Former Viking Chris Kluwe Says He was Fired By Anti-gay Bigot Coach- Coach Denies Allegations

Wow. We all know former Minnesota Viking Punter Chris Kluwe is a fierce outspoken advocate for the LGBT. He has consistently wrote op-eds and ripped to shreds anti-gay bigots who denounced gay marriage. Kluwe believes that his activism resulted in his firing from the Viking. In a scathing article for Deadspin, Kluwe smacks down his cowardly and bigoted coaches, especially Mike Priefer.

Hello. My name is Chris Kluwe, and for eight years I was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings. In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team. 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.”

So there you have it. It’s my belief, 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.

If there’s one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story, it’s to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level. (According to the Pioneer Press, he is “the only in-house candidate with a chance” at the head-coaching job.) It’s inexcusable that someone would use his status as a teacher and a role model to proselytize on behalf of his own doctrine of intolerance, and I hope he never gets another opportunity to pass his example along to anyone else. I also hope that Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman take a good look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are the people they truly profess themselves to be.

Read full article here. trust me, its too good to pass up.

Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer released his own statement in response to Kluwe’s accusation that he is a bigot who once said, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”

Here is the whole thing, via the Star Tribune:

I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe.

I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member.

The primary reason I entered coaching was to affect people in a positive way. As a coach, I have always created an accepting environment for my players, including Chris, and have looked to support them both on and off the field.

The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family. While my career focus is to be a great professional football coach, my number one priority has always been to be a protective husband and father to my wife and children.

I will continue to work hard for the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf family and all of our loyal fans.

I always say where there is smoke there is fire. Chris Kluwe has been a straight shooter since he came to light as a pro-equality activist. His account of what transpired is to detailed and specific to believe that it would be anything but the truth.  Not to mention a potential lawsuit….AND nothing reeks of bigot like an accused saying the old ” some of my best friends and family members are gay…….” line…

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

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