During the 2012 election cycle, then Vikings punter Chris Kluwe campaigned against the so-called Marriage Amendment to the point that his employers, aka the Vikings talked with him about his activism getting in the way of him doing his job. When that didn't didn't work, the Vikings brought in some punters to try out for Kluwe's job.
Thursday, Chris Kluwe created a controversy that blew up in his face by writing this post. Here's the title of Kluwe's post:
I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot
It went downhill from there:
Near the end of November, several teammates and I were walking into a specialist meeting with Coach Priefer. We were laughing over one of the recent articles I had written supporting same-sex marriage rights, and one of my teammates made a joking remark about me leading the Pride parade. As we sat down in our chairs, Mike Priefer, in one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows." The room grew intensely quiet, and none of the players said a word for the rest of the meeting. The atmosphere was decidedly tense.
It's possible that Priefer made this statement but it's worth questioning the voracity of the statement. If Coach Priefer made that statement, he should've spoken out about it a minute after the meeting. Here's something else that Kluwe wrote:
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.
It isn't exactly extraordinary for evangelical Christians to believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible. But that isn't all that Kluwe said about Coach Priefer:
If there's one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story, it's to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level. (According to the Pioneer Press, he is "the only in-house candidate with a chance" at the head-coaching job.) It's inexcusable that someone would use his status as a teacher and a role model to proselytize on behalf of his own doctrine of intolerance, and I hope he never gets another opportunity to pass his example along to anyone else.
For Chris Kluwe to say that someone that disagrees with him is a bigot is disturbing. Who made Mr. Kluwe the arbiter of what's worthy of banning a person from making a living? Furthermore, saying that Priefer is intolerant because Priefer believes in the Bible, while not unprecedented, sounds like censorship. Put a little differently, the people preaching tolerance aren't tolerant of people who they don't agree with.
Mr. Kluwe said that he was always a team player, that he was just campaigning for human rights. In this article, he held himself up as a man of virtue and principle. In the end, though, Kluwe showed that he's as intolerant and vindictive of Priefer as he accused Priefer of being towards gays.
Finally, Mr. Kluwe didn't mention that he hasn't punted in the NFL, which some say stands for the No-Fun-League, in over a year even though his knee surgery healed almost 9 months ago. Isn't it interesting that nobody hired him as their punter? Perhaps they thought, like the Vikings probably thought, that he just isn't worth the distractions he'd bring. Print
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