The 5 most dispiriting revelations in Chris Kluwe's nuclear Deadspin piece

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Chris Kluwe just went nuclear on Deadspin, accusing members of the Vikings coaching staff by name of homophobia.

The lengthy piece, which was written contemporaneously and reads like a legal document, lays out in stunning detail the behind-the-scenes machinations within the Vikings organization during Kluwe's brave stand in favor of gay marriage.


SEE ALSO: Our GLAAD-award winning cover story on Kluwe

There is much to digest, but for now, here are the lowlights:

5. Leslie Frazier tried to hush Kluwe up
Once inside, Coach Frazier immediately told me that I "needed to be quiet, and stop speaking out on this stuff" (referring to my support for same-sex marriage rights).

4. Zygi Wilf comes across as the hero
On Sept. 9, before our game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the owner of the team, Zygi Wilf, came up to me, shook my hand, and told me: "Chris, I'm proud of what you've done. Please feel free to keep speaking out. I just came from my son's best friend's wedding to his partner in New York, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen."

3. Rick Spielman obsesses over @ChrisWarcraft's Twitter feed
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 the Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step down.
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2. Minnesota Special Teams coordinator Mike Priefer puts the Duck Dynasty guy to shame 
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."

1. Kluwe believes he lost his job because of his support for gay marriage
So there you have it. It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman, both of whom knew I was a good punter and would remain a good punter for the foreseeable future, as my numbers over my eight-year career had shown, but who lacked the fortitude to disagree with Mike Priefer on a touchy subject matter.

Stay tuned for the fallout. Suffice to say, not a great day to be a Vikings fan.

UPDATE: The backlash has started on Facebook, with this page leading the campaign against Priefer's head coaching hopes.
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