Claim: Proposed legislation would bar NFL teams from employing homosexual players.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2014]
Origins: On 24 February 2014, Jack Burkman, the CEO of Burkman LLC (self-described as the U.S. capital's "top-rated lobbying firm"), issued a press release to announce that he was working on legislation that would "ban gays from joining the National Football League" (NFL):
The controversy over openly gay NFL players now spreads to Capitol Hill as lawmakers return from a seven-day vacation.
Burkman says the legislation that would ban gay players from joining the NFL was triggered by college football star Michael Sam announcing he was gay.
If drafted by an NFL team, Sam would become the first openly gay professional football player.
"If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it," said Burkman.
The bill would prohibit NFL teams "from employing self-declared homosexual football players. This prohibition shall only apply in cases where a football player has openly declared himself to be a homosexual."
Any team that violates the law would be fined $3 million, up to a maximum of
"Is it appropriate for NFL players to shower with NFL cheerleaders? Certainly not," says Burkman. "Then why would it be appropriate for straight NFL players to shower with gay NFL players?"
"I truly believe NFL team owners and coaches do not want openly gay players on their teams because of the issues that will cause and I think they may tell you that if they answered honestly," says Burkman. "The morals in this country have dropped so low that it’s sad that a bill like this is even needed."
BE it enacted by the House of Representatives and by the Senate of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that:
Section 1. The National Football League and all teams thereof are hereby prohibited from employing self-declared homosexual football players. This prohibition shall only apply in cases where a football player has openly declared himself to be a homosexual.
Section 2. The prohibition detailed in article (A) above shall not apply to any team of the National Football League that provides facilities for homosexual players which are entirely separate and distinct from the facilities used by heterosexual players.
Burkman has faced derision for even bringing up the proposal. Several of his clients have expressed their disapproval and at least one has cut ties with his firm. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Burkman's younger
Last updated: 3 March 2014