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Michael Sam Zings Homophobic Lobbyist with Plan to Ban Gays from the NFL


Earlier this week, a little-known D.C. lobbyist made headlines after issuing a publicity stunt-ish press release saying he had support from five members of the House and a Senator for a non-starter bill that would ban gay players from the NFL. The lobbyist, Jack Burkman, wouldn't name the lawmakers.

BurkmanSaid Burkman in a statement in the release:

”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?”

"Burkman serves as founder and president of his own lobbying firm, Burkman Associates. He has also worked as of counsel at law firm Holland & Knight. In the 1990s, he served as counsel to then-Rep. Rick Lazio (R-N.Y.)," according to The Hill.

Added Burkman to the HuffPost:

"I felt that if the NFL doesn't have any morals, and people like [Commissioner] Roger Goodell, who are just go-along-get-along guys, just want to appease advertisers, appease corporate America and all that stuff, I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them...This is not about bigotry. It is about common decency and civility. Society is moving to a point where we are going to have unisex bathrooms and the next generation thinks that is OK."

But the best reaction to Burkman's announcement came yesterday from Michael Sam, the would-be target of the alleged legislation.

Tweeted Sam: "Jack Burkman is going to need a Delorian, not some bogus bill, if he wants to prevent gay athletes from being in the locker room"

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  1. Ha! 1.21 gigawatts!

    Posted by: marco | Feb 26, 2014 10:03:04 AM

  2. Note to Jack Burkman: Much of Europe has had unisex bathrooms for as long as I've been alive (more than 50 years) - I presume longer - and everyone managed to void their bowels and kidneys just fine. When's the last time anyone heard anything to the contrary?

    Posted by: mike | Feb 26, 2014 10:07:35 AM

  3. I have to admit that I don't get the joke in Michael Sam's tweet.

    Posted by: clueless | Feb 26, 2014 10:11:55 AM

  4. @Clueless: Back to the Future.

    Posted by: David | Feb 26, 2014 10:14:08 AM

  5. So if it about protecting morals, will it also ban players arrested for rape, dog fighting, assualt, public intoxication, drug possesion, etc?

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 26, 2014 10:18:07 AM

  6. What is fascinating is that Jack Burkman has an openly gay brother who has publicly ridiculed him for this. Someone should ask Jack Burkman if he managed to avoid ever showing with or near his brother all those years.

    Posted by: Samish | Feb 26, 2014 10:29:07 AM

  7. @Micheal, apparently same sex love trumps all crime to this mental midget.

    Posted by: Princely | Feb 26, 2014 10:29:19 AM

  8. *showering

    Posted by: Samish | Feb 26, 2014 10:30:22 AM

  9. ugh could he please just marry me already??

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 26, 2014 10:31:31 AM

  10. The NFL is a private trade association. Why in the world would this 'tard think the government can legislate it?

    Once again, "small government" conservatives are anything but.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 26, 2014 10:31:54 AM

  11. @Michael, Right on the head my friend!

    Apparently Christ loves you when you abuse, rape and murder. But when you have consensual sex with adults, and you are a lawful abiding citizen, well Jesus just don't care.

    Enough of that bulsh!t. There has never been a party more obsessed with intercourse, they speak about it, tout against it, besiege you to fight against it, yet theirs is still the party with the most sexual deviant and hypocrites to get caught ever.

    Posted by: Mags | Feb 26, 2014 10:33:35 AM

  12. You may be onto something, Samish. Maybe "showing" was the problem.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 26, 2014 10:34:15 AM

  13. In case anyone doesn't know:

    I like Michael Sam and his joke is cute, but if he's going to be a public figure he ought to remember the aphorism about wrestling with pigs.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 26, 2014 10:42:58 AM

  14. It's a very slimy PR stunt designed to make his firm attractive to rightwing groups. Of course the whole thing is not going to go anywhere, it was never intended to go anywhere.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 26, 2014 10:49:26 AM

  15. Apparently it's ok for "straight" men in the military to shower with gays - but somehow the delicate sensibilities of the mighty macho NFL must be protected from having the big bad homo glance at your pee-pee?
    (Beam me up Scotty - I've stayed too long at the fair.)

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 26, 2014 10:51:21 AM

  16. ECHTKULTIG, he's a young macho guy in a macho sport he loves and lives for, if he starts behaving like some enuch pansy, that would look worse on him x 1000.

    He's being who he is-sharp and someone who want sit down and take b*ll.

    This is sports, not the debating society.

    Thankfully he seems to realise that and won't the LGBT media/fan/supporters bust his balls and make him faceless like the have done with other gay men in the public eye who have great mainstream appeal/support/interest.

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 26, 2014 11:02:45 AM

  17. @Anon: Spot-on! He all but admitted to it in the interview. However, when has it stopped the Republicans from passing legislation that would not go further than the House -- ACA (Obamacare). They voted 40+ times to repeal the ACA knowing the POTUS would never sign to repeal one of his signature legislative acts.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Feb 26, 2014 11:03:37 AM

  18. I, for one, certainly do not need Congress to "step in and define morality" to me! I am perfectly capable of doing it myself, thanks very much! How offensive.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 26, 2014 11:16:36 AM

  19. This is just some wacko publicity stunt and the media is eating it up... hook, line and sinker. He is proposing legislation to control the hiring decisions of a private business enterprise. Interesting how that all of a sudden is a "conservative" principle. God Bless the GOP, funny how they always trumpet deregulation and personal freedom... unless of course it is something they don't like.

    Posted by: Gerry | Feb 26, 2014 11:17:25 AM

  20. Funny, straight men have been getting away with treating women with crude and inappropriate behavior for decades and all of a sudden these straight men now fear that they will be treated the same way by a gay man. And that is a false assumption.

    Why do so many straights think gays are predators? Sexuality is universal.The majority of us act appropriately in life.Predators come in every sexuality, shape and size. Give me a break Jack Burkman, your thinking is backward.

    And can't most men stand up for themselves in a situation that might be sexually uncomfortable, whether it is a male or a female?

    Posted by: Max | Feb 26, 2014 11:19:00 AM

  21. Sam is awesome. And yes, publicity stunt by greedy conservative loon.

    Posted by: Jude | Feb 26, 2014 11:26:55 AM

  22. No one would be forced to shower with a gay man, though it does sound like this joker's fanatasy.

    If it is such a traumatic thing for this little boy, he could always go home and shower by himself.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Feb 26, 2014 11:41:41 AM

  23. @MAX, the very definition of homophobia, from a "male" point of view, is the fear of being objectified the same way you've been objectifying women most of your life.

    The only guys who would voice their fears of being looked at, or even attacked, in the communal showers, are those who believe men are nothing but rutting unthinking raping beasts. Like maybe themselves.
    Time to put this notion to rest once and for all. It is insulting to think so less of men. They are human beings capable of not only controlling their thoughts and actions, but are also as responsible for them as well.

    Posted by: Mags | Feb 26, 2014 11:41:48 AM

  24. The very fact that Burkman had to include the disclaimer, "This is not about bigotry" says that it is, indeed, about bigotry. I may as well have waved two "victory" signs over his head and said, "I am not a crook."

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Feb 26, 2014 11:47:16 AM

  25. Oops! I meant, "HE may as well have..."

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Feb 26, 2014 11:48:07 AM

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