Chiefs owner’s wife Tavia Hunt breaks her silence on Harrison Butker controversy… and appears to BACK under-fire star after ‘sexist’ speech

The wife of Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has appeared to defend Harrison Butker amid fury over the NFL star’s controversial commencement speech.

Tavia Hunt, who married the Kansas City CEO back in 1993, took to Instagram on Thursday to highlight the importance of motherhood and stress that a person sharing a different point of view ‘doesn’t make them hateful’.

Last weekend Butker sparked outrage by suggesting women are more passionate about being stay-at-home mothers than pursuing a career, taking aim at Pride Month and criticizing President Joe Biden’s pro-abortion stance in a divisive speech at Benedictine College.

A day after his address, a petition was set up to have the Chiefs kicker removed from the team’s roster ahead of the 2024 NFL season, which has now received over 187,000 signatures.

Tavia and Clark Hunt

But Tavia has seemingly backed Butker over his views on women, insisting there is nothing ‘bigoted’ about praising a good mother.

Tavia Hunt (left), the wife of Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark (second from left), has appeared to defend Harrison Butker (right) over his controversial commencement speech

Harrison Butker

Butker sparked outrage at the weekend by criticizing women, the LGBTQ+ community and President Joe Biden's pro-abortion stance in a speec at Benedictine College

Butker sparked outrage at the weekend by criticizing women, the LGBTQ+ community and President Joe Biden’s pro-abortion stance in a speec at Benedictine College

But Hunt has seemingly come out in support of the Chiefs kicker in a post on Instagram

But Hunt has seemingly come out in support of the Chiefs kicker in a post on Instagram

‘I’ve always encouraged my daughters to be highly educated and chase their dreams,’ she wrote alongside a selection of photos of her and her children.

‘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 finding a spouse who loves and honors you as or before himself and raising a family together is one of the greatest blessings this world has to offer.

‘Studies show that committed, married couples with children are the happiest demographic, and this has been my experience as well.

‘*Affirming motherhood and praising your wife, as well as highlighting the sacrifice and dedication it takes to be a mother, is not bigoted. It is empowering to acknowledge that a woman’s hard work in raising children is not in vain.*

‘Countless highly educated women devote their lives to nurturing and guiding their children. Someone disagreeing with you doesn’t make them hateful; it simply means they have a different opinion.

‘Let’s celebrate families, motherhood and fatherhood. Our society desperately needs dedicated men and women to raise up and train the next generation in the way they should go.

‘Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Embracing the beautiful roles that God has made is something to celebrate.

Tavia (pictured with husband Clark and daughter Gracie, right) highlighted the importance of motherhood after Butker suggested women should be stay-at-home mothers

Tavia (pictured with husband Clark and daughter Gracie, right) highlighted the importance of motherhood after Butker suggested women should be stay-at-home mothers

Kansas City Chiefs heiress Gracie also defended Butker’s controversial speech this week

‘*I also caution against taking things out of context. Sound bites overlaid with hateful comments are not what we want to model for our children or others. We need more dialogue (and VALUES, IMO) in this country and less hate.*’

Tavia is not the only woman from the Hunt family on Butker’s side, nevertheless, with her daughter and Chiefs heiress Gracie also coming out in support of the player.

‘I can only speak from my own experience which is I have had the most incredible mom who had the ability to stay home and be with us,’ Gracie told Fox & Friends.

‘I understand there are many women out there who can’t make that decision, but for me and my life I know it was really formative in shaping me and my siblings in who we are.’

The blurb for the petition calling for Butker to be released by Kansas City described the speech as ‘sexist, homophobic, anti-trans, anti-abortion and racist.’

The three-time Super Bowl champion delivered his roughly 20-minute address Saturday at the Catholic private liberal arts school in Atchison, Kansas, which is located about 60 miles miles north of Kansas City.

Butker (center) won his third Super Bowl as a Kansas City player back in February

He received a standing ovation from graduates and other attendees.

The NFL has also distanced itself from the Kansas City player’s views on women, Pride month and more, insisting his comments do not reflect the opinions of the league.

‘Harrison Butker gave 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 makes our league stronger,’ the league’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, Jonathan Beane, said.

‘His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger,’ Beane, who is also a senior vice president, said.

Butker’s speech at the Benedictine College in Kansas

‘It is safe to say that over the years, I have gained quite the reputation for speaking my mind,’ Butker said at the start of his speech.

He addressed the men in the room by saying: ‘To the gentlemen here today, part of what plagues society is this lie that has been told to you that men are not necessary in the home or in our communities.

‘As men, we set the tone of the culture, and when that is absent, disorder, dysfunction and chaos set in.

‘This absence of men in the home is what plays a large role in the violence we see all around the nation.

‘… Be unapologetic in your masculinity. Fight against the cultural emasculation of men. Do hard things. Never settle for what is easy.’

Butker even quoted Taylor Swift, although he only referred to her as his ‘teammate’s girlfriend’.

‘As my teammate’s girlfriend says, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’,’ he told the audience, referring to Swift’s song Bejeweled from her 2022 album Midnights.

He also addressed the women at the ceremony: ‘I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolic lies told to you.

‘Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.

‘I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say her life truly started when she started living her vocation as a wife and as a mother.

‘I’m on this stage today, able to be the man that I am, because I have a wife who leans into her vocation.’

‘I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife, and embrace one of the most important titles of all, homemaker.’

Butker also criticised the Biden administration: ‘While COVID might have played a large role throughout your formative years, it is not unique,’ he said.

‘The bad policies and poor leadership have negatively impacted major life issues.

‘Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for the degenerate cultural values and media all stem from pervasiveness of disorder.’

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