Chris Kluwe settlement: Vikings pledge to be LGBT activists

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In light of today's settlement announcement, this seems like an appropriate alternative logo for the Vikes.
Sure, they might still employ a coach who joked about nuking gays, but as part of their settlement with disgruntled former punter Chris Kluwe, Vikings officials pledge to be pro-LGBT activists.

"As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality," Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf says in a team statement released today about the settlement. "We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues."

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Chris Kluwe held a news conference in Minneapolis this morning about the settlement. Here are some highlights, as tweeted by local reporters: In his characteristically colorful way, Kluwe shared some of his own thoughts about the settlement on Twitter: In the team's statement, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says, "We appreciate Chris Kluwe's contributions to the Minnesota Vikings as a player and a member of this organization during his eight seasons in which he established many team records as our punter, and we wish him and his family the best in the future."

"In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff," Zygi adds.

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Lynn Quijada
Lynn Quijada

Wow I had no idea Minnesotans were so intolerant, ignorant, and full of hate for gay folks, and name calling like a poorly raised 6 year old. Viqueens?! Really?! Your friends are the embarrassment my dear.

Kirk LaSota
Kirk LaSota

The rainbow is God's covenant. Praise the Lord!

Shayla Nicole
Shayla Nicole

I'm mostly pleased with the results. It sucks that we still live in a world where we need to have mandatory sensitivity training, but I'd rather have that than to allow a figure of authority to make the statements he basically admitted to making without being strongly reprimanded. And it shuts down all of the folks who said kluwe was in it for the money. I firmly stand with Chris Kluwe. I think he waited an appropriate amount of time after being released to bring this to light. And I applaud the Vikings organization for acknowledging that discrimination is wrong, and all people are to be treated with respect and equality. Especially if you're in a state like Minnesota which is pretty up to speed on what's right. That said, I still loathe the Vikings.

Andrea Bolks
Andrea Bolks

Jesus Stephen Noel. You sounds like quite a jerk. That's the problem... we often don't fit in... much like many other minorities for one reason or another. People need to except differences as what they are.

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Only complete d bags would have a problem with tolerance and inclusion. I am glad my team will be leading the way, go Vikes!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Of course the Vikings should be LGBTQ friendly - the top QB in our division is gay. Wish he'd hurry up and come out but there are so many psychotic cheese-heads that I can see why he's hesitant.  P.S. Go Bears!

Stephen Noel
Stephen Noel

forced respect will never be successful LGBT. You have to earn it by quit being whinny, adapt to the culture around you instead of fighting to be so different from everyone else. I'm different than you, that doesn't make me entitled to create so much drama. You have rights, equal rights just like me -perhaps more and I'm a minority. Practice on fitting in now instead of excluding and alienating straight folks.

Jacob R Eit
Jacob R Eit

I'm offended by this post and Logo! Take it down!

JeffMpls
JeffMpls

Hopefully the attention whore will just go the fuck away now and go back to playing video games and his shitty band.


Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Viqueens fans.....\U0001f62d\U0001f62d that's all my die hard Packers friends call me\U0001f62d\U0001f62d\U0001f62d\U0001f62d.

Mike Green
Mike Green

I'll help pack your bags. I'm sure lovely Mississippi fits you much better.

Blewz Kloose
Blewz Kloose

NOOOOOO!!! Why the fuck would you put a gay flag behind our team logo?!?!? We're already known for blowing games. Now we blow leads and we're gay?? WTF?! I'm moving...

Mike Green
Mike Green

It took a lawsuit to get the Vikings to agree to this? Another reason I hate the vikings. Wish the would have moved!

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Unless it's child rape, then the pos jokes about that.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MNjoe It is sad.  Vikings and Bears fans would be much more accepting but those dumb hick Packer fans would destroy Aaron Rodgers if he told the truth about himself.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

We only alienate assholes like yourself - everyone else seems to be fine with it. (Do you have some issues you'd like to discuss?)

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

We're happy that you're offended - keep it up - make it bigger!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@JeffMpls It really makes you mad Kluwe was right.   It really bothers you people like gay people and treat them like human beings, doesn't it? 

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

1) If you actually looked at the credit for the photo, you would see it wasn't the Vikings who put it there. 

2) See ya!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

You're lying - as usual. 

JeffMpls
JeffMpls

@MicheleBachmann He may have been right, but he is still an attention whore and an annoying one at that.

JeffMpls
JeffMpls

@MNjoe And you must be sad that you have a micro-penis and are sexually frustrated because the only one willing to have sex with you is your right hand.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@JeffMpls @MNjoe Why do the homophobic trolls feel the need to make remarks about another man's penis? Have you seen my penis, Jeff? Did you enjoy having it in your mouth and up your ass? It's not that small really, but I supose that my 7" compared to the big black cocks you usually get in your ass, it might seem that way to you.  But thanks for commenting. 

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