Chiefs Kicker Encourages Female Graduates to 'Embrace' Being a ‘Homemaker’

Harrison Butker Jason Hanna/Getty ImagesKansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is facing backlash after making comments about his wife during a graduation speech over the weekend — and encouraging women to embrace their role as “homemakers.” Butker, 28, was addressing students as the commencement speaker at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas on Saturday, May 11, when he singled out his female audience. “For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment,” he said. “You should be proud of all that you have achieved to this point in your young lives. I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you.” He continued, “How many of you are sitting here now, about to cross this stage, and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you are going to get in your career? Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world but I would venture to guess that the majority of y

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Chiefs Kicker Encourages Female Graduates to 'Embrace' Being a ‘Homemaker’
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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker is facing backlash after making comments about his wife during a graduation speech over the weekend — and encouraging women to embrace their role as “homemakers.”

Butker, 28, was addressing students as the commencement speaker at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas on Saturday, May 11, when he singled out his female audience.

“For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment,” he said. “You should be proud of all that you have achieved to this point in your young lives. I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you.”

He continued, “How many of you are sitting here now, about to cross this stage, and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you are going to get in your career? 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.”

At one point, he also brought up Taylor Swift — but not by name.

“As my teammate’s girlfriend says, ‘familiarity breeds contempt,'” Butker said, referring to Travis Kelce and quoting Swift’s “Bejeweled.”

Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker and Wife Isabelle's Relationship Timeline

The athlete then brought up his wife, Isabelle, who he claimed would be the “first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother.” He then credited her for being the reason he is “the man I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation.”

Butker went on to detail more of the impact his wife, who married the Super Bowl star in 2018, has made on his life.

@ericaf455

Graduating #women should lean in to the vocation of being a homemaker??!!                            
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