NFL’s Chris Kluwe Says He was Fired For Marriage Equality Support
Chris Kluwe, a former punter for the Minnesota Vikings, wrote a scathing piece for Deadspin on Thursday, claiming he was fired from the football team because of his strong support for same-sex marriage.
Though the athlete writes he is not 100 percent certain he was let go for being an ally, he says he is "pretty confident."
"In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team," Kluew writes. "At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought it was because of my recent activism for same-sex marriage rights, and I was very careful in how I answered the question. My answer, verbatim, was always, ’I honestly don’t know, because I’m not in those meetings with the coaches and administrative people.’"
The athlete goes on to outline the events that he believes led to his departure from the team and rips into coach Mike Preifer, calling him a bigot.
"... based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn’t agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman, both of whom knew I was a good punter and would remain a good punter for the foreseeable future, as my numbers over my eight-year career had shown, but who lacked the fortitude to disagree with Mike Priefer on a touchy subject matter. (Frazier was fired on Monday, at the conclusion of a 5-10-1 season.)
"One of the main coaching points I’ve heard throughout my entire life is, ’How you respond to difficult situations defines your character,’ and I think it’s a good saying. I also think it applies to more than just the players," he adds.