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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68 comments
kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

How long are you losers at CP going to keep Kluwe on the front page?  No one cares that he's gay or for his cause!  Move on losers

ANONYMOUS
ANONYMOUS

Every media outlet that airs his "thoughts" and "feelings" is giving this loser continued attention. He got booted from multiple football teams and is back to being a nobody. He needs to get on with his life and put some energy into a more worthwhile activity. 

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

I'm calling b.s. on Kluwe's claims and it's not because he has supported the gay community  I'm calling b.s. because he can't handle the fact that he was dropped by the Vikings and no other team signed him.  He is a very bitter man right now; many people are after they have been fired from their job.  However, he should probably tone it down a bit because the Vikings organization as well as those named could go after him for defamation.  

Montana Pecore
Montana Pecore

Interesting how the NFL, which I just found out doesn't pay taxes, because it is a "non-profit" will tolerate murders, glorify rapists and stick with shitty drug addicts, but kick a decent player out. He is cool, he is a weird fit for pro-sports, but he really made a difference

Troy Faris
Troy Faris

give me a break he got cut and he needs people to hold his hand and rub his tummy

Reece Ringstad
Reece Ringstad

J. Locke; 24 yrs old, 44.2 yards/punt, $405k salary. C. Kluwe; 32 years/old, 44.4 yards/punt, $1.45M salary. Sounds like a great business decision.

Ryder Thompson
Ryder Thompson

Kluwe is a baby... And he has a wide-set vagina..

Scott Conrad
Scott Conrad

Get over yourself and play football maybe you would be a better punter if you spent 1/2 as much time practicing instead of grand standing

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Somebody was suffering from attention deficit, so he wrote a scathing rant against his former employer, and once again people are talking about him. What a fame whore. #TweetsAreYours

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

Kory Lidstrom, it's a horrible affliction! It must be somebody else's fault I lack such skills. Whoever shall take care of me? I'm sure there's a government solution. ;)

Kory Lidstrom
Kory Lidstrom

You suffer from what's known as "a lack of reading-comprehension skills".

Ben Molde
Ben Molde

He was fired becuase he is not the punter he once was. oakland wouldnt even take him after his work out. He is washed up.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

uh...well...you do enough to take time out of your schedule in order to comment on and/or read the article. I guess my time is more valuable than yours though, since I don't run around all willy-nilly wasting it commenting on things that I couldn't care less about...

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

Thank you Trevor Ludwig you must have missed the idea that I was making as in who cares what he thinks

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

Kluwe...says so in the title. He was a punter, and he was good enough at it to make millions of dollars doing it.

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

I don't get why Wilf coming across as a "hero" is a lowlight. I guess it's bad if it doesn't fit into your whole Wilf is a cartoon villain narrative, but in reality he's just a person with his own outlook like anyone else. That should be seen as a small highlight in all of this.

Mary Karius
Mary Karius

something here just doesn't add up....

Aaron Amundson Rothe
Aaron Amundson Rothe

Chris Kluwe is a good dude, but this is not the way to move GLBT rights forward. Calling someone a bigot, even if they are, doesn't do anything to change anyone's mind or move the discussion forward.

Michael Schoenherr
Michael Schoenherr

Point taken sir. I just wish he would have had better judgment in picking and overruling his coordinators. In my opinion Williams and Musgrave cost him his job

Casey Paulson
Casey Paulson

Did you all even read the article? He clearly says that his not playing now is probably due to a combo of his age, the minimum cost to sign a veteran, and the way he speaks out. He is not blaming it all on the Vikings. I feel like people are missing the point, which is that priefer is a douche.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

Kluwe suffers from the typical "it's everyone else's fault" syndrome.

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

I agree with all but your final sentence. I don't' understand how Frazier is a wimp. The article clearly illustrates a man who was straightforward and upfront with Kluwe, which is exactly what a wimp would never do. Frazier did the same thing to Greg Jennings at the beginning of this season, when Jennings was going after Rodgers. Frazier just doesn't want anyone in the locker room drawing individual attention, I don't understand dhow that makes him a wimp.

Eric Silva Brenneman
Eric Silva Brenneman

Love the Kluwe, hate the Vikes. I shit on your stadium, unless there's a real football (the one where you use the foot to ball) team.

Jake Quam
Jake Quam

Kris Kluwe is not a martyr. He's a punter who's best year(2012) still put him at the bottom of the list of punters in the NFL. The Vikings drafted a young punter who is more talented, and way cheaper. Kluwe's false sense of entitlement is annoying. Nobody owes the guy anything. You want to play football? Get better. Then it doesn't matter what you stand for.

Joe Ede
Joe Ede

The WORLD needs more people like Chris Kluwe!

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

If he was such a talented punter why did the Raiders cut him almost immediately and why did he not get another punting job in NFL? Ah cause his talent was on the decline and he allowed his personal beliefs to distract him from his primary income source punting the football.

spincut13
spincut13

Yeah, where was this diatribe earlier? It appeared as if he had plenty of time in the spotlight before when he actually didn't ultimately say a whole lot beyond his initial comments. Seems oddly timed that this breaking extrapolation only comes out after he lost his followup job. It might be time to admit that Kluwe just isn't as good of a football player as he is at editorializing stuff and social marketing.


With that being said, I don't think anyone should be surprised at this rate that the Vikings organization is (still) filled with bigotry and insanity. I guess it's neat that someone is further exposing that stuff, at the same time I just don't feel like Kluwe is doing it out of the kindness of his heart, because the timing seems a little odd/late for his tell all. Still, however suspect his motivations may be, perhaps some solid change will come of it (sorry to Kluwe though, I'm still sure we could find a better punter to go with our new special teams coach :P ) .

Onan
Onan

Or he could, you know, be statistically the best punter in Vikings history.

Bonus - He was told to not outkick his coverage team.

Onan
Onan

Considering his net yards per punt in 2012 was the highest in his career, I think him being "washed up" as a punter is a stretch.

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

Yeah, but that's how Kluwe operates. He's on the right side of the issue, but he's way more self-involved than he is made out to be. He isn't some brave hero, he's making a name for himself as his football career is coming to a close, and he's doing so only after it is generally safe to hold his viewpoint. Even ten years ago his outspokenness would have been truly important, but for him to do it in this age is really nothing special. He's just one of the first in the NFL to do it.

frozyo3
frozyo3

The guy stands for what he believes and is outspoken about it. That takes a lot of courage, especially when you're in the NFL. The purpose of his article, in my opinion, is not for him to scapegoat and cry "woe is me," but to bring to attention many of the issues the sacredly manly sport of football and society in general still face today.


Kluwe is a class act and uses his public image not for personal gain but for highlighting the topics and calling for support of equality and human rights. He was aware of the potential backlash he would get from the league, teammates, coaches, fans, and opponents, but he was willing to risk his career, relationships, and reputation for his beliefs.


It takes a lot of strength and dedication to stand up and speak out for what you believe in, especially when it means potentially putting your entire career in the traditional and often judgmental world of professional football, as well as your public perception, on the line.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

1. Learn to spell. It's Chris Kluwe, not Kris. He's not a member of Kris Kross.

2. Did you even read the Deadspin article? Kluwe, for years, was told to punt the ball high and short, so the coverage team could get down the field and either make the tackle or force a fair catch. Real life football isn't played like your Madden video game. You can't always just kick the ball as far as possible.

flinkmaster
flinkmaster

Better distracted by his beliefs in equality then murdering people or being a rapist. The only difference is he probably would have gotten away with the latter two unscatched.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

Veterans minimum. NFL teams can pay a rookie punter less than they could pay Kluwe.

DT123
DT123

ah have you seen the chicago bears punter? Also, why does he have to stay silent about his beliefs meanwhile leslie is running around writing op eds in Christian Mags? 



_Joe_
_Joe_

@spincut13

Perhaps you should read the whole thing.  Pay special attention to the section where he answers your first question with very valid reasoning.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@_Joe_typical non-sensical stuff from you. happy new year. enjoy another year of trolling.

flinkmaster
flinkmaster

@alsdkfj 10 years ago he might not have even felt this strongly about it, or been too afraid to speak out. Clearly he's just hit a point in the past couple years that he just stopped giving a rats ass about people who were against being outspoken.

CommonSense
CommonSense

@ajlalk3 2) Great, he was told to kick it high and short.  Even more reason to get a new, cheaper guy for the most useless position in football.  Look at the stats, they got a guy that is kicking nearly identical numbers to Kluwe and they saved nearly $1 million in cap space.  Seems like a no-brainer....

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

@ajlalk3 Yeah, so basically his best years are behind him. A rose by any other name. Or in this case, a wilted rose.

catpurinn
catpurinn

@_Joe_Kudos to you Joe. I was thinking she is an attention whore myself.  Pot ,kettle, black, nails it.I also saw the other posts that were an exact repeat.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@TweetsAreYours@_Joe_

I don't know what's nonsensical (no hyphen, by the way) about pointing out the hypocrisy of you calling Kluwe a "fame whore" in a comment that you duplicated in two different threads to make sure everybody read it. 

Calling you a hypocrite isn't trolling, dear.

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