With an unacceptable number of pros becoming cons, a top D.C. lobbyist has drafted legislation that he is shopping on Capitol Hill that would force teams to fire any NFL player arrested and charged with a violent or drug-related felony or face millions of dollars in fines.
“It’s about morals,” says Jack Burkman, the conservative lobbyist with Burkman, LLC in Washington. “These athletes are supposed to be role models and when teams reward bad behavior that sends a terrible message to our youth—that crime is okay, sometimes.”
Less than 10 days ago, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges. If this bill were law already, San Francisco would be forced to fire Smith or face millions in fines.
The problem of arrests in the NFL and other professional sports has become a common occurrence; USA Today and the San Diego Union-Tribune have web pages tracking the numbers. And that is the sole function of the website ArrestNation.
“Statistics can be chopped up all sorts of ways even to the point that despite the headlines some people say that the NFL doesn’t have a problem,” says Burkman. “There is a problem here even if some want to deny it.”
The Bleacher Report just ran a piece two days ago: NFL Again at a Crisis Point with Player Conduct.
Burkman, a devout Christian, has been on a sports moral crusade as of late.
He’s been pushing “The American Decency Act of 2014,” a bill that would ban openly gay players from the NFL and other pro sports prompted by the draft of Michael Sam, the first openly gay pro football player.
He even organized a coalition of more than one million people in 31 states to boycott Visa which hired Sam as a spokesman and of the St. Louis Rams which drafted him.
This latest initiative by Burkman to for teams to fire players arrested or convicted of a violent crime was born out of the efforts to keep out openly gay NFL players.
“People kept asking me during interviews ‘what about players arrested, why not go after them,’ says Burkman. “And so we are.”
Teams that violate the draft bill’s provisions would face fines ranging from $8-million to $13-million.
“Conservatives in this country are standing up because apparently these pro sports teams need help defining morality.”
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