Remember Chris Kluwe? He’s the former NFL punter who believed that he lost his job with the Minnesota Vikings because he campaigned in favor of gay marriage. He wrote a long post on Deadspin where he chronicled his experiences with the Vikings and how they collectively tried to shut him up about the whole gay marriage thing.
He called his former head coach Leslie Frazier, a coward.
He called his former general manager Rick Spielman a coward.
He called his former special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer a bigot.
After the Deadspin article had been published, the Vikings announced that they would investigate. They hired a Miniapolous law firm to conduct an independent review of Kluwe’s allegations. Their findings were published yesterday in the 29-page report.
Among other things, the report details just how much of a sucky punter Kluwe supposedly was. I guess this shows that he was fired not because he was a passionate advocate for gay marriage, but because he “was neither a great directional kicker nor good at placing the ball inside the 20-yard line” (page 13).
One of the most disturbing, and frankly, surprising parts of the report was found starting on page 26:
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.
Kluwe responded on Twitter:
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
There’s nothing funny about what Jerry Sandusky did. There’s nothing funny about child rape. The fact that Kluwe could even go there makes me reevaluate everything I’ve ever thought about him. I admired him for his stance on gay rights. I thought he was genuinely a real person, not someone who was using the issue of gay marriage to bring attention to himself. The fact that he could use a child’s rape as the basis of giving his strength coach a “hard time” seems absurd to me.
It sure doesn’t jive with any of my previous opinions of Chris Kluwe.