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DC lobbyist prepares legislation banning gay athletes from joining NFL

"Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man," Jack Burkman says in statement. "That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?"
By Evan Bleier   |   Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- When college football player Michael Sam publicly revealed that he's gay a few weeks ago to ESPN and the New York Times, Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman got inspired.

Instead of being moved to do something in support of Sam’s announcement, he felt compelled to start working on a piece of legislation that would ban openly gay athletes from joining the NFL.

"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?"

The Hill reported that Burkman claims to have backers in Congress but declined to name any.

If he is drafted in May, Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL. After coming out last year, NBA player Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play for a major men's professional sports team when he hit the hardwood with the Brooklyn Nets against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Burkman's firm, JM Burkman & Associates, primarily works on negotiating contracts between the federal government and companies. “If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it,” Burkman said.

[The Hill]
[Pro Football Talk]

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