City of Kansas City staffer fired over Harrison Butker post

A Kansas City social media employee who wrote a now-deleted post on the city’s official account X that targeted Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has been fired.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said on KCMO Talk Radio that the employee was “fired” and He repeated the spokesperson’s statement. That was later in the day.

“The employee in question has been removed from the city’s staff for posting outside the scope of the city’s permitted communications and violating city policy. The city will not comment further on the post or the individual employee associated with the post,” the statement said.

The employee, whose name has not been released, appears to have rebelled following controversy surrounding a speech Butker gave at a recent Benedictine University graduation ceremony, in which he criticized President Joe Biden, the COVID-19 response, religion and working women.

Harrison Butker recently spoke at Benedictine University’s commencement ceremony. AP

Following the speech, the city’s official X account posted the following: “We are pleased to announce that Harrison Butker now resides in the City of Lee’s Summit.”

The post was deleted Both the city and Lucas have apologized. It was posted to social media shortly afterwards.

“The message was clearly inappropriate for a public account.” Lucas wrote to X at the time:“The City has appropriately apologized for this error, will review access to the account, and will ensure similar information is not shared through public channels in the future.”

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas said the employee had been “terminated” from his city job. AP

While the city may cut ties with former employees, that may not be the only impact they will face.

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey said: [Kansas City] “Butker last night for boldly expressing his religious beliefs was exposed.”[Butkerlastnightfordaringtoexpresshisreligiousbeliefs”

“I will enforce the Missouri Human Rights Act to ensure that Missourians are not targeted for the free exercise of their religion. Stay tuned.”

Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker (7) kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Chiefs the lead during the New York Jets’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Robert Sabo, NY Post

Bailey’s office also demanded documents from Lucas following X’s since-deleted post. KMBC reported.