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NFL responds Harrison Butker controversial graduation speech

NFL clarifies Harrison Butker's controversial commencement speech at Benedictine College does not represent the league's views, emphasizing commitment to inclusion.

The NFL has made it crystal clear that Harrison Butker's recent commencement speech at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., does not reflect the views of the league as a whole. The Kansas City Chiefs kicker faced backlash for his speech, where he touched on controversial topics such as abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, and the role of women.

In response to the criticism, the NFL's senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, Jonathan Beane, stated that Butker's remarks were made in his personal capacity and do not align with the league's commitment to inclusion. Beane emphasized that the NFL values diversity and believes it strengthens the organization.

During his speech, Butker delved into political and religious subjects, even quoting lyrics from Taylor Swift's song "Bejeweled," who is the girlfriend of his teammate Travis Kelce. He expressed his views on the role of women, suggesting that marriage and motherhood are paramount for female graduates. Additionally, Butker made controversial comments about the LGBTQ+ community, labeling Pride Month as "deadly sin pride" and criticizing gender ideologies.

The kicker also addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young individuals, attributing societal issues such as abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, and cultural values to bad policies and poor leadership. Despite the backlash, Butker stood by his statements.

E! News reached out to representatives for Swift, Butker, and the Chiefs for comment but has not received a response. The controversy surrounding Butker's speech highlights the importance of understanding the repercussions of expressing personal beliefs in a public forum, especially when representing a prominent organization like the NFL.

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