Lobbyist Pens Bill to Ban Gay NFLers

'Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2014 9:23 AM CST
Lobbyist Pens Bill to Ban Gay NFLers
Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The NFL might seem to have other, seemingly more pressing problems, but a Republican lobbyist has decided to first tackle gay men in the league. Jack Burkman's proposed bill, which he says was inspired by openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam, would ban gay players from the NFL, the Hill reports. "We are losing our decency as a nation," says a statement from Burkman. "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country."

Burkman tells the Huffington Post that five House members and a senator are considering sponsoring the legislation, but he hasn't named them. "If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it," he says. His firm, Burkman Associates, last year topped lobbying firms with 70 new clients, according to the Hill. But the Atlantic Wire casts doubt on Burkman's apparent power, noting that he had done less than $2 million worth of business with the current Congress as of the third quarter of last year. (More lobbyists stories.)

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