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Football Player Chris Kluwe Says Gay Activism Cost Him His Job

January 2nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe says that his advocacy for the LGBT community has cost him his job. The former Minnesota Viking player wrote in an article on Deadspin that his championing of same-sex marriage played a major role in his ousting and described those who let him go “two cowards” and a “bigot.” The harsh adjectives, according to Kluwe, describe his coach Leslie Frazier and General Manager Rick Spielman and Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer who grew concerned  last season when he began working to help pass marriage equality in Minnesota. Kluwe says that he often heard bigoted comments from Priefer who once told him: “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”

He would ask me if I had written any letters defending “the gays” recently and denounce as disgusting the idea that two men would kiss, and he would constantly belittle or demean any idea of acceptance or tolerance. I tried to laugh these off while also responding with the notion that perhaps they were human beings who deserved to be treated as human beings. Mike Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible. He said all this in a semi-joking tone, and I responded in kind, as I felt a yelling match with my coach over human rights would greatly diminish my chances of remaining employed. [CPM]

 

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