United States – The NFL has disassociated itself from an affecting commencement speech by Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker in which he told women to put motherhood ahead of careers and denounced President Joseph R Biden Jr and his stance on abortion and misogynistic conduct.

Jonathan Beane, a senior vice president and the National Football League’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, stated Butker’s opinions are “not representative of the NFL as a whole” and reaffirmed the league’s dedication to inclusivity.

Butker, 28, who won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Chiefs, made the comments last Saturday during the commencement ceremony at Benedictine College, a private conservative Catholic liberal arts school in Kansas.

Backlash and Petition

Despite receiving a standing ovation, Butker received much backlash from his speech on social media. A Change.org petition urging the Chiefs to release Butker had nearly 180,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

Controversial Remarks

In the speech, Butker also referred to Pride Month – the annual LGBTQ celebration that takes place in June – as “the deadly sin sort of pride” and said that some Catholics are “trying to push dangerous gender ideologies upon young America”. He described Biden as a delusional person for thinking it is possible to be a Catholic and support abortion at the same time.

He also has a message for men… be proud of being a man and fight against emasculation of men! He also had a message for women to stay at home and take care of the families!

“Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world,” he said.

He said his wife would say her life began only after she embraced “one of the most important titles of all: “homemaker,” garnering a long round of applause.

School’s Response

However, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, which co-established the college that later became Benedictine College, told the AP that they did not think Butker’s remarks reflected the school.

“Instead of promoting unity in our church, our nation, and the world, his comments seem to have fostered division,” they said in a statement on Facebook. “One of our concerns was the assertion that being a homemaker is the highest calling for a woman.”

Support and Opposition

Social media critics also mentioned that Butker’s mother is a physicist with a lot of expertise.

Scores of conservatives and pro-life advocates rallied around Butker. Kristan Hawkins, the president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life, wrote a post on X, ‘supporting Butker who stood up so heroically in a society that discriminates against Catholic and conservative values. ’

The Chiefs and representatives for Butker didn’t immediately comment on Friday.

Butker also played football at Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Chiefs in the 7th and final round of the 2017 NFL draft. He is the second-best field goal kicker in NFL history, with a career percentage of 89%, and a Super Bowl winner thrice.