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Continued: Kluwe calls Vikings special teams coach 'bigot;' players jump to support Priefer

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 3, 2014 - 12:33 PM

“I realize there will be people that say, ‘This is just sour grapes. He’s upset that he got cut,’” he said.

Vikings respond

In their statement, the Vikings said they supported Kluwe’s activism and that he was released for performance reasons only.

“The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality,” the statement read. “Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.

“Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy. Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.”

In his article, Kluwe noted that owner Zygi Wilf approached him before a game and praised him for his public support of gay marriage.

“I’m wondering if possibly Frazier thought that maybe I had gone over his head to go talk to the owner,” Kluwe told the Star Tribune. “But that was completely out of the blue. I was just warming up before the game and Zygi came up and talked to me and said that. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome.’ ”







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