Michael Sam just got done breaking down a huge wall. Two weeks ago, he became the first NFL prospect to come out as gay. Now just a short time later, one man is trying to end his dreams of becoming a professional football player. That man would be Washington lobbyist, Jack Burkman.
In an incredibly strange but true story, Burkman is preparing a bill that would ban gay athletes from joining the NFL. Here’s an official statement from Burkman:
“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? If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it.”
What has this nation come to? That’s indeed the question. But we should be asking it about Burkman and those like him. Are you kidding me? The only ‘horrifying’ thing here is that people still think like Mr. Burkman. It’s one thing to not support a gay lifestyle, it’s another to say that athletes should be denied a chance at their dreams because they happen to be attracted to the same sex. It doesn’t make a bit of sense.
As a society we have a long way to go before homosexuals are truly treated equal. We’ve made strides, but things still aren’t truly equal across the board for all groups of people. However, when it comes to the NFL, there should be no debate about who’s allowed to play and who’s not. Sexual orientation simply should not factor into the equation. If a guy can play football, he can play football. What the athlete wants to do with their relationship time outside of football, is no one’s business but their’s.
Jack Burkman will sadly have some supporters. People really are that narrow-minded. But hopefully, the majority of people in this country will laugh at his proposed bill. After all, it will probably be the most ridiculous piece of news you’ll come across today.
Note to those who think like Jack Burkman — you’re out of touch…