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I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

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Hello. My name is Chris Kluwe, and for eight years I was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings. Allow myself to tell you a story about ... myself. The following is a record of what happened to me during my 2012 season with the Minnesota Vikings,...

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Sheila D (194)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 8:54 pm
Kudos to Chris Kluwe for sanding up, and staying strong, especially in the face of such animosity from a coach who, in his position, should know better than spout his bigotry in such a venue.

John B (185)
Friday January 3, 2014, 3:19 am
Thanks Carrie for the excellent post. No doubt in my mind Mr. Kluwe was fired for his support of same sex marriage and other progressive views. What a shame that people can get fired for doing the right thing.
Read and noted.

Süheyla C (234)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:24 am
noted. Thanks for sharing Carrie.

Birgit W (160)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:42 am
Thank you.

Gene J (290)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:15 am
I've been a Vikings fan since I was 11 years old, their first year in the NFL. Chris is, in my opinion, the best punter the team has ever had. And he had in no way diminished when he was replaced. His comments and remarks got a LOT of attention here during his last year. I have NO doubt he is telling the absolute truth in that article. There are few places as homophobic as all male enclaves, even though, the NFL and its players know there are closeted gays in the league. They have to be or they'd be treated as Chris was. He may be through as an NFL player (though I would hope a nice discrimination suit might make him some money) but he will have a future as a writer and perhaps a politician. He's bright, intelligent and on the right side of issues, for me, I support him without question. He was a breath of fresh air while here and he always be, that is his nature. I wish I could say the same about the NFL and male sports in general but I can't. Homophobia is alive and well in all male-dominated sports. That is something that needs changing. One needs remember though, that many of these millionaire athletes are in the 1% or close to it and share the values of the teapublican party more so than progressive attitudes and ideas. They have a lot to atone for, whether they know it or not.

. (0)
Friday January 3, 2014, 12:33 pm
Thanks Gene for your insight to this stupidity.

ewoud k (68)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:11 pm
Dreaming of the day stories like this one don't have to be written anymore....

Tolerance. The only thing we need to have this day coming is just simple tolerance.

Thanks for posting this story Carrie!


Freya H (357)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:26 pm
More proof of just how bass-ackwards the NFL is.

Winn A (179)
Friday January 3, 2014, 4:41 pm
Gene, as always thanks for your insights on this issue. Wouldn't it be a great day when none of this would be happening to anyone in sports or America for that matter.

Vivian B (169)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 12:24 am
I love the Vikings! Adrian Peterson went to college 20 miles from my place. I have no doubt what Mr. Kluwe says is true. And a nice settlement of, like the rest of his contract, in cash, on the barrelhead. And all NFL coaches need to take some lessons from,the rest of the world! Things have changed in the last few years and they will have to change also!!
Thanks, Carrie. I saw some of this on the crawl on ESPN and wondered what it was about!

Robert O (12)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 8:41 am
Good for Mr. Kluwe for taking a stand and speaking out. Thank you Carrie.

Kailash D (0)
Tuesday January 7, 2014, 5:03 am
It is a strange "sport" where standing up for equality is not tolerated, but abusing one's wife or girlfriend is not uncommon practice by players. I love football (Go Patriots!) but the sad irony of criteria for "acceptable behavior" is chilling. I read the entire article and thought the special team's coach (Priefer) reported remarks about nuking gays was cause for censor from NFL or at least the Viking's ownership.

Kailash D (0)
Friday January 10, 2014, 11:43 am
Coach Priefer would probably be highly considered for a coaching position in Russia.

Diane L (110)
Sunday April 6, 2014, 3:33 am
If true, then this is despicable. However, 8 years is a lot longer than the career of many NFL punters and place kickers. I am a fan of my local NFL team (the SB champion Seattle Seahawks) and I know they've released many players that shocked me since I thought they were doing their job very well. However, only the front office and management knows what happens and has "done the math" with salaries, etc. Maybe this guy got paid more than they thought he was worth .........maybe letting him go meant they could afford two younger players that are "up coming", so I won't speculate.
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