Republicans draft legislation to ban gay players from NFL

Republicans are preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League (NFL).

Sam Stein at Huffington Post reports a Republican lobbyist is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the National Football League, a move some Republicans believe is necessary to prevent American society from sliding into indecency.

Raw Story reports Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman issued a statement saying that his firm, J M Burkman & Associates, is currently preparing the legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL.

In the statement Burkman wrote “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. What in the world has this nation come to?”

Burkman said work on the legislation began after college football star Michael Sam publicly revealed he is gay. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Mediaite reports Burkman said:

“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… I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them.”

Republican legislation attempting to ban gay players from the NFL only reinforces the notion that the GOP brand has become synonymous with bigotry, hatred and ignorance.

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  • cest_moi

    have to admit …… this is so absurd that i’m expecting to read in a couple days that this article originated on the onion

  • Ket Smith
  • JH

    “Jack Burkman, the CEO of Burkman LLC, said Monday that he would push Republican lawmakers to support the measure,”

    “Burkman’s own public relations firm broke the news of the legislation.”

    A search for “Burkman LLC” returns 131 results, all of which are this story.

    If there is any such thing as “Burkman LLC”, that’s a lot of effort to go to to get some ad views. Huffington Post lost all credibility a long time ago.

  • dvd1711

    He says the want to tell the NFL what is moral. He just showed them the example of what is NOT. Gun wielding drug taking wife beating – is that what that party wants?

  • MBear

    “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man”

    Umm…hate to break it to him, but the son most likely already has.
    And there’s also the possibility this has happend when he was showering alone!

    These people tend to forget that LGBT’s are friends, coworkers, sons, daughters, parents, and do all the same things as other people.

    That whole image of sexual predators lusting to get young boys and girls into a life of perversion? Well, that’s the priests that they’re thinking of. nice try tho

  • VeggieTart

    So, according to this guy, a cretin who dragged his girlfriend down the stairs by the hair is okay. A bully who sent racist emails to a teammate and all but drove him out of football is okay. A man implicated in a murder is okay. A scumbag who ran a dog fighting ring and took part in the murder of dogs is okay because, hey, he served his time. Drunk drivers are okay.

    But a law-abiding gay man is not okay? Really?

  • Eli

    I don’t think Congress has that kind of legislative power over the NFL.

    • ituri

      The real question is, do you think they *care* they don’t?

      • Eli

        I’m not even sure if they *know* they don’t…

  • James Leno

    Apart from the issue of homosexuality, this sounds to me like an intrusion by the federal government into the free market.

    Isn’t the GOP/TP against that?

  • so
    lobbyists are elected politicians now? And congress can tell the NFL
    who they can and can’t hire? Umm yeah. Paranoid libtards much?

    • JayBee12

      Just because the bill is patently unconstitutional… you know, like DOMA was… doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a shot at passing at least the House… a long shot because I would HOPE that the more moderate Republicans would shy away from this craziness, but I’ve sadly been surprised a few times by these nimrods. And apparently the lobbyists who are drafting the bill think that the government can do exactly that. You know, like they told Americans for several years who they could and couldn’t marry, or who they could and could’nt love and still serve their country. Maybe you ought to read up on recent history instead of hurl Tea Bags at people on the internet.

      • Ryan Hite

        The more moderate republicans are starting to disagree with policies of the more crazy ones.

      • JH

        (a) there is no bill, just a press release
        (b) in the unlikely event there was a bill, it would not be introduced
        (c) in the unlikely event it was introduced, it would be laughed out of committee
        (d) in the unlikely and disturbing-to-contemplate event it makes it to a vote it will be defeated unanimously with the vote including the idiot who introduced it
        (e) in the increasingly astronomically unlikely event it is not immediately defeated it would lose badly and in the absurd postapocalyptic scenario in which it actually passes the house it would just be ignored by the senate.


  • Kelly A

    “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man”

    any human who owns a gym membership, enrolled in the military or taken showers in high school already has. moron.

  • Ryan Hite

    If we ban drug users from the NFL…. that’s like half the players… They are more immoral. Stop trying to draw lines people.

  • ituri

    If your argument revolves around a SHOWER SETTING, you aren’t mature enough to talk about the subject in the first place. Every high school kid does this, and there are gay students in almost every classroom setting (statistically speaking, there usually will be at least one or even a few, depending on class size). Yet they don’t run home crying to their mommies and daddies. Just imagine it.

    OMG there was a gay person in the gym shower! And do you know what he did?! He SHOWERED! How dare they, they should skip showering altogether and stink the rest of the day because *I* think they’re animals who are going to rape-jump me in a public setting!

    Or, here in reality… gay people hitting the showers after physical activity just want to BATHE like everyone else.

    Basically, if your argument EVER brings up the “uncomfortable in the shower” nonsense, you are human garbage and deserve to be ignored by society until you can MAN UP and handle yourself like an adult in a civilized society.

    • JayBee12

      The above comment wins the argument… forever. Please Continue world!

  • calesuar

    This is all religion bullshit. This insane hate is learned, not natural. What we really need is legislation to stop the immoral religious indoctrination of children, as well as stop the spread of the notion that it is a good thing to build one’s beliefs simply on blind faith, that is, the word of men. Faith is a flawed epistemology, not to mention immoral and irresponsible.

    • David

      You’re engaging in equivocation over the meaning of the word “faith.”

  • A lot of good points here, but I’d like to approach this from a different angle.
    “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man.”
    I agree. That’s a pretty bad situation. If you are so intolerable, hate-filled, and bigoted, that you would rather your son not shower, than shower with a (minority flavour of your choice – homosexual in this case), your son should most certainly have the choice to not shower in a semi-public setting. Thankfully, I am not forced to shower in semi-public. I’m free to go the fuck home, and use my own damned shower. I would like to see the GOP investigate why people are being forced to shower in a semi-public setting, instead of running home, smelling of their own personality.

    • Kae Oz

      Their own shitty, shitty personality 🙂

  • Ichiroll

    Don’t agree with it? Fuck-off and watch something else..

  • dj Travey Travix

    What i don’t get is why sexual orientation is even being brought up for a dam sport. and many will say but its there job, ok whens the last time someone asked if you were gay during an interview? oh and WTF why are people trying to pass legislation on the issue?? just think they might allow gays
    to vote soon…. ( little humor referring to segregation)

  • brainwav93

    One idiot lobbyist is now “Republicans”? Are there any distortions to which you will not stoop?

  • Warren A. Dobler

    Why not just put in a separate Homosexual locker Room? They require Heterosexual Men to have separate showers from the sex they are attracted to. Why not treat homosexual Men the same way?

    • diversity

      Because it is unnecessary. gay men dont want to fvck every man they see.

      • Warren A. Dobler

        Neither do heterosexual men.

  • Wait, aren’t reporters of any sex and sexuality already allowed to interview players in the locker room?

  • Minuteman Militia

    Wow … what a BullCrap story.

  • Dave H

    ONE idiot lobbyist proposes his idea, and somehow that’s the agenda of the whole party? WTF?