Republican Writes Bill to Ban Gay Players From NFL
Despite openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam being largely embraced by the football world, Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman has penned a bill that would ban gay players from playing in the National Football League. According to Huffington Post, one Senator and five House members are considering sponsoring the legislation.
Burkman released a statement to the media, saying “We are losing our decency as a nation. Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country.”
“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman added.
Although he didn’t name any lawmakers considering getting behind the bill, he insisted that the low level support could soon turn into five Senators and 36 House members.
Burkman is the founder and president of lobbying firm JM Burkman & Associates. According to The Hill, his firm has signed 70 new clients in the past year, the most of any K Street lobbying firm.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Burkman said that as a conservative, he dislikes the idea of government getting involved in a private business, but “there are times when that is trumped for reason of great urgency or necessity. And I think this is it, because I see the society sliding in the wrong direction.”
“I felt that if the NFL doesn’t have any morals, and people like [Commissioner] Roger Goodell, who are just go-along-get-along guys, just want to appease advertisers, appease corporate America and all that stuff,” Burkman added, “I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them.”
When asked if this bill was at all unlike Major League Baseball’s longtime ban on African-American players, Burkman replied “This is not about bigotry. It is about common decency and civility. Society is moving to a point where we are going to have unisex bathrooms and the next generation thinks that is OK.”
Michael Sam, the 2013 SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year for Missouri, is expected to be taken before the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft which would make him the first ever openly gay active NFL player in the league’s history. Last week, Jason Collins signed with the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay active player in any of the nation’s four major sports leagues.