KC Chiefs owner's wife says claiming motherhood 'not bigoted' amid Harrison Butker firestorm

The wife and daughter of Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Clark Hunt offered their thoughts on motherhood as the team faces pressure to release kicker Harrison Butker over comments the Catholic athlete made in a college commencement speech.

Although she did not mention Butker by name, Clark's wife, Tavia Hunt, accepted Instagram on Thursday to state that “[a]affirming motherhood and praising your wife, as well as highlighting the sacrifice and dedication required to be a mother, is not bigoted.”

“It is empowering to acknowledge that a woman's hard work to raise children is not in vain. Countless highly educated women dedicate their lives to nurturing and guiding their children.”

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Butker's remarks during a commencement speech at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, last weekend touched on various political and hot-button issues and caused nationwide reactions as more than 195,000 people. to put their support behind a petition to the NFL and Chiefs demanding the release of the three-time Super Bowl winner. The petition characterized Butker's speech as “sexist, homophobic, anti-trans, anti-abortion and racist.”

While Butker's speech condemned President Joe Biden for his support for abortion and the embrace of “surrogacy, euthanasia as well as growing support for degenerate cultural values” and “dangerous gender ideologies,” Butker also directed a message to the females in the audience.

After discussing the role his wife plays in raising their children, Butker told the graduates: “I've seen it firsthand how much happier someone can be when they ignore the outside noise and move closer and closer to God's will in his life.” Referring to his wife, Butker claimed that “Isabelle's dream of having a career may not have come true but if you ask her today if she regrets her decision, she would laugh out loud without hesitation and say 'heck no'.”

Butker told the female graduates that they “had the most diabolical lies told” to them, predicting that “some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world” while “the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.”

In her Instagram post, Hunt emphasized that “Someone disagreeing with you doesn't make them hateful.”

“It just means they have a different opinion,” she wrote. “We celebrated families, motherhood and fatherhood. Our society urgently needs dedicated men and women to raise and train the next generation along the path they should walk.”

Hunt included a quote from Proverbs 31:28-29, which reads: “Her children rise and call her happy; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” She insisted that “embracing the beautiful roles that God has made is something to celebrate.”

“I also caution against taking things out of context.” She described “sound bites laced with hateful comments” as “not what we want to model for our children or others,” adding, “We need more dialogue (and VALUES, IMO) in this country and less hate.”

“I have always encouraged my daughters to be highly educated and to pursue their dreams. I want them to know that they can do whatever they want (that honors God). But I also want them to know that I believe in finding a wife, who loves and honors you as or before himself and raising a family together is one of the great blessings this world has to offer.Studies show that engaged, married couples with children are the happiest demographic, and that has been my experience as well .”

The Hunts' daughter, Gracie Hunt, appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Friday and was asked to offer reaction from the Hunt family on Butker's comments. She said, “I really respect Harrison and his Christian faith and what he's accomplished on and off the field.”

“I can only speak from my own experience, which is that I had the most incredible mom who had the ability to stay home and be with us as kids growing up,” Hunt said. “And I understand that there are many women who cannot make that decision. But for me and my life, I know that it was really formative and shaped me and my siblings into who we are.”

In a statement the NFL released this week, the NFL's senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, Jonathan Beane, said Butker “made a speech in his personal capacity.”

“His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only strengthens our league,” Beane said.

Clark Hunt did not shy away from sharing his own Christian faith. He has often been seen praising God for the Chiefs' success in recent years. In 2019, he spoke at Andrew Palau's CityFest East Texas Men's Luncheon in Tyler, Texas, saying he makes faith a top priority for his staff.

“We want our employees to develop spiritually,” Hunt was quoted as saying by The Tyler Morning Telegraph. “In the National Football League, Christ is truly glorified. My identity is my faith in Christ.”

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