Kansas City removes Harrison Butker from team in response to controversial speech posted on X, sparking outrage

Kansas City removes Harrison Butker from team in response to controversial speech posted on X, sparking outrage

Harrison Butker has made plenty of enemies after controversially taking aim at women and the LGBTQ+ community over the weekend.

And even Kansas City appears to have distanced itself from the Chiefs kicker.

In a now-deleted post on its official X account, the Missouri city disowned Butker following his rant at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas on Saturday – which saw him suggest women are more excited about being housewives than pursuing careers before taking aim at Pride month.

‘Just a reminder that Harrison Butker lives in the City of Lee’s Summit,’ the post read.

Lee Summit, another Missouri city, is roughly 22 miles from Kansas and a 20-minute drive from the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium.

Shortly after hitting out at Butker, Kansas City’s X account removed the viral post and issued an apology.

Kansas City distanced itself from Harrison Butker (above) following his controversial speech

Kansas City distanced itself from Harrison Butker (above) following his controversial speech

The city's official X account were quick to delete the post before issuing this apology

The city’s official X account were quick to delete the post before issuing this apology

Butker, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs, was speaking to graduates at Benedictine College when he sparked outrage with his controversial remarks on Saturday

Butker, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs, was speaking to graduates at Benedictine College when he sparked outrage with his controversial remarks on Saturday 

‘We [apologize] for our previous tweet,’ it read. ‘It was shared in error.’

Butker was speaking to graduates at Benedictine College when he sparked outrage with his controversial remarks on Saturday.

As well as being labelled misogynistic for his views on women, the 28-year-old also assailed Pride month, a particularly important time for the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion as well as Covid-19 policies.

‘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 pervasiveness of disorder,’ he ranted. 

A day after his address at the college, a petition was set up to have Butker removed from the Chiefs’ roster ahead of the 2024 NFL season, which has now received over 100,000 signatures.

The blurb for the petition described the speech as ‘sexist, homophobic, anti-trans, anti-abortion and racist.’ 

The NFL has also distanced itself from the Kansas City player’s views on women, Pride month and more, insisting his comments do not reflect the opinions of the league.

As of Thursday morning, a petition demanding Butker be removed from the Chiefs had surpassed 80,000 signatures

As of Thursday morning, a petition demanding Butker be removed from the Chiefs had surpassed 80,000 signatures 

Butker celebrates on the field with his wife Isabelle and their son after defeating the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020

Butker celebrates on the field with his wife Isabelle and their son after defeating the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 19, 2020

‘Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity. 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,’ the league’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, Jonathan Beane, said.

‘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,’ Beane, who is also a senior vice president, said.

Butker’s comments have been reverberating around the internet for days now.  

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‘I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you,’ the Georgia Tech graduate said.

‘Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world,’ he said.

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

Butker said that his wife embraced ‘one of the most important titles of all. Homemaker.’

He also criticized as disparaging to the Catholic Church an article by The Associated Press highlighting a shift toward conservativism in some parts of the church.

The three-time Super Bowl champion delivered his roughly 20-minute address Saturday at the Catholic private liberal arts school in Atchison, Kansas, which is located about 60 miles miles north of Kansas City. 

He received a standing ovation from graduates and other attendees.

Butker’s speech at the Benedictine College in Kansas

‘It is safe to say that over the years, I have gained quite the reputation for speaking my mind,’ Butker said at the start of his speech.

He addressed the men in the room by saying: ‘To the gentlemen here today, part of what plagues society is this lie that has been told to you that men are not necessary in the home or in our communities. 

‘As men, we set the tone of the culture, and when that is absent, disorder, dysfunction and chaos set in. 

‘This absence of men in the home is what plays a large role in the violence we see all around the nation.

‘… Be unapologetic in your masculinity. Fight against the cultural emasculation of men. Do hard things. Never settle for what is easy.’

Butker even quoted Taylor Swift, although he only referred to her as his ‘teammate’s girlfriend’.

‘As my teammate’s girlfriend says, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’,’ he told the audience, referring to Swift’s song Bejeweled from her 2022 album Midnights. 

He also addressed the women at the ceremony: ‘I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolic lies told to you. 

‘Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world. 

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

‘I’m on this stage today, able to be the man that I am, because I have a wife who leans into her vocation.’

‘I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife, and embrace one of the most important titles of all, homemaker.’

Butker also criticised the Biden administration: ‘While COVID might have played a large role throughout your formative years, it is not unique,’ he said. 

‘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 the degenerate cultural values and media all stem from pervasiveness of disorder.’ 

 

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