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“Chris Kluwe has been one of the NFL’s most outspoken voices on marriage equality and other progressive causes.” - USA Today Sports
Excerpted from Briefing Room: Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe claims he lost his job and hasn’t been able to find a new one because of his outspoken support for gay marriage.
Kluwe, writing for the sporting news site Deadspin, said he believes he was cut by the Vikings after eight years on the job because of his same-sex marriage advocacy. He also says he believes it’s a major reason he hasn’t found a new job despite punting statistics that are near the league’s average.
“It’s my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by [special teams coach] Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn’t agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, [head coach] Leslie Frazier and [general manager] Rick Spielman, both of whom knew I was a good punter,” he wrote.
In 2012, Kluwe appeared in several ads for the group Minnesotans for Marriage Equality, which was opposing a ballot initiative that year aiming to amend Minnesota’s constitution to abolish same-sex marriage (the amendment failed, and Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage in 2013).
In September of the same year, Kluwe also drew attention when he published a profanity-laced open letter to Maryland legislator Emmett C. Burns Jr. after the latter wrote a letter asking that the Baltimore Ravens prevent linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from making additional pro-gay marriage comments. The letter quickly went viral, and Kluwe claims that shortly afterward Vikings front-office personnel began asking that he quiet down, a request he refused. Keep Reading