Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel shares Harrison Butker advice over Chiefs kicker’s controversial speech: ‘You better believe it’

Harrison Butker

 

Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel has offered some advice to Harrison Butker over his controversial speech at a college graduation in Kansas, earlier this month, as he let the turmoiled Chiefs kicker know that ‘whatever you’re going to say, you better believe it.’

 

Harrison Butker

Speaking to reporters after Miami’s third OTAs session of the week on Wednesday, McDaniel looked uncomfortable at first when asked whether he ‘encourages’ players to talk about their ‘political stances’ among themselves, or if he tells them to ‘leave it out of the building.’

Butker, 28, made a commencement address for the Class of 2024 at Benedictine College on May 11, saying most women receiving degrees were probably more excited about getting married and having kids than forging their careers. He also referred to a ‘deadly sin sort of pride that has a month dedicated to it’ in an oblique reference to Pride month and criticized both the Catholic Church and U.S. President Joe Biden for its ‘dangerous gender policies’ and views on abortion, respectively.

‘Well… I’m glad you asked,’ McDaniel, 41, said sarcastically. ‘I think you do have to open the eyes of the players to their platform if they’re new to the situation. I think you have to understand that what you say publicly can be fragmented and last with you forever.

‘I really emphasize that whatever you’re going to say, you better believe it. And you just try to educate people to understand that consequences of whatever they do, just so that they have the freedom of choice.

They wanna go in that direction, go right ahead. I’ll be over here, hanging out with you guys.’

Also on Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to expand on the NFL’s statement distancing the league from Butker’s comments. The league said that the comments and ‘views are not those of the NFL as an organization.’

‘We have over 3,000 players,’ Goodell said as the NFL concluded its spring meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. ‘We have executives around the league that have a diversity of opinions and thoughts, just like America does. I think that is something that we treasure, and that’s part of, I think, ultimately what makes us as a society better.’

When you get in the locker room, it’s a safe space where everyone can be themselves,’ the three-time Super Bowl champion said after the team’s OTAs session on Wednesday.

‘It’s always good to have people here – people in Kansas City, competing – and then being as smart as we can when we’re not in the building.

‘I think guys understand we need to step up as a team and an organization,’ Mahomes added, ‘but we need to go out there to prove it for other people to believe it as well.’