The debate expands in the sporting arena
I am ashamed for all of Minnesota. Just as the NBA’s Jason Collins stepped forward to become the first openly gay player in the history of professional sports, it is shamefully ironic that the Minnesota Vikings are poised to fire Chris Kluwe, conceivably as punishment for his opposition to last fall’s anti-gay-marriage amendment.
No amount of denial will hide the obvious: Kluwe is statistically the best punter in Vikings history, only now reaching the prime of his career. Vikings officials look ridiculous comparing last year’s decision to release kicker Ryan Longwell (age 37) to a potential release of Kluwe (age 31).
The Vikings — to their credit — have a long history of giving multiple chances to players who have committed an assortment of crimes. Kluwe’s decision to simply speak out on human rights, however, may cost him his job. His position was shared by a clear majority of Minnesota voters last fall. Businesses such as Hell’s Kitchen, threatened at times by a very small minority of bigots, finally broke free and stated their support of GLBT rights, to the delight of throngs of customers.
No other Minnesota business can use an employee’s position on human rights as a reason for termination. Why should a business receiving the largest taxpayer subsidy in Minnesota sports history be allowed to act differently?
Mitch Omer and Cynthia Gerdes, Minneapolis
The writers are the cofounders of the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Minneapolis.
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Why are you continuing to print incredibly boring and stupid stories about human sexuality?
The coverage of the November ballot was over the top and all for nothing because majority vote is not a civilized way to decide minority rights. So, we had a mountain of coverage about personal opinions on a subject on which personal opinion has no bearing.
Now we get more “coming out” crap about professional athletes. As if anybody should care about someone else’s sexuality (“NBA’s Collins first active player to come out as gay,” April 30). As if it matters! It’s not news. Jerks.
Shame on you.
P.S. The comparison of a “gay” athlete with Jackie Robinson is deplorable. Any obvious, outward characteristic such as skin color and a person’s inward sexuality have absolutely nothing in common. Jackie could never blend in.
Mark Jacobson, Minneapolis
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