Travis Kelce defends Harrison Butker and says he is a ‘great person’

When Travis Kelce defends Harrison Butker, does it make Harrison look better?

Or does Travis make himself seen worse?

Unfortunately, it’s once again time to talk about Travis Kelce’s terrible teammate, Harrison Butker.

It’s one thing to (unnecessarily) defend someone’s right to say horrible things. But Travis goes further.

Harrison Butker in February 2024.
Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to the media during the Kansas City Chiefs media availability prior to Super Bowl LVIII at Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa on February 8, 2024. (Photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Travis Kelce is actually defending Harrison Butker

On Friday, May 24, Travis Kelce talked about his now famous teammate, Harrison Butker, on the new heights podcast that he shares with his brother, Jason Kelce.

This is the first time Travis Kelce has spoken about Harrison Butker’s speech at Benedictine College since the man spewed hate and misogyny from a podium in early May.

Many people expected Taylor Swift’s boyfriend to criticize Butker. But it seems that Kelce has chosen other path.

Travis Kelce at Kelce Jam in 2024.Travis Kelce at Kelce Jam in 2024.
Travis Kelce interacts with fans during Kelce Jam 2024 at the Azura Amphitheater on May 18, 2024. (Photo credit: Fernando León/Getty Images)

Remember, Butker not only spewed misogyny and homophobia, but he also mentioned Taylor Swift, referring to her as “my teammate’s girlfriend.”

As if being a multi-millionaire, Grammy-winning, record-breaking superstar wasn’t enough!

Despite this, Travis Kelce has flamboyantly referred to his teammate (Butker is a “kicker” on the team) as a “great person and a great teammate.”

Kelce emphasized that he disagrees with “almost none of” the abhorrent things that came out of Butker’s mouth. But apparently Kelce is one of those people who thinks you can say despicable things and still be, somehow, a good person.

“I appreciate him as a teammate”

“I’ve known him for over seven years, probably over eight years,” Travis Kelce recalled of Butker. “And I appreciate him as a teammate.”

He delved into the controversy: “When it comes to his views and what he said in the (Benedictine College) commencement speech, you know, those are his.” Yes, that’s how views work.

“I can’t say I agree with most of it, or with much of it,” Kelce admitted. “Apart from the fact that he loves his family and his children.”

Harrison Butker in February 2024.Harrison Butker in February 2024.
Harrison Butker #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs arrives before Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024. (Photo credit: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Travis Kelce continued to explain: “And I don’t think you should judge him for his views, especially his religious views on how to live life. “That’s just not who I am.”

So you have to wonder about the basis on which Kelce judges someone. There are people who evaluate someone’s character solely by how they treat them personally. This is tragically shortsighted.

Is Kelce someone who doesn’t care how a man treats others, as long as he is polite to him? him?

Travis Kelce in February 2024, celebrating his Super Bowl victory.Travis Kelce in February 2024, celebrating his Super Bowl victory.
Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs greets fans after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 during Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024. (Photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Apparently, Harrison Butker being nice to Travis Kelce personally is enough for him.

Kelce cited how Butker has always been kind to Kelce and his friends and family. “That’s how he treats everyone,” Kelce argued.

Someone smiling and speaking politely in person is not the same as being nice. It’s just courtesy.

This is a man who referred to women’s rights as “diabolical” while telling them to be housewives. And he spewed hate for “the mortal sin of Pride that an entire month is dedicated to” and for “pushing dangerous gender ideologies to America’s youth.” None of that is kind or good.

Harrison Butker in early February 2024.Harrison Butker in early February 2024.
Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to the media during opening night of Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 5, 2024. (Photo credit: Chris Unger/Getty Images)

The NFL has decided not to penalize Butker. Commissioner Roger Goodell said something about the organization’s “diversity of opinions.” (I don’t want to mix bad apples with oranges, but was that the NFL’s stance when Colin Kaepernick had so much hell?)

If Travis Kelce had simply reminded everyone that Harrison Butker has the legal right to say disgusting and bigoted things, he would have been right. It would be unnecessary (Butker has no legal problem), but he would have commented on it.

Instead, Kelce seems willing to believe that personal courtesy can somehow override overt bigotry and vitriol. He can not. There are rude people who are good people. There are educated people who are absolutely despicable. Clearly, Harrison Butker is the latter.

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