Chris Kluwe: 'I was fired by two cowards and a bigot'

MICHAEL RAND | Updated 1/2/2014

Former Vikings punter - who's "pretty confident" he was released because of gays-rights activism - unloads in new Deadspin post.

Chris Kluwe campaigned against the marriage amendment which would have banned same-sex marriage.
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If it was a normal, quiet offseason ... well, it just wouldn't be the Vikings now would it?

They've already fired their coach. They released a statement earlier today saying, "We are aware of the matter involving Erin Henderson," presumably in conjunction with this report.

And now former punter Chris Kluwe has gone scorched earth on Leslie Frazier, special teams coach Mike Priefer and GM Rick Spielman in a Deadspin post.

The majority of it centers around how Kluwe was treated as he began to express his political views in 2012 -- most specifically, his work with Minnesotans for Marriage Equality.

You will likely be interested in reading the whole thing. Much of it is a he said/he said recounting of his final season (2012) up to the time he was released. But here are the money sentences at the end:

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. (Frazier was fired on Monday, at the conclusion of a 5-10-1 season.) One of the main coaching points I've heard throughout my entire life is, "How you respond to difficult situations defines your character," and I think it's a good saying. I also think it applies to more than just the players.

If there's one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story, it's to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level. ... It's inexcusable that someone would use his status as a teacher and a role model to proselytize on behalf of his own doctrine of intolerance, and I hope he never gets another opportunity to pass his example along to anyone else. I also hope that Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman take a good look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are the people they truly profess themselves to be.


So yes, another fun January in Vikings-land.