on women’s roles

Controversial Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, who said a woman’s life doesn’t ‘truly’ begin until she gets married and has kids, is the son of an accomplished scientist. 

Elizabeth Keller Butker is a physicist working at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, according to her LinkedIn. 

She holds several academic accolades, including a degree in chemistry from Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts school in Massachusetts. 

The mother-of-two went on to earn her master’s degree in medical physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology before joining Emory in 1988, where she specializes in brachytherapy and Gamma Knife medical physics care.  

The revelation that Elizabeth is highly accomplished in the medical field follows her son’s sexist remarks during a commencement speech at Benedictine College last week

Harrison Butker’s mom, Elizabeth Keller Butker, is a physicist working at Emory University

The accomplished scientist holds several academic accolades, including a master's degree

The accomplished scientist holds several academic accolades, including a master’s degree

I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you,’ he said, before suggesting the female graduates were ‘most excited’ about getting married and having kids, rather than pursuing a career. 

‘I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother,’ he went on. 

‘Isabelle’s dream of having a career might not have come true. But if you ask her today, if she has any regrets on her decision, she would laugh out loud without hesitation and say, “heck no.”‘

The irony that Harrison was raised by an accomplished career woman, who he did not mention in his speech, was not lost on fans. 

Harrison made several sexist remarks during a speech at Benedictine College last week

Harrison made several sexist remarks during a speech at Benedictine College last week

He said his wife Isabelle's life 'truly started' when she got married and had children

He said his wife Isabelle’s life ‘truly started’ when she got married and had children

Elsewhere in the speech, the father-of-two said it was important for women to be homemakers

Elsewhere in the speech, the father-of-two said it was important for women to be homemakers

‘Did her life even begin? She didn’t lean into the vocation of homemaker that women are called for like her son said,’ one person joked on X.

‘Wonder what his mom thought about his speech?’ another chimed in. 

The 2017 seventh-round pick out of Georgia Tech has become one of the NFL’s best kickers, breaking the Chiefs’ franchise record with a 62-yard field goal in 2022 and earning three Super Bowl rings.

Though the Chiefs are yet to address his remarks, an NFL spokesperson said Harrison’s views ‘are not those of the NFL as an organization.’

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