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I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot
Deadspin ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Chris Kluwe

Posted on 01/02/2014 12:13:32 PM PST by C19fan

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."

This is a true answer. I honestly don't know if my activism was the reason I got fired.

However, I'm pretty confident it was.

Allow myself to tell you a story about ... myself. The following is a record of what happened to me during my 2012 season with the Minnesota Vikings, written down immediately after the 2013 draft in April, when I realized what was happening, and revised recently only for clarity. I tried to keep things as objective as possible, and anything you see in quotes are words that I directly recall being said to me.

This is a story about how actions have consequences, no matter how just or moral you think your cause happens to be, and it's a story about the price people all too often pay for speaking out.

(Excerpt) Read more at deadspin.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: football; gay; homosexualagenda; minnesota; nfl; pansytrollsonboard; vikings
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Many of us who follow the NFL know this guy is a sanctimonious piece of work and this article provides another piece of evidence. The guy must be insufferable in the locker room. He even admits at the end of the piece the real football related reasons he was let go and never found another NFL job (emphasis mine):

,Whether it's my age, my minimum veteran salary, my habit of speaking my mind, or (most likely) a combination of all three, my time as a football player is done. Punters are always replaceable, at least in the minds of those in charge, and I realize that in advocating noisily for social change I only made it easier for them to justify not having me around. So it goes.

1 posted on 01/02/2014 12:13:32 PM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I’ve read the average career in the NFL is 3 years.


2 posted on 01/02/2014 12:15:16 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: C19fan
Allow myself to tell you a story about ... myself.

No thanks.

3 posted on 01/02/2014 12:15:56 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: C19fan

Bigot? Those who attack the Bible and Christianity are the bigots. We have a big problem in Houston when good becomes evil and evil becomes good.


4 posted on 01/02/2014 12:17:36 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: driftdiver

My buddy’s kid (tight end/H-back/spec teams) was on 7 pro rosters in 4 years.

If you’re a marginal player, you gotta be flexible, LOL.


5 posted on 01/02/2014 12:20:05 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: C19fan

I didn’t know Deadspin accepted columns written in bathhouses.


6 posted on 01/02/2014 12:20:05 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: C19fan

Cue the “Ha! Ha!” guy.


7 posted on 01/02/2014 12:21:07 PM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: C19fan

"Wondertwin powers...activate! Form of a retired NFL has been"

8 posted on 01/02/2014 12:22:21 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Punters are replaceable? Hell you say. Not even Ray Guy is in the Hall of Fame.....yet......


9 posted on 01/02/2014 12:25:24 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: C19fan

What a hero.

10 posted on 01/02/2014 12:25:56 PM PST by Third Person (The light pours out of me.)
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To: massgopguy

If they gave Ray Guy a bust in Canton it would float to the ceiling. :)


11 posted on 01/02/2014 12:26:43 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: C19fan
it's a story about the price people all too often pay for speaking out

We all saw what happened when Phil Robertson spoke out.

12 posted on 01/02/2014 12:27:33 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: C19fan

Me thinks The boy was a pigskin fluffer.


13 posted on 01/02/2014 12:28:13 PM PST by Autonomous User (Pain Fades. Chicks Dig Scars. Glory, lasts forever.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
I didn’t know Deadspin accepted columns written in bathhouses.

That's where all that gawker media horseshit is written.

14 posted on 01/02/2014 12:28:56 PM PST by Captainpaintball
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To: icwhatudo

What is the purpose of the ‘L’ in PFLAG’s name, seems to make more sense without it.

What does straight OR equality mean?


15 posted on 01/02/2014 12:29:28 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: C19fan

Punters don’t really play football.


16 posted on 01/02/2014 12:30:02 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: C19fan

So the guy was in his prime, but due to his ‘activism’, he got fired (*released)?

Yet another person won’t face reality and trying to find more relevancy. But NOW he’s going to enjoy his 15 min of fame. Be a leftie “hero” as his second career.


17 posted on 01/02/2014 12:32:09 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: C19fan

He was warned. Yes, you can speak up about causes, but on a topic as sensitive as this one, why risk your career? Why make your team a magnet for political criticism? I think he enjoyed the attention, which is not so horrible, but this was done to the point of taking focus off the team efforts. Be an activist on your own time. He made things much worse by ridiculing of slamming anyone who disagreed with him. That is the way you make enemies who don’t forget.


18 posted on 01/02/2014 12:33:00 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Third Person

One of the columns in that magazine is, “Tel Aviv, our big gay adventure” should end with Leviticus 20:13 being applied.


19 posted on 01/02/2014 12:33:08 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: nascarnation
I guess if you're kluwe you do indeed have to be "flexible"...ahemm....in certain situations anyway....

but moving on, this guy is creep and a backstabber and a crybaby to boot.....glad he's gone and hopefully now he can move on to his full time career of being a gay guy......

20 posted on 01/02/2014 12:33:34 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: reagandemocrat
Punters don’t really play football.

They, and placekickers, are the only ones who do. The rest cheat and use their hands and block and stuff. < /s>

21 posted on 01/02/2014 12:33:46 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: reagandemocrat

But they come in handy when the regular players don’t play well.


22 posted on 01/02/2014 12:33:56 PM PST by ken in texas
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To: Sir Napsalot

He’s a California guy so expect to see him running for some political office out there.


23 posted on 01/02/2014 12:35:11 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: cherry

see my #23


24 posted on 01/02/2014 12:35:40 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: lee martell

“He was warned. Yes, you can speak up about causes, but on a topic as sensitive as this one, why risk your career?”

Corporations are desperate to avoid controversy. If there’s a message, they (legitimately) want to control it so that it reflects well on them. If he wanted to advocate for anything he should have done it quietly, behind the scenes with lobbying or money. But using fame that is only granted because of the company you work for is inherently dangerous to your continued employment. That’s just the facts of life.


25 posted on 01/02/2014 12:40:03 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: C19fan
Yep. The NFL team employs the entire package, including things they say and do to embarrass the team.

Ben Rothlesberger survived doing some stupid things such as hosting parties where he reportedly got drunk, crude, and ran about with his schlong sticking out. He survived because he was a great quarterback.

Jeff Reed, the team kicker, got involved in far less embarrassing stunts which proved to be the final straw in getting him released. It wasn't the stunts, it was the fact he'd gone too far south in the capacity of doing his job.

26 posted on 01/02/2014 12:41:15 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: C19fan

Apparently, the owner of the team, Zygi Wilf, didn’t go to bat for him.

This kicker was terribly ignorant.


27 posted on 01/02/2014 12:42:58 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: C19fan

No, Chris, you weren’t an NFL player. You were a punter. And truth be told there are a lot of fans of other teams who think the entire Minnesota franchise is gay, anyway.


28 posted on 01/02/2014 12:43:06 PM PST by RichInOC ("ARMAGEDDON!!!" *BOOM!* "And the rodents' red glare...gerbils bursting in air...")
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To: Jim Robinson

As it was in the Days of Lot, so shall it also be in the days of the Coming of the Son of Man (paraphrased)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2017:24,27-29&version=KJV

Luke 17:24

King James Version (KJV)

24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

Luke 17:27-29

King James Version (KJV)

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.


29 posted on 01/02/2014 12:43:38 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Gen.Blather

You said it all better than I could.


30 posted on 01/02/2014 12:44:17 PM PST by lee martell
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To: driftdiver

I’ve read the average career in the NFL is 3 years.

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Only if you count those initially hired but let go before opening day.

http://nflcommunications.com/2011/04/18/what-is-average-nfl-player%E2%80%99s-career-length-longer-than-you-might-think-commissioner-goodell-says/

According to a recent NFL Management Council analysis of players who entered the NFL between 1993 and 2002, the average career length for a player who is on his club’s opening-day roster as a rookie is 6.0 years.


31 posted on 01/02/2014 12:47:09 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: nascarnation

He was a middle-of-the-pack punter in 2012. Some better, some worse.


32 posted on 01/02/2014 12:50:00 PM PST by FAA
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To: C19fan

All of these homosexual bigots and their supporters are self centered, pompous and carry a chip on their shoulder. Anyone who dares disagree with them are to be personally and professionally destroyed. The liberal mantra of tolerance, diversity, compassion and open mindedness are all only for those who agree with them, no conservative or traditionalist is to be accorded those courtesies. Certainly there are other opportunities for this former Viking. Maybe he could advise his buddies that homosexual sex causes fatal diseases, that activities similar to those taking place in SF’s gay parades causes serious injuries to the body and that homosexual men have a life expectancy 20-25 years shorter than straight, monogomos men. Public service announcements along those lines would be most helpful to the male homosexual community, if he can find any media outlet to air those PSAs.


33 posted on 01/02/2014 12:50:11 PM PST by armydawg505
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To: FAA

With the salary cap and the “lowball” rookie salary schedule they introduced in 2011, veteran “utility” players are definitely marginalized.


34 posted on 01/02/2014 12:52:48 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: C19fan

The NFL doesn’t have a kluwe.


35 posted on 01/02/2014 12:55:10 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: C19fan

of course the fact the guy can’t kick for squat couldn’t possibly be the reason…./s


36 posted on 01/02/2014 12:59:24 PM PST by Nifster
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To: C19fan
Chris Kluwe photo: Chris Kluwe scan0191.jpg

A good punter and arguably the best the Vikings ever had but too much of a drama queen for just a kicker.

37 posted on 01/02/2014 1:00:13 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: C19fan
On Feb. 11, I received a message saying, "Please fly under radar please," from a phone number I would later learn belonged to Rick Spielman. The text message presumably concerned several things I had tweeted that day regarding Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down.

Obvious to me he was fired for being a PITA. He felt the need to comment on everthing. It's no wonder no other team wants him.

38 posted on 01/02/2014 1:01:21 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: C19fan
Drama queens gotta do what drama queens gotta do.
39 posted on 01/02/2014 1:04:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: GeronL
We all saw what happened when Phil Robertson spoke out.

I wonder how Chris Kluwe (who was in the NFL twice as long as Duck Dynasty has been on the air) feels about that?

40 posted on 01/02/2014 1:05:19 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy

I bet he was putting on his jack-boots and joining the fascists


41 posted on 01/02/2014 1:07:13 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: VeniVidiVici

“Obvious to me he was fired for being a PITA. He felt the need to comment on everthing. It’s no wonder no other team wants him.”

In his head all of this simply becomes “proof” that he is a Good Man.


42 posted on 01/02/2014 1:10:53 PM PST by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: C19fan

Chris Kluwe, you aren’t an Aaron Rogers type player. Hell, you aren’t at the same level as Josh Freeman, so STFU.


43 posted on 01/02/2014 1:11:00 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014 the year of dead RINOs)
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To: C19fan
This is a true answer. I honestly don't know if my activism was the reason I got fired.

So far, so good.



However, I'm pretty confident it was.

Uh, no. You just got finished admitting you didn't know, so how can you have any degree of confidence at all that you do know? The bottom line here is that a person of your age and experience demands too much money. The Vikings chose to save money by going with a rookie instead.

As for the Raiders, the reason they cut you is because you are white. They decided to go with a black punter instead to show everyone how diverse they were.

44 posted on 01/02/2014 1:15:10 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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Well, Mr. Kluwe left out a few things. He was a middle of the pack, inconsistent, punter entering the last year of his contract to make $1.45 million. Cutting him did not count against the Vike's cap. So, it was mainly a salary dump.

They did the same thing the year before with their kicker, who didn't have a big mouth.

45 posted on 01/02/2014 1:15:41 PM PST by colorado tanker
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At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought it was because of my recent activism for same-sex marriage rights...

I guess it all boils down to a simple question.

Would you want an advocate for same-sex marriage rights in your backfield?

46 posted on 01/02/2014 1:17:57 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: FAA; nascarnation
He was a middle-of-the-pack punter in 2012. Some better, some worse.

Based on his veteran salary requirements and his being a distraction to the team, that makes him a marginal player. Finding a new "average" punter is not difficult, and is a very good reason for an average punter to keep a low profile.

This guy is a worthless backstabber. He has no reason to believe anything but the simple explanation: he said controversial things on a number of issues, not just gay marriage and was asked by his boss not to do it. He was warned about it various ways, and clearly has a higher opinion of his abilities than his actual talent would warrant.

In the current homophobia-witch-hunt climate he's trying to hurt his ex-boss's career just as he embarks on a new job search.

This article is nothing more than vindictive payback, supposedly being done in the name of "courage," but in fact being done for no reason than to harm other human beings.

47 posted on 01/02/2014 1:18:41 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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To: C19fan

Just another example of how liberals believe free speech is only for them and those who agree with them. Those who disagree are supposed to keep their mouths shut.


48 posted on 01/02/2014 1:18:49 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: onyx
Apparently, the owner of the team, Zygi Wilf, didn’t go to bat for him.

At the time, Wilf was trying to extort a billion-dollar stadium out of the taxpayers of Minnesota (he succeeded). He correctly realized that polarizing half his fanbase against his corporate gift drive (we called it 'Wilfare' here) was a bad idea.

Kluwe was kryptonite then. Now he's just a bigmouth.

49 posted on 01/02/2014 1:19:02 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: armydawg505
homosexual men have a life expectancy 20-25 years shorter than straight, monogamous men.

Amen.

The problem is, that actually would be courageous, so he isn't going to say those things.

50 posted on 01/02/2014 1:20:38 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das is nicht richtig nur falsch. Das ist nicht einmal falsch.)
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