Former punter Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement that will keep them out of court over allegations that the Vikings fired Kluwe not because he was a sucky football player, but because he was a supporter of gay rights.
The agreement requires the Vikings to give an undisclosed amount of money to five gay-rights groups over the next five years. Kluwe will receive nothing.
I used to have a lot of respect for Chris Kluwe. Not only do I agree with him on the issues of marriage equality and everything related to the rights of gay people, I thought he was articulate and an enlightened dude. My respect for Kluwe ended when I read the independent review commissioned by the Vikings after Deadspin ran an article written by Kluwe, making allegations against the Vikings and their staff. From page 26 of the report:
Kluwe also made fun of the Vikings’ then Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Kanavy, an alumnus of‒and former coach at‒Penn State University, concerning the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State situation. In his interview, Kanavy explained that Kluwe cut the seat out of his pants and then put them on to imitate a victim of the Penn State child-abuse scandal. According to Kanavy, Kluwe said that he was a “Penn State victim” and to “stay away” from him while his buttocks were exposed.
Here is how Kluwe responded to the allegation that he impersonated a victim of child rape:
Sure I gave my strength coach a hard time. Once. I made a joke about the Sandusky case, because he was a big Penn State guy.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 19, 2014
The issue of child rape is a lot of things. One thing it’s not is funny.
When I read that, Kluwe seemed a lot less like an enlightened jock who wasn’t afraid to stand up for the rights of others, and more like a self-serving narcissist how took the issue of gay rights and used it to make a name for himself.