Kansas City Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker’s Mom Is a Physicist


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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker, who raised eyebrows for suggesting women should be homemakers, was raised by a mom who’s a physicist.

His mom, Elizabeth Butker, has been a medical physicist at Emory University’s department of radiation oncology since 1988, per her LinkedIn. She specializes in brachytherapy and Gamma Knife medical physics care, per a 2020 article by Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute.

Elizabeth received her master’s degree in medical physics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988 after attending Smith College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1985. Elizabeth’s father, James Keller, worked in oncology at Emory for 28 years before retiring in 2011. (Page Six was the first to report the news.)

Harrison, 28, sparked outrage when he served as the commencement speaker for Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, on Saturday, May 11, where he had a message for the women graduates who “have had the most diabolical lies told to you.”

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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker sparked controversy after making comments about gender roles and the LGTQ+ community during a graduation speech. Butker, 28, served as the commencement speaker for Benedictine College’s graduating class in Atchison, Kansas on Saturday, May 11. During his remarks, the athlete singled out the women graduates. “For the ladies present (…)

“How many of you are sitting here now, about to cross this stage and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you are going to get in your career?” he stated. “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.”

Harrison — who claimed that his wife, Isabelle Butker, would be “the first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother” — stated that “homemaker” is “one of the most important titles of all.” (Harrison and Isabella, who exchanged vows in 2018, share two kids.)

Kansas City Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker Who Told Women to Be Homemakers Has a Mom Who’s a Physicist

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Harrison also faced backlash when he compared the LGBTQIA+ community’s Pride Month to “deadly sins” and stated that men “set the tone of society, and when that is absent, disorder, dysfunction and chaos set in.”

He even dragged Chiefs teammate Travis Kelce’s girlfriend, Taylor Swift, into the speech by quoting her track “Bejeweled.” Harrison said, “As my teammate’s girlfriend says, ‘Familiarity breeds contempt.’”

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Kansas City Chiefs player Harrison Butker found his No. 1 cheerleader in wife Isabelle Butker, whom he wed in 2018. “We met in high school,” Harrison said of his spouse during a January 2023 appearance on the “Kansas City Mom Collective” podcast. “A lot changes with Division I football, playing in the NFL, but she’s (…)

Since Harrison’s speech went viral, a comment he made about meeting Swift, 34, for the first time has resurfaced — and it now has a new meaning.

When recalling his conversation with Swift, Harrison said he had nothing but “great things” to say about the pop star and shared his hopes for her and Kelce, also 34. He told EWTN News In Depth in March, “I hope they get married and start a family.”

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