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Patrick Mahomes Defends Fellow Chiefs Player Harrison Butker After Speech Backlash

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2023: Patrick Mahomes (number 15) of the Kansas City Chiefs runs off the field after the first half of a game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Avril Elfi from OAN
Thursday, May 23, 2024 5:27 PM

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes recently said that while many of his opinions don’t completely line up with those of Harrison Butker, he defends Butker’s choice to freely express his opinion during a controversial college graduation ceremony.

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Earlier this month, the Kansas City Chiefs kicker drew criticism when she publicly discussed Pride Month, abortion, birth control and working women during a commencement speech at Benedictine University.

Benedict University is a Catholic liberal arts university located in Atchison, Kansas.

During the Chiefs’ training session, Mahomes was asked what he thought about Butker’s recent comments.

“I don’t necessarily agree with some of the things he says, but I understand his character and he’s trying to do whatever he can to steer people in the right direction,” said Mahomes, who won three Super Bowls with Butker. “It might not be the same values ​​that I have, but at the same time, I’m going to judge him on the character that he shows every day. He’s a great guy and we’re going to continue to move forward and lift each other up and try to be better every day. But at the end of the day, we come together as a team and I think that helps eliminate distractions outside the building as well.”

In his speech, the NFL kicker told the female graduates in attendance that they had been lied to “the worst” of all, especially compared to their male counterparts. Butker also praised his wife for embracing her “calling to be a homemaker.”

Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wouldn’t comment on players’ personal opinions because both sides “respect each other’s opinions.”

“We’re a microcosm of life,” Reed said, “everyone comes from different areas, different religions, different races, so we all get along well and we respect each other’s opinions. We don’t necessarily follow them, but we respect that everyone has an opinion.” [That’s the] That’s what’s great about America. And like I said, we’re the epitome of that, and my hope is that everyone follows that example.”

However, the NFL also released a statement regarding the college speech, saying the league does not align with the specific views raised by Butker.

“Harrison Butker spoke in his individual capacity. His opinions do not represent those of the NFL organization,” NFL chief diversity officer Jonathan Bean said last week. “The NFL remains steadfast in its commitment to inclusion, which will only make the league stronger.”

Earlier this February, the Chiefs won their third Super Bowl championship.

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