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Earlier this month, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker made a speech at his alma mater, Benedictine College. The Chiefs kicker’s comments stirred up a wide range of emotions, from some even calling for Butker to lose his job, while others, like Jason Kelce, couldn’t help but poke a bit of fun at the situation.

Regardless of how you feel about his speech, the one thing that can’t be denied is that it drew a lot of unwanted attention to the Chiefs and Butker at a time when no one has anything else to discuss across the football landscape.

On Friday, while at the Regina Caeli Academy Courage Under Fire Gala in Nashville, Tennessee, Butker spoke for the first time since his controversial speech and said he had no regrets.

“It’s a decision I’ve consciously made and one I do not regret at all. At the outset, many people expressed a shocking level of hate. But as the days went on, even those who disagreed with my viewpoints shared their support for my freedom of religion.”

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker

Since the initial speech, we have heard from several of his Chiefs teammates, including Patrick Mahomes, who insists we should be judging Butker by his character, which shows he’s a “good person,” while admitting there were certain things he didn’t agree with.

All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce said he didn’t agree with the “majority” of Butker’s comments but matched Mahomes’ energy by saying his teammate shouldn’t be judged on his opinions and viewpoints.

Coach Andy Reid agreed, saying, “We all respect each other’s opinions. We all have a voice.”

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