Lobbyist Jack Burkman drafts bill to ban gay players from NFL
Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman announced on Monday that he is drafting a bill that would seek to ban gay athletes from being able to play in the NFL. Burkman said he got the idea for the legislation when Michael Sam came out two weeks ago.
“We are losing our decency as a nation,” he said in a statement, according to TheHill.com. “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”
Burkman said he has already drummed up political support for the bill, though he would not mention any lawmakers or politicians by name. He urged Congress to consider backing him.
“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman said.
Several prominent politicians, including president Barack Obama, have already publicly voiced their support for Sam. The former Missouri defensive end is looking to shift the focus toward football and away from his sexual preference, though it will be a while before that happens.
“Well, heck yeah, I wish you guys [the media] would just say, ‘Michael Sam, how’s football going? How’s training going?'” Sam said at the NFL Combine, via Eric Edholm of Shutdown Corner. “I would love for you to ask me that question. But it is what it is. And I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player.”
We have heard some stupid opinions on the subject of openly gay athletes playing in the NFL over the past two weeks, but Burkman easily wins the “Most Ignorant” award.