A Washington lobbyist said Monday that he is preparing legislation that would ban gays athletes from playing in the NFL. Because, really, this is a matter of national security and should be fast-tracked to top of Congress' to-do list.
”We are losing our decency as a nation,” lobbyist Jack Burkman said in a statement, via The Hill. "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, who claims to have political support for the bill, said he came up with the idea after former Missouri linebacker Michael Sam announced earlier this month that he was gay.
“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman added, presumably while losing sight of the fact that he is a lobbyist, a profession not exactly known for its morals and values.
Sam responded, via Twitter with a Back to the Future reference:
Jack Burkman is going to need a Delorian, not some bogus bill, if he wants to prevent gay athletes from being in the locker room— Michael Sam (@MikeSamFootball) February 25, 2014
Also: Burkman doesn't know what he's talking about. Sam's announcement was widely lauded both inside and outside the NFL. On Tuesday, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said that a gay player would be welcome in Green Bay's locker room.
"I really don't think it'll be an issue," Matthews told Boomer and Carton. "I think it will be something more for the fans to use as fodder just like they would make fun of any other player. ...
"The unique thing about the NFL locker room is that every player can attest to that we don't see race, religion or sexual orientation. We see simply 'Can you help us win ball games? Can you help us produce on the football field?'"