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Equality Hero? 15 Minutes of Fame? Public Debates Kluwe’s Claims

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he thinks he was fired because of his support for gay marriage.

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is back in the news after penning an article for Deadspin that called special teams coach Mike Priefer a “bigot” and then-coach Leslie Frazier and General Manager Rick Spielman “cowards.

The article recounts pushback that Kluwe said he got after he started speaking out in favor of gay marriage. He was cut from the team in May.

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

The Vikings have retained former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Chris Madel to investigate Kluwe’s allegations. But several of Kluwe’s former teammates are defending the Vikings leadership.

In the meantime, the debate is playing out on social media. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Al Anderson January 05, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Patch (and all forms of local media): Here's a different question for you to answer - what makes what Kluwe has to say about anything newsworthy? Why does he get to have so many loudspeakers for his opinion?
Lyle G. LePage January 05, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Gee whiz, folks! The team doesn't care what kluwe's views are. But he looked so darned stupid punting that ball in a pink tootoo. The darned thing didn't even match the teams purple helmets.
Phil Collins January 06, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Vikings are a mess right now, maybe a new coach and management might help !

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