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NFL distances itself from Chiefs speech at Harrison Butker’s Benedictine College

In response to the controversy surrounding Harrison Butker’s commencement speech at Benedictine College, the NFL distanced itself from the ideas expressed in the speech, saying the league did not share the beliefs expressed by the Kansas City Chiefs kicker addressing graduate students.

During the opening speech, Butker referred to Pride Month as an example of “deadly sins.” He also addressed gender ideologies and said that a woman’s most important title is ‘housewife’.

“Not the kind of deadly sins pride that an entire month is devoted to,” Butker said, “but the true God-centered pride that cooperates with the Holy Spirit to glorify Him.”

Butker spoke for more than 20 minutes with students at the Catholic school in Atchison, Kansas, saying he wanted the class to prevent political leaders from interfering in social issues that impact their relations with the Church.

In response, Jonathan Beane, NFL senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, said in a statement to Athleticism that Butker gave the speech “in his personal capacity.”

“His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in its commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger,” Beane said. His statement was first reported by People.

The Chiefs declined to comment when contacted Thursday by Athleticism.

As Pride Month, which takes place in June, falls outside of the NFL season, the league participates in LGBTQ+ initiatives. On the Wednesday before Super Bowl LVIII, the NFL hosted a “Night of Pride” event in partnership with GLAAD, the LGBTQ+ advocacy organization. The Chiefs are one of the NFL teams offering a selection of rainbow-colored Pride apparel. Kansas City is also one of several North American cities hosting Pride events in June, led by the KC Pride Community Alliance.

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