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Kluwe: NFL favors wife beaters, drunk drivers over gay rights supporters

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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is continuing his campaign against the NFL for what he says is an attitude of intolerance both toward gays and to people like Kluwe who have advocated for gay rights.

In his latest comments, Kluwe told FOX Twin Cities that Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer should have been suspended for more than three games for making anti-gay remarks after Kluwe began speaking out for gay marriage. Kluwe contrasted Priefer’s suspension with the suspensions for other violations of league rules.

“Players who get caught smoking weed or DUI get four games, and you’re telling me the guy who made a comment like ‘let’s round up all the gays put them on an island nuke it till it glows’ — he’s only going to get a slap on the wrist?” Kluwe said.

Kluwe is a bit off on the suspensions that players get, as players who get DUIs usually aren’t suspended at all unless someone is injured or killed or it’s a repeat offense. Regardless, Kluwe thinks the NFL has misplaced priorities.

“The NFL is a league where you can get redemption for killing someone, for beating your wife in an elevator, for driving drunk, for a whole variety of things but when you speak out for civil rights, that’s the one thing you cannot get redeemed for,” Kluwe added.

When he mentions “beating your wife in an elevator,” Kluwe is clearly referring to Ravens running back Ray Rice, who assaulted his now-wife in an incident early this offseason. Kluwe seems to think the fact that Rice is still with the Ravens, while Kluwe was cut by the Vikings and then cut by the Raiders and is now out of the league, is evidence that the NFL is more forgiving of wife beaters than gay rights supporters.

The reality, however, is that Rice remaining in the NFL while Kluwe is out is not proof that the NFL thinks a player beating his wife is better than a player speaking out for gay rights. It’s proof that Rice is a better player than Kluwe. NFL teams will tolerate almost anything from a player who can help them win. That’s what the NFL really values.

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  1. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 20, 2014 3:13 PM

    Oh look it’s this guy again.

  2. kilofox2014 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:13 PM

    Kluwe is a total tool. He can walk around the locker room with a hole cut in his pants acting like a Penn State victim and laughing about it but wants to be taken seriously as a gay rights activist. This guy needs to go away.

  3. youtubeingravenvids says: Jul 20, 2014 3:14 PM

    You wrote this article pretty good and from a very neutral perspective.

  4. axx1 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:14 PM

    Kluwe has a point.
    The nfl has yet to announce that they will suspend ray rice for the entire season.

  5. minnesotablizzard says: Jul 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    Kluwe is right. You might not agree with his tactics but he’s playing the game of thrones with the Vikings and the NFL. Kluwe is highly intelligent so you have to wonder how many steps ahead he is in his thinking at all times. I know from personal experience and stories from women I know in the Twin Cities that some of these Viking and Timberwolves players are real womanizing scumbags. I say let Kluwe blow the lid off the whole thing.

  6. badgerinwis says: Jul 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    It’s true, and some Packer fans favor a child molester (Mark Chumura) over a guy who was unsure about retirement for a few years.

  7. natelan says: Jul 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    Kluwe 100% correct again!

  8. lestforce says: Jul 20, 2014 3:17 PM

    This story is getting very old, very fast. He got replaced in Minnesota not because he spoke out in favor of gay rights, but because his skill was diminishing, and they drafted a young punter (Jeff Locke) who was more cost-efficient. Same in Oakland. Marquette King beat hom in training camp because he is younger, and thus had room for development. The comparison to rice isn’t even valid. Rice was considered by nearly every analyst as a top 10 RB in the league. Kluwe was an average at best punter toward the end of his career.

  9. vstyle23 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    Shut up Kluweless!!!!!

  10. goldrush36 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    I got nothin against him, and don’t care about his beliefs but does this guy ever shut up?

  11. duluthvikesfan says: Jul 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    For a guy planning to file a lawsuit this week he sure is running his mouth a lot. I can’t believe his lawyer hasn’t told him to zip it. He’s just helping to make the teams case that he is just bitter.

  12. ripwarrior says: Jul 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    Maybe stallworth should have hit kluwe with his car that night (just kidding)

  13. brentswitzer says: Jul 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    The only person Kluwe cares about is the person he sees when he looks in the mirror.

  14. jimbo75025 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    I wish somebody would put Kluwe on an island and nuke it until it glows.

  15. uglydingo says: Jul 20, 2014 3:19 PM

    Roger’s says his job is to “protect the shield”.

  16. iceicebaby32 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:20 PM

    Ray Rice averaged 3.1 yards a carry last season, not sure he’s a better RB than Kluwe is a punter.

  17. pinchekeith says: Jul 20, 2014 3:20 PM

    We still haven’t seen the full elevator video. Maybe we shouldn’t judge Ray Rice until we see what caused him to do what he did.

  18. lexd75 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:20 PM

    And besides, Ray Rice’s woman has already apologized. Let’s move on already. #ratturds

  19. kremis says: Jul 20, 2014 3:21 PM

    What’s this have to do with the steelers being Tebowed out of the playoffs years ago, and have no playoff wins or winning seasons since?

  20. afcdomination says: Jul 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    he seems to totally miss the concept of shutting up right before a major lawsuit.

  21. mtheparrothead says: Jul 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    Yes kluwe. By all means, words should get the same punishment as drug use.

  22. georgeexley says: Jul 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    This guy needs to go away. He is starting to sound like an angry whiner. Ain’t nobody got time for dat.

  23. beavertonsteve says: Jul 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    Being a drunk, wife beater, devoutly religious, or a gay rights supporter does nothing for your value in the NFL. Can you play and are you worth your salary. That’s what determines your value.

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    I think Kluwe raises some great and very valid points. He’s a little off the wall sometimes, but he also has courage and a loud voice that raises issues that nevertheless need to be looked at, and I think his activism efforts are commendable overall. He’s doing a lot of good even though he’s far from perfect, and that’s because he has a strong will and vision for a better future for people in general in this world. I love Chris Kluwe a lot and I’m a big fan and I wish more people had his courage and drive to do good things for others even if it puts themselves in an awkward position. Plus he’s good at punting.

    Rice though is still on the team partly due to the fact that the Ravens front-loaded him so much money that has handcuffed their options. If you take all the signing bonus money away and put it onto salary for this year, I have no doubt they would have cut him since he’s not nearly a good enough player for the total of what he has been paid plus what he is due to be paid. The sunk cost portion is so high that the team is desperate to find a better exit strategy than straight cutting him. Plus, his team hasn’t been respectful in talking about the situation, so there’s other issues that are mucking up the Ray Rice story beyond just his personal choices.

  25. afcdomination says: Jul 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    and Brandon flowers was cut for Marcus Cooper Sean Smith and Ron Parker

    the NFL has these types of decisions all the time. its rather annoying to act as if it has anything to do with gay rights or the NFL preferring “wife beaters” is absolutely ridiculous.

  26. TheWizard says: Jul 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    I fail to see how allowing gays to marry is a “civil right”.

    Their side just doesn’t want an honest debate so they have demonize the opponent.

    Suspending people for words? Did he say Redskins, too?

  27. jimmy53 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    Kluwe is absolutely correct—and the ones that think this is about him as a player, have missed the words coming out of the man’s mouth.

    I have not heard him talk about his job, but I have heard him talk about changing a culture….

    Keep it going Kluwe.

  28. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    Wow kluwe is a real hero. I’m sure his name will be remembered with the likes of MLK, Kennedy & Parks. What a great person he is and surely one of the best kickers to ever play the game, just ask him.

  29. clownsfan says: Jul 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    Kluwe is right.

  30. duluthvikesfan says: Jul 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    The guys who commit crimes like he’s talking about are suspended (or not suspended) by the league. In the case of special teams coach Mike Priefer, it is an internal team matter and the punishment is set by the team. Two different executioners if you will. So, his comparison is off base.

  31. purpleppleeaters says: Jul 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    There you go, Kris. Ratchet it up a notch, move beyond the Vikings, and go after the entire NFL.
    What’s next? The U.S.A.? Go for it.

    Maybe we can find you an environment which better suits your needs. How does Fiji, sound?

  32. bpjensen says: Jul 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    When Kluwe is all done he may have to seek political asylum in Russia.

  33. packsoldier says: Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    The Vikings should never have agreed to the investigation in the first place. Trying to appease the PC Stalinists only encourages more assaults on our liberties.

  34. frostyviking says: Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    He’s like the guy at the end of the bar that just won’t shut up.

  35. kd75 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    The NFL favors players that score points.

  36. 1tom1234 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    Time for him to shut up and go away. If he spent as much time honing his punting skills, maybe he could get another chance. Who wants to hire a litigious employee when there are others as good, or better, who will not sue you when things go south?

  37. fissels says: Jul 20, 2014 3:30 PM

    ok Kluwe we got your point. Now go away.

  38. rickrenteria says: Jul 20, 2014 3:30 PM

    “The NFL is a league where you can get redemption for killing someone…”

    Throwing some chin music at Ray Lewis.

  39. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jul 20, 2014 3:30 PM

    This guy again? GO AWAY! Sincerely gay and straight people.

  40. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 3:31 PM

    I can’t argue with Kluwe on the NFL being soft on domestic violence and drunk driving. Add drugs and weapons in there. But this isn’t an either-or issue. I’m not fond of any of them. Nothing against gays…but gay rights supporters….I’m not fond of anyone jumping out there and saying I’m a bad guy because I am in favor of the traditional family and beliefs on marriage. Stay out of my face on all of that.

  41. mailcall2 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:31 PM

    I Started being really proud of the fact that I was Gay even though I wasn’t. ~Kurt Cobain

  42. marthisdil says: Jul 20, 2014 3:32 PM

    Kluwe – who said everyone has to agree with the gay agenda?

  43. smitty113 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:33 PM

    Kluwe is about as relevant and has as much staying power as Occupy Wall Street. He’ll be gone in a puff of smoke soon enough.

  44. queenlivekillers says: Jul 20, 2014 3:34 PM

    Although Kluwe may not be the best example and he may not be 100% correct in his analogies, let’s not dismiss his general point. The League has some hypocrisy issues.

  45. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    He’s trying to win over the court of public opinion it seems like.

    He realizes that isn’t admissible in actual court right?

  46. craniator says: Jul 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    I’m all for gay rights and civil rights . . . but over the past five or six years , we’ve seemingly become obsessed with advancing these causes at the expense of everything else. Enough already.

  47. Ed Bandell says: Jul 20, 2014 3:37 PM

    No, the NFL prefers players that can actually play the game of football. When you don’t have the talent anymore, teams get rid of you.

    If Kluwe was still a good punter, some team would sign him.

    Sam Koch in Baltimore just had a bad season. It was his first kind of “meh” season with the Ravens and they brought in a rookie free agent to compete with him in camp. If the rookie looks better I fully expect the Ravens to go with the younger, cheaper option.

  48. vikingsnorth says: Jul 20, 2014 3:40 PM

    But he’s fine with jokes about raping children.

  49. bcajun says: Jul 20, 2014 3:42 PM

    Vikings=ZERO Superbowls

  50. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 3:45 PM

    Regardless of who is wrong here…consider this. I think if Kluwe put as much effort into his punting as he does trying to create a stir, none of this would have happened.

  51. coltzfan166 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:46 PM

    Sorry. I know he’s getting annoying (partly because the media won’t leave him alone either…it gives them something to write about), but he is right.

  52. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 3:46 PM

    I don’t care if you can punt it to the moon. If you make your team mates detest being at work and affect them, you’re not on my team. Thanks, have a nice day. Time for football.

  53. corky2141 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:47 PM

    Did the NFL give the heave ho to Brendon Ayanbadejo for his backing of gay rights? He seems to be just as outspoken as kluwe. From Ayanbadejo’s wiki “Ayanbadejo has since said that he has received widespread support in the world of football.[12][13] Among others, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a scathing response to Burns, while the Ravens also publicly sided with Ayanbadejo.[12] In February 2013, Ayanbadejo and Kluwe filed a joint amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage,”. Why is one so he’ll bent on acting like he got cut for this reason rather than money/talent reasons and the other has gone out quietly?

  54. JaminJake says: Jul 20, 2014 3:47 PM

    Kluwe is a punter. With the exception of someone like Shane Lechler, they are a dime a dozen.

    Rice is a RB, and while their positions value is a fraction of what it was 10 years ago, he still far more valuable than Kluwe could ever dream of being. Now maybe if he can figure a way to angle every punt inside the 5, but I just don’t see that happening.

  55. allseeingone says: Jul 20, 2014 3:48 PM

    Kluwe = Prone to Hysteria

  56. timmywarbux says: Jul 20, 2014 3:48 PM

    The point is the NFL teams value winning over anything else. Who cares if this guy is likable or not. He is right. Players can get DUIs, be accused of rape, accidentally kill people, beat their wives, etc… They will still get paid millions and the NFL turns their head. I know nothing about this guy but I’m glad a player is bringing national attention to it.

  57. bjsdad says: Jul 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    Go away Kluwe. Go back to being Sam’s’ Houseboy!!!

  58. olcap says: Jul 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    Too many people using the NFL for social experimentation and a stage for crybabies. I’ve had about enough.

  59. thetruth323 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    Chris, I love the fact that you are the supreme defender of gay rights in the NFL, or wait, you were. However you are getting a bit annoying dude, go play some video games and chill the eff out. Cheers.

  60. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:55 PM

    Kluwe only cares about the Kluwe rights supports.

  61. MostlyRight says: Jul 20, 2014 3:56 PM

    The First Amendment protects both Kluwe to say what he believes and some old coach to say what he believes. It doesn’t grant him the talent or right to stay in the NFL. Two teams gave him a shot and then passed. If he’s blacklisted it’s not because he’s an activist, it’s that he put his activism hobby ahead of his professional career, and that doesn’t fly at the elite level.

  62. 2manyconcussions says: Jul 20, 2014 3:57 PM

    It might help Kluwe if he read the labor agreement. It specifies the penalties and the offenses. There are probably a few sports writers who would benefit from some research as well.

  63. sanchock says: Jul 20, 2014 3:57 PM

    I’m all for anything that keeps the the spotlight on the NFL and the Ray Rice situation. If it bizarrely takes Kluwe and his lawsuit to keep that in the news, fine. The Ray Rice ‘apology’ press conference, the Ravens Twitter response to it, and the lack of any discipline from Goodell has been a total abomination.

    I don’t even understand it. Talk about a softball for Goodell. With NO backlash he could have said “Ray Rice is suspended indefinitely. We won’t tolerate our employees assaulting women under any circumstances.”

    He would have been lauded for decisiveness like Adam Silver was w Donald Sterling. I mean what, does he not realize he could use free positive PR?

  64. mailcall2 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:58 PM

    ” I think that Gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

  65. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jul 20, 2014 3:58 PM

    “Players who get caught smoking weed or DUI get four games, and you’re telling me the guy who made a comment like ‘let’s round up all the gays put them on an island nuke it till it glows’ — he’s only going to get a slap on the wrist?” Kluwe said…..UMMM…thought Kluwe was smart. See those things the players did are in fact ‘actions’, and what is coach did are in fact ‘stupid words’…there is a difference.

  66. grayone77 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:59 PM

    The main point is he’s claiming this is why he lost his job. He never mentions he almost lost it on several occasions, most notably in 08 for kicking to Reggie Bush twice. I was on his side for a while, but now I can’t in good conscience stay on his side. My 10 month old son cries less than he does. I’ve had enough. Be a man for crying out loud.

  67. craziestcanuck says: Jul 20, 2014 3:59 PM

    The NFL didnt cut Kluwe, the Vikings did. And they cut him because a rookie punter was more cost effective for them. But of course Kluwe is gonna allege that Goodell called the Vikings and ordered them to cut him. Despite the fact that the rest of the Vikings special teams couldnt cover a half decent punt and Priefer is on record as having told Kluwe to take something off his punts so the rest of the team could catch up and tackle someone.

    As far as who do they hit hardest with suspensions? We dont know yet because they havent been announced. Irsay, Hardy, Aldon Smith, and Rice are all still pending. Put your phone back in your pocket and resist the urge to pontificate on things before theyre dealt with. Rome wasnt built in a day, give it a rest already

  68. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 20, 2014 3:59 PM

    OK kluwe. if you’re so offended by that comment, then how about you be fired for making child rape jokes and directing them to a coach simply because he went to PSU? you think child rape is funny?

    let’s be honest: kluwe’s goal is to destroy the vikings franchise, fans, players, coaches, everything minnesota. he is the most butt sore athlete i have ever seen in my life.

    oh but the raiders cut him too? are they next? maybe they cut him to because of his gay rights activism…and there is the vikings defense. the raiders cut him too. case CLOSED.

  69. bengcolt says: Jul 20, 2014 4:03 PM

    Sorry buddy…Michael Sam is already in the lime light on the gay topic….. stop making ignorant remarks and gripes. We all have our opinions and we all do not have to agree with yours as you don’t have to agree with ours. Get over yourself.

  70. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 20, 2014 4:03 PM

    I will always cheer for underdogs who are right when they are attacked and/or treated poorly by richer, stronger people or organizations.

    Fight The Good Fight, Chris Kluwe!!!

  71. tigerlilac says: Jul 20, 2014 4:03 PM

    Forget Kluwe for a moment and think about how many NFL players during the height of their careers talked openly in support of a progressive cause: civil rights, South Africa disinvestment, the war in Vietnam (or Iraq or Afghanistan) marriage equality, income inequality, voting rights or universal health care coverage. Now, turn it around and think about all of the guys that were openly out on the other side of those issues. The great athletes that were outwardly progressive (Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali) were pilloried for their politics despite their greatness.

  72. theanalyticalkid says: Jul 20, 2014 4:03 PM

    The NFL has become a soap opera during the offseason.

  73. wtfchiefs says: Jul 20, 2014 4:04 PM

    Don’t forget the drug addicts and murderers. The NFL loves those too. Unless you smoke marijuana. The NFL won’t stand for that.

  74. cags777 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:05 PM

    While Kluwe does make some valid points to consider, he still insists on being the victim in this case and seems to be taking out anyone who disagrees with him in the slightest. That’s sheer lunacy! I and many Vikings fans have encouraged him to simply zip it and save the battle for another day. But he doesn’t know when to quit and he’s alienating any remaining fans he has left. Bottom line: Kluwe needs to own up that: 1) he cared more about other things than football during practice and games – which ultimately led to his performance; 2) he was a distraction – not just about gay rights, but other topics (his band, radio, video games, politics, etc.); 3) Vikings should have owned up to those two facts, but played it too nice when he was released; 4) Priefer should have been fired for lying to his employers about comments he made about gays instead of suspended for three games. When you’re being investigated for misconduct, you should always tell the truth and not lie to your employers. Otherwise, expect to be shown the door.

  75. r8dernation says: Jul 20, 2014 4:05 PM

    Their side just doesn’t want an honest debate so they have demonize the opponent.
    ________________________________

    Sounds like every Republican I’ve ever known.

  76. ace8842 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:08 PM

    Kluwe is making sure gays never make it in the NFL by proving he is a distraction.

    I want to know why the NFL gave $100,000 to gay rights groups and organizations. If someone said this about Christians, would the NFL give that same money to Operation Christmas Child or Focus on the Family? The NFL should not be involved in this type of political way, it’s wrong.

  77. skoobyfl says: Jul 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    I don’t understand all of his actions but reality is he has an agenda & the Vikings don’t exactly look prepared for this, especially with coaches claiming it’d be best to nuke islands full of all gay folks. That seems extremely harsh, like way out of bounds.

  78. burtreynoldstoupee says: Jul 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    Why is anyone listening to a guy who makes jokes about pedophilia? Aside from thinking that victims of Sandusky were humorous, he also thought it was amusing to tweet a joke a couple years back about good kneelers in the Catholic church. What kind of human thinks child abuse is funny?

  79. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Jul 20, 2014 4:13 PM

    Always a martyr, this Chris Kluwe fella.

  80. pipkinite says: Jul 20, 2014 4:15 PM

    Time is true to cue the next kluwe clue – for it’s a really great game, yeah. Womp womp.

  81. thetruthcampaign says: Jul 20, 2014 4:15 PM

    It just got real.

  82. dickjagger says: Jul 20, 2014 4:19 PM

    I think Kluwe should get into politics. He seems to have the drive to fight political issues and doesn’t appear to have much of an NFL career left so why not? Beats standing around and complaining about it. He’s got money, and unlike many of us, can go back to school and do it the easy way (no student loans, no multiple jobs, can focus solely on his political science degree). Why not?

  83. kingkornkahn says: Jul 20, 2014 4:21 PM

    I love the irony when people make extreme anti-gay statements like coach. Wanting everyone to know how un-gay you are by saying gays should be nuked is about the gayest thing you could do. The coach doth protest too much, methinks. Ultimately, I think Mike Priefer wants to nuke Mike Priefer.

  84. guitarfreak21 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:28 PM

    Kluwe is a worthless piece of vile scum.

  85. patfic5 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:28 PM

    Piss off Punter. You’re just a waste of a roster spot on Madden.

  86. psly2124 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:29 PM

    It’s official my hatred for Kluwe has surpassed any person in professional sports.

  87. eagles512 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:31 PM

    This guy is insane. He’s mentioning the coach’s comments and ignoring what he said completely. He needs some help. Completely delusional.

  88. bayareacolt says: Jul 20, 2014 4:34 PM

    He didn’t lie.

  89. geejon says: Jul 20, 2014 4:41 PM

    This piece crap got exposed for being the hypocrite he truly is so now he’s trying to take everyone else down with them.

  90. ragnarthegreat says: Jul 20, 2014 4:46 PM

    I wonder if Kluwe would be this vocal to Ray Lewis’ face,or Ray Rice for that matter. Just sayin..

  91. hurricane6670 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:47 PM

    We have now officially reached the sixteenth minute of your fame Mr. Kluwe.

  92. Timothy Benton says: Jul 20, 2014 4:51 PM

    I knew that sooner or later this drama was going to start.
    Personally I could care less about their personal life, if they screw up, punish them, but not forever. Seems last I checked they were doing this.
    So how did this ever become a gay issue.
    I am so sick and tired of hearing gay this, gay that. If you are gay, good for you, but keep your drama to yourself. I watch football for the love of the game, not for drama being brought up every place else you look.
    For having only 3% of the population these idiots seem to think that 100% of our time should be looking at your issue. I do not want anyone to pay attention even 1% of the time on the fact that I am a heterosexual, and this is all that I want to see this garbage about them.

  93. mutohasaposse says: Jul 20, 2014 4:52 PM

    I’d say the NFL supports personalities and playmakers that bring in viewers. You think if Peyton, Sherman, and Calvin Johnson weekly advocated for gay rights they’d be out of the league? Nope, they’d be treated exactly the same. And if those same guys decided to play real life GTA and started running over people all over the city, they’d also just get a slap on the wrist.

    It’s the playmaking that is favored, not the political stance.

  94. footballfan14 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:59 PM

    I won’t call him names because he will claim I’m a bigot or something but I do think he is over reaching and just needs to go off in the sunset. Does he really think stuff like this could force a NFL team to sign him?

    Right now he has become #1 on each team’s do not sign list. He will never play in the NFL again doing this stuff.

  95. davetrembley says: Jul 20, 2014 5:02 PM

    Kluwe is living proof that all you need to be a pundit is a keyboard/microphone and an audience.

    Well done, lad.

    As for the Vikings and the NFL, has it occurred to anyone to throw some cash his way if you want him to shut up?

  96. sportswright says: Jul 20, 2014 5:03 PM

    This is ridiculous, let’s get back to football news.

  97. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jul 20, 2014 5:04 PM

    Nobody forced you to take a paycheck from the NFL. Move on, dude.

  98. fwippel says: Jul 20, 2014 5:06 PM

    So Kluwe gets exposed as a hypocrite, and now he’s lashing out again trying to change the subject. Making fun of Jerry Sandusky’s victims is okay, but Preifer’s comments are not?

    Here’s some perspective: Kluwe was not nearly as offended by Preifer’s remarks when they were made as he attempting to portray right now. If he had been, he would have filed a grievance with the NFLPA at the time of this incident.

    Instead, Kluwe waited until Preifer was at his most vulnerable. The day after Leslie Frazier was fired, Kluwe can forth with this story. Why? Because most assistant coaches are not retained by new head coaches, and Kluwe believed that doing things this would prevent Preifer from ever being rehired by another head coach. In other words, Kluwe hasn’t been acting out of a desire to achieve equal rights for gays, but rather out of vengeance towards Preifer.

    I have no problem with the Vikings suspending Preifer for three games. It sends the right message while also acknowledging that he is a valuable coach whom the players like playing for.

    However, after watching Kluwe’s continued acidic behavior, it is little wonder why no players come forward to support him. Kluwe believes it is perfectly fine to lash out in hatred at anyone who disagrees with his take on social issues.

    The one thing the Kluwe has never figured out is that his approach to these issues turns off nearly everyone who might otherwise support him. You can’t act like a jackass and expect to win others over to your point of view.

  99. purpleppleeaters says: Jul 20, 2014 5:06 PM

    Kluwe should donate 100K to Child Protective Services, for his crimes. We’re talking equality, here, right?

  100. 2difshoe says: Jul 20, 2014 5:06 PM

    Can you imagine Kluwe and Rex Ryan in a room together?

  101. thefiesty1 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:07 PM

    Manning already said something about”our stupid kicker”. It’s about time everyone started ignoring Klume.

  102. mrmidevil says: Jul 20, 2014 5:13 PM

    Only thing insee derailing this argument could be NFLs handleing of the incognito/martin incident and the openly gay player in st. Louis.

  103. walter0247 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:21 PM

    I’m ok with that if it makes you mad

  104. johnodocks says: Jul 20, 2014 5:27 PM

    I wonder if Kluwe ever wonders why the Vikings never suspended or fined him for making his “joke” about child abuse victims. Or why they didn’t send him to sensitivity training classes.

  105. micklegrande says: Jul 20, 2014 5:29 PM

    The bottom line is that the NFL is run by dinosaurs, plain and simple.

    Medical Marijuana is legal in 23 states (and D.C.) and marijuana is legal in Washington and Colorado to everyone. Yet, great players like Josh Gordon are suspended for its use.

    Gay marriage is legal in 19 states yet coaches need “Sensitivity Training” because in their culture, being gay is an insult akin to being “weak”.

    The NFL will be better off once all the old guard are gone and Roger Goodell is replaced.

  106. migoli says: Jul 20, 2014 5:29 PM

    What’s worse? A joke about child rape or attempting or discrimination? I’ll go discrimination every time . Nice try though to the people trying to discredit Kluwe for the penn state jokes.

  107. natelan says: Jul 20, 2014 5:30 PM

    9 out of 10 PFT readers here are on the wrong side of history.

    Priefer wants to execute every gay person in the world.

    And you either agree or don’t care.

    Disgusting.

  108. nflpoker says: Jul 20, 2014 5:36 PM

    If Michael Sam gets cut by the Rams, I have a pretty good feeling he won’t whine about. He would have been given his opportunity and someone else beat him out. Also, I bet he would thank the Rams for giving him that shot.

    Someone needs to change Kluwe’s diapers. They are really starting to smell.

  109. charmcitychampions says: Jul 20, 2014 5:37 PM

    The ONLY thing the NFL favors is TALENT. They will put up with just about anything if the talent on the field is greater than the headache off of it. Once the distraction is more than payoff the player is GONE.

    Kluwe was a marginal at best player. And a distraction as he was always looking for a platform to preach from. Being easily replaceable AND an annoying smarmy douche is not a way to keep any job.

  110. xxkingbmorexx says: Jul 20, 2014 5:37 PM

    Kcuf a Klume . . .

  111. smedleybumchuckle says: Jul 20, 2014 5:46 PM

    And then there is a guy like Ray Lewis, who not only killed two people, but will be elected into the HOF on the first ballet.

  112. runtheball says: Jul 20, 2014 5:50 PM

    Chris Kluwe favors jokes about innocent children being raped over jokes about an adult’s sexual preference.

  113. pftcoachmen says: Jul 20, 2014 5:51 PM

    All the punters should be rounded up, put on an island, and nuked.

    Or at least 1 ex punter.

  114. knew8411 says: Jul 20, 2014 5:52 PM

    Kluwe you have no decision into what another man’s punsihment should be. You did what you thought you needed to do, and reported the things you did.
    The longer you rant and rave about this issue, the worse you are going to look.
    As for your no longer having a job in the NFL, I am far more inclined to believe it is because you just cant cut the mustard any longer, than I am to believe there was some sort of witch hunt aginst you.
    You’d best be served to be quiet and let the process take its course.
    Besides, I am personally tired of hearing your whining.

  115. stellarperformance says: Jul 20, 2014 5:53 PM

    Kluwe hastened his own demise by being outspoken on subjects most Neanderthals grunt and laugh about. Being a mid-level punter and easily cut is a convenience for an employer like the Vikings. It is hard to prove something as fact when there is nobody else that wants to stick their heck out. Kluge has his money….this is not about the money. Kluwe is speaking for all employees that have been subjected to harassment, ridicule, bullying, intimidation, and worse. He deserves everyone’s support.

  116. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 20, 2014 6:02 PM

    While that statement is admittedly over the top, it’s not necessarily inaccurate.

  117. mikemyditka says: Jul 20, 2014 6:05 PM

    Kluwe is inadvertently arguing against his lawsuit.

    By talking about Ray Rice not getting cut for beating his wife, what he’s admitting is that the NFL has a culture that DOESN’T cut people for off the field stuff.

    Therefore he just strengthened the case that he was fired for performance based reasons.

  118. tbutler704 says: Jul 20, 2014 6:08 PM

    It is nonetheless appalling to have Ray Rice playing.

    I guess he only knocked her out once.

  119. bucsorbust says: Jul 20, 2014 6:08 PM

    Wanna make some quick cash? Claim you’re gay, go back and act like something offended you, and file a lawsuit. Yeah, you could really be gay, but you don’t have to be. After all, Kluwe is gay but claims he was offended…but clearly isn’t really offended. Time for football. Kluwe should take a va-ca.

  120. gayforbrady says: Jul 20, 2014 6:13 PM

    Never bite the hand that feeds you.

    And ray rice should be suspended for at least 8 games.

  121. Waffle 2.0 says: Jul 20, 2014 6:21 PM

    when you are slightly above average and make 10 times more than a rookie or intern it’s best to not be the biggest distraction and malcontent in the locker room or boardroom

  122. 34defense2014 says: Jul 20, 2014 6:28 PM

    The truth is this is going to keep snow balling until it reaches the national news and all of the Civil rights groups will be voicing there opinions! Rightfully so!! Time for the NFL to start wising up! He’s not going to go away! Why should he? NFL will try as hard as they can to try and distance it self from this! Just like the concussion issue! The NFL had the Nads to pull the plug on the story of concussions. To the point where the people that put in hundreds of hours putting together the story had to broadcast it on PBS!! Same goes for ESPN!! They backed out of the deal just before it was suppose to air on ESPN!! Losers!!! NFL+ESPN= Cowards!

  123. mdrew75 says: Jul 20, 2014 6:28 PM

    Kluwe’s divisive, attention-seeking distractions as a member of his team outweighed his value to that team as a punter. Plain and simple. It wouldn’t have mattered if he was on his soapbox about any other issue. If he was preaching and constantly being a distraction to that point about a different issue, they still would have got rid of him.

    I agree with most, if not all, of what the guy says- but I can’t stand him because of the way he goes about it. He doesn’t come of as sincere in his actions. He comes off as an arrogant hipster-savant know-it-all. It puts people off.

    Guys like Ray Lewis and Lawrence Taylor get a ridiculous amount if leeway because they are high-impact or HOF players. If Ray Lewis was the average middle linebacker- do you think he would have been kept around? No way. Then take a guy like Josh Gordon. Do you think he would have been cut by now if he was a fourth or fifth wideout? He’s still on his team because he’s a supreme talent. It might not be fair- but it’s the same even in high school. Kluwe is a punter. A PUNTER. A team is not going to put up with a big headache and a bunch of distractions for a run-of-the-mill punter.

    What Kluwe in his own arrogance is missing is the fact that yes, he got cut because of the situation- but not because it was about gay rights advocacy. It was that the behavior and self-glorifying shenanigans about said situation was adding problems to an already struggling team. I’ve known and worked with guys just like him, and whether you agree with them or not- they will disrupt your whole office/team,etc. They get off on it. He’s got that whole misguided ‘activist’ thing going on. But all he does is divide people further, instead of bringing them together.

    If Kluwe and Preifer would have just left their personal views at home like professionals in any workplace are supposed to, there wouldn’t have been a problem. Everyone should have a right to go to work and not be harassed about personal choices or beliefs. No one talks about the players or staff on the Vikings that had nothing to do with these two individuals problems with eachother. Yet they had to work in a hostile or awkward environment because these clowns couldn’t just leave their personal beliefs at the door and act like professionals. They are the ones I feel sorry for. The fault with the Vikings is that it these guys both should have been written up/ warned etc. and called on the carpet for their behavior in the workplace right off the bat, just like you or I would in the workplace. Management needs to nip any of that garbage in the bud, and ensure a healthy workplace for ALL employees.

  124. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 20, 2014 6:38 PM

    Kluwe has been openly supportive of those with “alternative” lifestyles. He has always had detractors, not because of his playing ability but because of the support and voice he has lent to a cause. That suggests a couple of things, one there is an overwhelming majority of people who don’t know anything about football, because it wasn’t about his play or skill, and two they support discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation among other things. Pretty sad in 2014, as a matter if fact it’s a shame that those people that support discrimination can’t recognize that.

  125. matt2calvin says: Jul 20, 2014 6:39 PM

    This idiot made a huge mistake when he chose to drag Ray Rice into the conversation.

    He is no longer dealing with the boys from Madison Avenue…

    Street justice is much quicker.

  126. thatswhatimsayin says: Jul 20, 2014 6:39 PM

    just think of the money, time and energy spent defending your name against discrimination claims like this. I sincerely think he just wants a bill named after himself “The Kluwe act”. If Kluwe has a case then Tebow has a massive case

  127. genericuser8888 says: Jul 20, 2014 6:41 PM

    This guy is a loud mouth.

    That’s really all I know about him.

    It’s really bizarre how hard the Vikings work to be annoying. It’s like, if they can’t win, they just hire loudmouths or people who act trashy to work for them.

    This is coming from someone who rarely thinks about the Vikings…but when I do, it’s always because if something stupid like this.

  128. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 20, 2014 6:50 PM

    Angry ex-punter on the warpath. Quite possibly the least climactic clown show in world history.

  129. pftcoachmen says: Jul 20, 2014 6:53 PM

    Its sad that this is even a topic. A bitter ex employee, whom has burnt all his bridges has nothing left to do but try to take as many people down with him.

    This shall pass.
    It isn’t about gay rights – its an ill show you move.

  130. catquick says: Jul 20, 2014 6:56 PM

    The Vikings didn’t cut Kluwe for activism, but what if they did? It’s a divisive subject, and he’s there to kick, not prothletize. They would be within their rights to do so if they did.

  131. dalcow4 says: Jul 20, 2014 7:00 PM

    How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

  132. footballfan72 says: Jul 20, 2014 7:01 PM

    Hard to argue his point. Makes me wonder if the Genius GM in Baltimore looks for guys named Ray with mile long rap sheets to sign while listening to Bad Bad Leroy Brown….

  133. gayforbrady says: Jul 20, 2014 7:01 PM

    If kluwe wins this case any person who ever overhead a gay or racial will have a case to earn money.

  134. sylvester000001 says: Jul 20, 2014 7:26 PM

    This guy just seems to want the attention of being a general trouble maker, and has chosen a way to do it that you can’t speak against him.

    If it wasn’t this it would be something else he used to get his attention.

    He seems like a kicker who wasn’t quite good enough to be the guys he apparently is jealous of, so this is how he’s getting his attention.

    Just what it seems like given how over the top his behavior seems.

  135. FlashPatterson says: Jul 20, 2014 7:28 PM

    Athletic ability probably factors in there somewhere.

  136. keeppounding says: Jul 20, 2014 7:44 PM

    I’d rather get a dwi and take a beating… Than to have to keep hearing this guys name in the news.

  137. pillowporkers says: Jul 20, 2014 7:45 PM

    So what I’m hearing is Kluwe thinks that saying an anti-gay joke in poor taste is worse than driving drunk, or at least as bad? Ok then…

  138. glad4sgone says: Jul 20, 2014 7:48 PM

    I’m not gay, I’m not a minority, or anything like that. However, if I were any of those, I would not want Chris Kluwe fighting for my cause….

  139. igocommando says: Jul 20, 2014 7:50 PM

    This guy is all about media attention. Thanks, PFT.

  140. mrlaloosh says: Jul 20, 2014 7:59 PM

    I know page clicks equal revenue but, do you have to give this clown a soapbox to spout his pandering rhetoric? Please let him go off softly into the night…….

  141. 34defense2014 says: Jul 20, 2014 8:01 PM

    mdrew I starting reading your post and I was getting angry!! But after a few lines. You and gofor2with3pointlead are absolutely correct!! This Country needs more people such as yourselves!! Thank you both for being class acts!! Wish there where more Peeps like you 2 the world would be a much better place!!!! Thanks for your great posts!!

  142. shockhawk12 says: Jul 20, 2014 8:07 PM

    This bigmouth has been running his pie-hole non-stop since he arrived in the NFL..If he had ever learned to shut up he might still be playing..
    He’s just another over-the-hill whiner, trying for one last embarrassing cash grab hidden behind his ” Cause”

  143. mediasloppy says: Jul 20, 2014 8:10 PM

    Maybe if 100 people wouldn’t jump into every article dealing with Kluwe, Redskins PC and what gets your goat there wouldn’t be any incentive to keep writing up articles that get you frothing at the mouth…

  144. chilomane says: Jul 20, 2014 8:10 PM

    Ray Rice is a coward.

  145. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Jul 20, 2014 8:49 PM

    natelan says:
    Jul 20, 2014 5:30 PM
    9 out of 10 PFT readers here are on the wrong side of history.

    Priefer wants to execute every gay person in the world.

    And you either agree or don’t care.

    Disgusting.

    Give me a break. When did we all become so literal in this country? Can you not see that Priefer was either exaggerating or blatantly trolling Kluwe? Is a three game suspension, coupled with what will undoubtedly be a steep financial penalty, really not enough for the zealots?

    What happened to us?

  146. bobsnygiants says: Jul 20, 2014 8:52 PM

    I BELIEVE THIS IS TRUE.

  147. pjcostello says: Jul 20, 2014 9:20 PM

    YES, Kluwe, ACTIONS are punished while WORDS are not. Whether you agree with that or not — too bad.

  148. guinsrule2 says: Jul 20, 2014 9:22 PM

    So basically, Kluwe thinks he should have the right to free speech, but Mike Priefer shouldn’t.

  149. dartwick says: Jul 20, 2014 9:38 PM

    The NFL favor exceptional athletes over average easily replaceable ones.

    /em rolls eyes

  150. topcide says: Jul 20, 2014 9:56 PM

    bucsorbust says:
    Jul 20, 2014 3:31 PM
    I can’t argue with Kluwe on the NFL being soft on domestic violence and drunk driving. Add drugs and weapons in there. But this isn’t an either-or issue. I’m not fond of any of them. Nothing against gays…but gay rights supporters….I’m not fond of anyone jumping out there and saying I’m a bad guy because I am in favor of the traditional family and beliefs on marriage. Stay out of my face on all of that.
    ————————————————

    This comment is the most annoying one that tends to pop up again and again during the gay rights argument.

    So your not against gays, but you think they don’t deserve the same rights as you even though the 114th ammendment guarantees those rights, but your not against them ?

    Nothing enrages me more than something camoflauging how they feel with cute words.

    If you think something deserves second class status in America, at least own it.

  151. truths4all says: Jul 20, 2014 10:02 PM

    The NFL is all about winning games. Anyone who tries to divert the team’s energies and attention to push his wrongful social agenda will be cut as there is not one team who will tolerate any player’s personal agenda over the winning of games.

    If winning is not your priority, every NFL team will have zero tolerance for your agenda.

  152. delusionalcardsfan says: Jul 20, 2014 10:15 PM

    The last sentence summed it up perfectly.

  153. sonofad says: Jul 20, 2014 10:22 PM

    He’s using a broad brush to paint the rest of these league with these degenerate Viking behaviors.

  154. kcflake says: Jul 20, 2014 10:27 PM

    Keep crying kluwe.

  155. mtrhead269 says: Jul 20, 2014 10:30 PM

    So in addition to thinking of himself as an elitist that knows all, says all. He now can determine the proper PC thinking for any and all people. The only position allowed on any issue is his.

    He’s also a srt now ready to out any former player in order to continue to think of himself as relevant.

    New flash Kluwe you were an overpaid middle of the pack punter. You couldn’t even make the Radiers.

    You’ve become annoying.

  156. logicalvoicescowboybrother says: Jul 20, 2014 10:32 PM

    Why do Americans have a problem with ANYONE having rights? Gay people, Women, Latino’s, African American’s people with expensive illnesses, poor people.

    It was once said that you can judge a society by the way it treats, the sick, the poor and the minority’s. Man America must be a soulless place ~ scrap that ~ it has never had a soul.

  157. packersarethebest says: Jul 20, 2014 10:32 PM

    It doesn’t surprise me one but that this loser is a product of the Vikings! He just can’t shut up just like their fans and he’s a complete loser just like their franchise!!!

  158. dodohead418 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:07 PM

    Kluwe is sick.

  159. tebowislife says: Jul 20, 2014 11:45 PM

    Many of the things that Kluwe has said about the NFL are correct. However, if his goal is to change attitudes in the NFL, he is going about it the completely wrong way. He is coming off as a bitter attention monger.

  160. redskins21lakers24 says: Jul 20, 2014 11:51 PM

    He has a point

  161. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 21, 2014 12:03 AM

    Sylvester000001 says:
    Jul 20, 2014 7:26 PM

    “This guy just seems to want the attention of being a general trouble maker, and has chosen a way to do it that you can’t speak against him.”

    A more false statement can hardly be made, since you are in fact, speaking against him.

    Sylvester000001 says:
    “He seems like a kicker who wasn’t quite good enough to be the guys he apparently is jealous of, so this is how he’s getting his attention.”

    He was a punter not a kicker, however subtle that difference may be, there is no difference in the discrimination waged against him because he has advocated for discrimination against “alternative lifestyles” to end. Although it is likely it is attention he seeks, it is unlikely to be personal attention or fortune, as he began this campaign well before his employment with the Vikings ended. This obvious distinction is most likely lost on you as well.

  162. ugadogs21 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:12 AM

    Like a true pillow princes Kluwe will never be satisfied.

  163. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jul 21, 2014 12:20 AM

    yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says:
    Jul 20, 2014 8:49 PM

    “Give me a break. When did we all become so literal in this country? Can you not see that Priefer was either exaggerating or blatantly trolling Kluwe? Is a three game suspension, coupled with what will undoubtedly be a steep financial penalty, really not enough for the zealots?”

    What happened to us?”

    Prejudice know no bounds when it comes to hypocrisy. If those be labeled zealots that would oppose discrimination against those who cannot defend themselves, long live those with such courage.

  164. teambolt5000 says: Jul 21, 2014 12:30 AM

    Is Kluwe saying gay people don’t drive drunk or beat their wives? (Pun absolutely intended)

  165. bridgeh20mvp says: Jul 21, 2014 12:32 AM

    Step out of the Closet already man! Even the Gay people that I know are tired of this guy! So glad the Vikes got rid of him! Good luck on your lawsuit! If you drop a player like Aaron Rodgrs at his position because he’s gay or outspoken it’s 1-thing, but Kluwe was average at best for the $1.5million annually he was to receive!

  166. rajbais says: Jul 21, 2014 1:42 AM

    Here’s what they want: good locker room guys.

    Why? Because they do not want to babysit.

  167. channer81 says: Jul 21, 2014 1:51 AM

    Kluwe would easily have a better claim if he was a top 5 punter heck even if the guy replacing him had a lesser average. But the fact that he made so much and wasn’t as good as the guy replacing him, he should either keep his mouth shut, send an apology fax to all 32 teams, not for his stance, but the way he went about it if he was serious about making a comeback. Or he should just retire and go into politics.

  168. wfi801 says: Jul 21, 2014 2:17 AM

    So Kluwe just doesn’t stop and people are tired of him. And all his whining just undermines his credibility because he just wants to stay in the limelight. People like him hurt the very causes they want to champion. Even the kid on the Rams, Michael Sam is smart enough to keep his mouth shut.

  169. defscottyb says: Jul 21, 2014 2:43 AM

    It’s because your a punter Kluwe. All u do is punt. You don’t score points, your not that important. Your replaceable especially when your making too much money and also a huge distraction to your team. Those other guys you mentioned are actually important to winning games. It would be different if you were a pivotal part of the offense, like a running threat punter lol. Like if you took a few direct snaps on 4th down a game and ran or threw for 1st downs and scores like a read option punter. C’MON MAN!

  170. michfan says: Jul 21, 2014 3:31 AM

    Hey Kluwe, you got cut! You were crap the last year! Go Home! Be Done! You sucked!!

  171. natelan says: Jul 21, 2014 5:53 AM

    yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says:
    Jul 20, 2014 8:49 PM
    natelan says:
    Jul 20, 2014 5:30 PM
    9 out of 10 PFT readers here are on the wrong side of history.

    Priefer wants to execute every gay person in the world.

    And you either agree or don’t care.

    Disgusting.
    ———————–
    Give me a break. When did we all become so literal in this country? Can you not see that Priefer was either exaggerating or blatantly trolling Kluwe? Is a three game suspension, coupled with what will undoubtedly be a steep financial penalty, really not enough for the zealots?

    What happened to us?
    ———————–

    Would you dare be so bold to make this empty argument if Priefer “joked” about killing all the blacks in this world?

    Jokes stop being jokes, when they aren’t funny, and threatening to kill an entire minority class is not a joke, it’s a cause for concern and investigation, regardless of which minority class it happens to be.

  172. natelan says: Jul 21, 2014 6:02 AM

    You people are the sort that let slavery slide by because it was the status quo. You people thought it was OK to make black people sit in the back of the bus, or to force them to drink from separate drinking fountains. You people are the ones who turn the other way when gay teens are beaten to death merely for being gay, since their lifestyle doesn’t fit in your factionalized, myopic “reality”.

    This new wave of “liberalism”, “progressivism”, “socialism” and “political correctness” which you lament as taking over and ruining this country; is the new generation of tolerant-minded, atheist, intelligent children replacing your aging ranks of bigots on the frontline of morality.

    No matter how many “likes” your racist tangents earn on this website, I take solace in knowing that as each day passes, your humbles dwindle while our numbers grow and grow.

    Shame on you all.

  173. Ed Bandell says: Jul 21, 2014 6:36 AM

    “Did the NFL give the heave ho to Brendon Ayanbadejo for his backing of gay rights? He seems to be just as outspoken as kluwe…while the Ravens also publicly sided with Ayanbadejo.”

    Actually Matt Birk (the center of the Ravens at that time) was very much against what Ayanbadejo was saying. Birk is very religious. But they got together and spoke about it amongst themselves and the rest of the team dealt with it in the locker room. They all came to an agreement.

    I don’t care if anyone is gay. What I do care about is it being shoved in my face and being used as an excuse for an agenda. I am tolerant. I just won’t go advocating that position and I am not going to jump up and down and applaud somebody because they are gay.

    Kluwe wasn’t cut because he supports gay marriage. He was cut because he couldn’t get the job done anymore and apparently Oakland thought the same thing. There are plenty of other teams out there that think the same, otherwise he’d have a job right now.

  174. funkdiezel says: Jul 21, 2014 6:46 AM

    Please just go away…people really don’t care about what you have to say! Good luck with your band though!

  175. beachsidejames says: Jul 21, 2014 7:47 AM

    Kluwe seems to be such a joy to be around. Working to advance gay rights is a good thing. Making everyone around you upset 24/7 as you do this is the wrong way to go about it.

  176. voiceofreasonsays says: Jul 21, 2014 8:04 AM

    Kluweless, just like the Vikings dumpster fire.

  177. mlandsjr says: Jul 21, 2014 8:24 AM

    Kluwie has a point about the NFL tends to take it easy on guys like Rice who beat women.

    But at the same time saying a guy should be suspended longer for using a slur is dumb. 3 games was overkill on that. A fine and 1 game would have sufficed for “mean word use”.

    As far as your employment Kluwie…you’re a punter…when your salary us around 1 mil/yr most punters are out of work. It’s the nature of the league.

  178. clipper522 says: Jul 21, 2014 8:48 AM

    Since when did everybody get so sensitive about what people SAY. Did this coach physically abuse anyone? Did this coach physically harm anyone? Did this coach put anyone’s life in jeopardy?

    Did he say something he probably didn’t literally mean? Probably, but he still has a right to say it.

    Its about time Kluwe puts his lackluster NFL career behind him and focus on his goals as an activist. This isn’t winning him any points on his new career.

  179. itsfootballbaby says: Jul 21, 2014 9:02 AM

    Doesn’t he have a protest or a rally to go ?

  180. revelation123 says: Jul 21, 2014 9:58 AM

    Ray Rice does need a hefty suspension.

  181. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 21, 2014 10:55 AM

    “You people are the sort that let slavery slide by because it was the status quo. You people thought it was OK to make black people sit in the back of the bus, or to force them to drink from separate drinking fountains. You people are the ones who turn the other way when gay teens are beaten to death merely for being gay, since their lifestyle doesn’t fit in your factionalized, myopic “reality”.

    This new wave of “liberalism”, “progressivism”, “socialism” and “political correctness” which you lament as taking over and ruining this country; is the new generation of tolerant-minded, atheist, intelligent children replacing your aging ranks of bigots on the frontline of morality.

    No matter how many “likes” your racist tangents earn on this website, I take solace in knowing that as each day passes, your humbles dwindle while our numbers grow and grow.

    Shame on you all.”
    ———————–

    This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. The Hitler Youth applauds you from beyond the grave. I seriously hope you save this rant so you can look back when you grow up at how misguided you were as a college freshman.

  182. purpleguy says: Jul 21, 2014 11:25 AM

    Hey gofor2, Kluwe was subject to exposure to bigoted and disgusting comments from a coach, but he wasn’t subject to either discrimination or actionable hostile work environment by the Vikings, as: (1) he was replaced by a younger, cheaper, better player as done every day in the NFL — thus no causation; (2) not only did he never report the comments during employment, but he willingly participated in the behavior he claims was hostile — thus no basis for hostile work environment that wasn’t corrected; (3) by Kluwe’s own admission, neither the coach, the GM nor the team owner stopped his activism even though they disliked the distractions he created, and the owner even supported his beliefs.

    Priefer is a disgusting bigot and should be punished, NFL locker rooms are crude and probably should be changed, and players are not treated equally due to on-field skills — however, anyone with a lick of legal knowledge knows there is no reasonable legal basis for Kluwe’s employment discrimination claims.

  183. 1greatusername says: Jul 21, 2014 2:39 PM

    runtheball says: Jul 20, 2014 5:50 PM

    Chris Kluwe favors jokes about innocent children being raped over jokes about an adult’s sexual preference.

    Totally agree. For a guy who’s straight, Kluwe sure is a drama queen.

  184. 1greatusername says: Jul 21, 2014 2:45 PM

    This is starting to remind me of that Futurama episode where a bunch of whackos are protesting the new “Poplars” snack outside the building and the Professor goes out and yells “Who cares what you think? You’re vegetarians!”

    Who cares what Kluwe thinks? He’s a punter!

  185. drunkwino says: Jul 22, 2014 12:14 AM

    What? Can’t make your point without throwing under the bus players that have nothing to do with the issue? Maybe things like that are why you don’t have a job.

  186. banky74 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:38 PM

    Kluwe, what your statement proves is that if you can play and make a positive impact on the field, there’s a team in the NFL that will look the other way no matter what crime or act you’ve committed.

    Kluwe, do you honestly believe that a team wouldn’t have you on the roster if you were still an impact player?

    You’re not playing because you’re not good anymore. Not because of a cause you spoke up for. Idiot.

  187. rl7911 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:14 PM

    Kluwe is annoying, but he’s right about this.

    The Vikings are a 2nd rate organization that have handled this and just about every other situation poorly.

  188. sterling7 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:43 PM

    Kluwe might be right-I’d take ANYTHING over him!

  189. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 25, 2014 7:18 PM

    i favor just about anything over a punter or kicker, particularly a bad one

  190. ivanmook says: Jul 26, 2014 10:31 PM

    Kluwe has every right to stand up for civil rights, in this case, although his timing is extremely fishy if not obvious. In my opinion he’s a hypocrite, like many others on this thread have been saying.

    On that note, however, I knew this guy was a punk the morning after the Chicago Bears game, when he was talking about video games and his band on 93X they asked him about kicking to Devin Hester twice and paying a severe price. He acted like he did it to spite the coaching staff and basically joked it away. He got worse and worse as a PLAYER and a TEAMMATE. I would be pissed if my punter purposely kicked to the most prolific returner short of Deion in football history. I lost a lot of respect for him.

    He will be a good activist in the end though, he just needs to give football a rest. Like I say, others will be along shortly to carry the torch I’m sure.

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