Former Minnesota Viking Punter Outs His Former Coaches as Cowards and Bigots
There’s a lot to the story from Chris Kluwe — former punter for the Minnesota Vikings — over on Deadspin to unpack, but I can’t encourage everyone enough to read it. In it, Kluwe explains the circumstances surrounding his release from the Vikings in May 2013, and everything in the piece suggests it was because he spoke out for equality, for gay rights. Not only did it earn him a release from the team, it led to a lot of tension in the clubhouse, including one assertion by his coach suggesting that “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”
Yes, that was something said. In 2013.
It’s a brave, admirable piece, and it demonstrates that — even as accepting of gay marriage as the United States is becoming — there are still pockets of homophobia in very high places. This piece — which may effectively end Kluwe’s career as a punter for good — will hopefully raise more awareness about the problem in the NFL. Ideally, it will get some people fired, too (not that the Vikings haven’t already begun the process).
Read the entire Deadspin piece here.