Just recently the out of work punter and gay rights activist Chris Kluwe and his lawyer have threatened to sue the Vikings. They claim that one of the assistant coaches used gay slurs during Kluwe’s time there. Using gay slurs is inappropriate, even if none of it was targeting at any of the Vikings players which, was the case. It was supposedly the coaches terrible way to get through to some players. It was also directed towards Kluwe’s support for gay marriage. He was also asked by former head coach Leslie Frazier to keep quiet about his stance on same sex marriage believing that Football shouldn’t be mixed with politics and religion. There was an internal investigation and Kluwe wants the findings to be made public or he is suing.
Now, during Kluwe’s time with the Vikings he was very active in what he believes to be important. That is fantastic and should be applauded when one believes something is right and stands up for it, but it wasn’t until his release that he came out with these claims. It wasn’t until he was scrambling to get a job that he decided to bring these allegations forth. He said in a written letter “I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot.” He was making himself the victim. Maybe he was let go because he averaged 45 yards a punt that year, making him the 24th ranked punter in the NFL in 2012. There are only 32 punters in the NFL. Numbers don’t lie. And to show he wasn’t that good, the Oakland Raiders signed him and cut him after the pre-season and gave the job to Marquette King. One who turned out to be a great punter but who had never punted in a real NFL game up to that point. Now Kluwe can’t get a job for his lack of punting talent, and for being a complainer that is trying to point fingers as to why he has no job. So, is Kluwe now trying to blame one of the biggest issues in America right now so he can benefit himself? Maybe.
Standing up for what you believe in is important. It’s what makes us unique individuals. When you use it to exact revenge is when you are no longer doing it for the right reasons. He was quiet about the Vikings problems until he was released, and I suppose it was to keep his job. Now that he has no job he is going all out. Is this because he has more time on his hands now that he’s unemployed or is it because he’s really concerned about what had happened? Only Kluwe knows.
Trying to turn football into politics? There should be love and tolerance for everyone no matter what race, sexual orientation, or religion they are. Now I hope he shuts up about the NFL and the Vikings and tries to do something positive. Calling your former coaches names and suing the NFL isn’t what it is all about.