Hours After Resigning, Kansas City’s Ex-LGBTQ Commission Chair Blasts Harrison Butker After Chiefs Star’s Controversial Speech

Published 05/15/2024, 10:45 AM EDT

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Harrison Butker might be a star when it comes to splitting the uprights for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he fumbled when it came to delivering his commencement speech. At Benedictine College last weekend, Butker sparked controversy with his outspoken views, tackling topics like Pride Month and working women.

Known for his conservative Catholic stance, Butker used his 20-minute address to criticize what he referred to as ‘dangerous gender ideologies’, a clear jab at Pride Month. His remarks didn’t sit well with everyone, notably drawing the ire of Justice Horn, former Chair of Kansas City’s LGBTQ Commission. And it looks like Butker’s words missed their mark this time.

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In response to Harrison Butker’s comments, Justice Horn took to the social media platform ‘X’ to call out the Chiefs’ kicker. Horn’s post read, “Harrison Butker doesn’t represent Kansas City, nor has he ever. Kansas City has always been a place that welcomes, affirms, and embraces our LGBTQ+ community members.” This bold statement came just hours after Horn resigned as the Commission Chair and announced his departure from Kansas City in a letter to the City Council.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs opted to stay on the sidelines, declining to comment on Butker’s commencement notes. His speech, which criticized Pride Month and working women, has generated significant backlash, with Harrison’s conservative beliefs taking center stage. Adding to the team’s recent off-field dramas, this incident follows another mishap involving the Chiefs.


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Last week, law enforcement officials informed ‘The Dallas Morning News’ that player Rashee Rice was suspected of assault. The chaotic exchange was allegedly spotted at a downtown nightclub. However, Dallas police did not explicitly name Rice in their report. With these back-to-back controversies, the Chiefs have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

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It’s been a rough offseason for the Chiefs, with one misstep after another. This marks the third time the team’s players have been caught in unpopular situations. Just last month, Jackson County voters rejected a bill aimed at rebuilding the Arrowhead and Royals Stadium. Adding to the off-field drama, Rashee Rice turned himself in to connect with the Dallas police as he faced multiple charges.


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His troubles included allegations of aggravated assault, followed by a high-speed crash that injured four people. While Rice admitted to being the driver of one of the cars, reports claimed that the vehicle was going over 100 mph. Moreover, video evidence shows him leaving the scene without offering help or information. With these incidents piling up, the Chiefs are definitely feeling the heat off the field.


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Jhelum Mehta


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