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Former Viking Chris Kluwe calls former coaches cowards, bigots

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Chris Kluwe, a former punter for the Vikings who spoke out in support of Minnesotans For Marriage Equality, says his views cost him his job.

In a new article written for deadspin.com, Kluwe shares his account of what happened during the 2012 season with the Minnesota Vikings, after he was approached by the group Minnesotans for Marriage Equality.  The group wanted to know if he would help with their effort to defeat the Minnesota Gay Marriage Amendment. The amendment, which was eventually voted down, would have defined marriage as "only a union of one man and one woman." Same-sex marriage is now legal in Minnesota.

Some of the accusations include:

 

  • Then-head coach Leslie Frazier, telling Kluwe he "needed to be quiet, and stop speaking out on this [same-sex equality] stuff."  
  • Special-teams coach Mike Priefer would ask if he 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."  

 

Kluwe had previously avoided any kind of questioning about whether he believed his views cost him his job with the Vikings.

 "I honestly don't know if my activism was the reason I got fired," Kluwe wrote in the article. "However, I'm pretty confident it was."

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