This week lobbyist Jack Burkman came out in favor of legislation that would ban openly gay NFL players, a push that’s already inspired pushback from openly gay NFL draft prospect Michael Sam and Burkman’s own brother, who called him an “ass.” And now a California-based energy company has cut its ties to Burkman and will no longer have him representing them because of what he’s been saying this week.
DC Solar Solutions, Inc. sent a statement to ThinkProgress saying that in light of Burkman’s statements, they would no longer permit him to represent them and have ended their ties permanently.
DC Solar does not condone or support Mr. Burkman’s homophobic views, and since learning about his misguided efforts to write legislation banning gay athletes from the NFL, we have ended our relationship with him. DC Solar values diversity within our company and within our communities, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any sort. As a company working to address issues about our country’s future, we have no intention of working with those who are stuck in the past.
Well, Burkman’s clearly on his way to becoming a professional unpaid pundit if this keeps on.
You can watch Burkman defending his push below, via WJLA:
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