Vikings punter Chris Kluwe explained football and his support for gay marriage Tuesday night on the Colbert report.
"If you're into a frank discussion of kicking things," host Stephen Colbert told his audience, "don't touch that dial."
When Colbert mentioned the Vikings' wild-card loss to Green Bay, complete with lutefisk reference, Kluwe explained: "In my defense, I played well. Unfortunately, when I play well, that's usually a sign that the team isn't playing well."
That's all we're telling you, aside from how impressed Upload was with the stocking cap and shower thongs ensemble that Kluwe chose for the show. Watch the rest here:
Sunday's Los Angeles Times features a story about gay athletes and how they still feel unwelcome in most pro sports locker rooms.
Kevin Baxter of the Times wrote: "Consider the numbers. About 4,000 players spent time on active rosters in the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball in 2012. With the best estimates of the gay/bisexual population in U.S. ranging from 2% to 10%, it's likely many of those 4,000 athletes are gay or bisexual. Yet not one has come out of the closet. Not this year, not last year, not ever."
Former Twins and Los Angeles outfielder Torii Hunter said he believed an athlete who came out could divide a team.
Hunter, who recently signed with Detroit, said: "For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning, biblically, it's not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable."
On Twitter this morning, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded:
Saw the Torii Hunter comments. It's sad when people take something founded on tolerance and turn it into bigotry. Says a lot about them.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) December 31, 2012
and followed with
Torii would also do well to remember that religion was used to deny black people their rights not too long ago. Have a little empathy.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) December 31, 2012
Hunter took exception with how his comments are being characterized, saying in a extended tweet:
"I'm very disappointed in Kevin Baxter's article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being.
"I have love and respect for all human beings regardless of race, color or sexual orientation. I am not perfect and try hard to live the best life I can and treat all people with respect. If you know me you know that I am not anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is hurtful and just not true."
Kluwe was among the highest-profile public figures campaigning in Minnesota's successful Vote No campaign in November, and a few weeks back was sharply criticized by Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer for the "distractions" caused by Kluwe.
The subject came up after Kluwe was fined for taping the words "Vote Ray Guy" to his uniform in support of the former punter's Hall of Fame chances. But it was clear that Priefer wasn't solely talking about the Guy issue.
Kluwe was unfazed by the criticism, saying at the time: "If the team ever wants to replace me, they will; I'm under no delusions as to how this business operates. We all get cut eventually."
You can read the entire Los Angeles Times story here.
You didn't expect the marriage amendment results to pass without hearing a victory speech from Chris Kluwe, right?
Kluwe wrote his thoughts to slate.com. "Together, we made a statement that America is tired of division," he said. "America is tired of discrimination, of exclusion, and of unthinking oppression — the belief that people have to live their lives according to someone else's views rather than their own free will."
Here's the rest of his post.
Earlier Tuesday, Kluwe did some college-hopping as part of the Vote No get out the vote effort.
And Upload would be curious to know more about this:
Now, back to punting.
We know that Vikings punter Chris Kluwe doesn't mind tell you what he thinks, which is much appreciated about 110 percent of the time.
The latest from Kluwe is a memo to Deadspin.com as part of its roundtable, along with Slate.com, on the NFL.
Kluwe was asked his thoughts about the officials who are working because the NFL has locked out the regular refs. He acknowledged that he's a perfect person to offer up thoughts, writing that: "One of the perks of my job is that I get a lot of opportunities to watch the refs in action, since punting doesn't exactly take up a lot of time during the game."
Among others things, Kluwe recounted: "We walked out for a punt, and my long snapper didn't feel like going over to the other hash. What did he do? He told the ref, "No, you have the ball in the wrong place. Move it over here." And what did the ref do? HE MOVED THE BALL. No! Bad ref! Have some confidence in your abilities—you tell us what to do, not the other way around. (I absolutely murdered the subsequent punt by the way, so that was cool."
To read the rest, you have to go here.
Vikings punter/musician/gamer Chris Kluwe told Outsports.com that he doesn't know if any of his friends are gay.
Kluwe told Jim Buzinski: "Honestly, I’ve never really asked anyone. I’m more interested in if you’re going to play video games with me! Honestly, I don’t care. People don’t ask me what goes on in my bedroom and I try and give them the same privilege."
But Kluwe said that one of the reasons he's gotten in the issue on the November ballot, recording three radio spots for Minnesotans for Equality, is because "one of my wife’s brothers is gay and I know him and his partner [who live in California] would love to get married but they can’t."
Here's the first of the three spots:
But even without having a family connection, Kluwe said he would still be involved in opposing the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot in Minnesota.
To read why, and to read the entire q-and-a with Buzinski, go here.
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