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Travis Kelce sounds off on Harrison Butker

The Chiefs kicker has been in the news of late.

Michael W.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker found himself in controversy after his faith based Commencement speech at Benedictine College went viral. A petition has garnered thousands of signatures to have him removed from the team, though he's gotten public support from Chiefs ownership along with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid. 

And now, teammate Travis Kelce is weighing in, saying that he won't judge Butker for his beliefs. 

“I cherish him as a teammate. I think Pat said it best where he is every bit of a great person and a great teammate,” Kelce said on the Friday episode of his “New Heights” podcast that he hosts with his brother, Jason Kelce. “He’s treated family and family that I’ve introduced to him with nothing but respect and kindness. And that’s how he treats everyone. When it comes down to his views and what he said at Saint Benedict’s commencement speech, those are his.

I can’t say I agree with the majority of it or just about any of it outside of just him loving his family and his kids. And I don’t think that I should judge him by his views, especially his religious views, of how to go about life, that’s just not who I am.”

“I grew up in a beautiful upbringing of different social classes, different religions, different races and ethnicities, in Cleveland Heights, and that’s why I love Cleveland Heights for what it was,” he said.

“It showed me a broad spectrum, just a broad view of a lot of different walks of life. And I appreciated every single one of those people for different reasons, and I never once had to feel like I needed to judge them, based off of their beliefs.”

“There’s always going to be opinions that everybody shares that you’re going to disagree with,” he added.

It doesn't appear as though the Chiefs have any plans to ditch Butker, especially with him having garnered support from the highest profile faces within the organization.

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Source: NBC Sports