Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman said Monday he plans to draft legislation that would ban gay players from joining the National Football League.
”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement. "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 says he has support from lawmakers, but did not disclose which ones.
“If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman said.
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Critics are calling the low-level lobbyist’s statement a publicity stunt.
Burkman’s firm did less than $2 million in business in this Congress, according to The Wire’s Philip Bump. He also has a mere 21 followers on Twitter and “a ‘radio show’ that appears to be nothing more than a podcast,” Bump wrote.
Burkman says the measure is a direct response to Missouri football star Michael Sam coming out this year.
Sam hasn’t expressed regret over coming out but says he would like to steer the conversation back to football.
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"Well, heck yeah, I wish you guys [the media] would just say, 'Michael Sam, how's football going? How's training going?'" Sam said. "I would love for you to ask me that question. But it is what it is. And I just wish you guys would just see me as Michael Sam the football player instead of Michael Sam the gay football player."