Comment of the Day: Why Kluwe matters


These days, every time we post about former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, we're inundated with comments asking us, "Why do you waste ink on this guy?" and, "Aren't his 15 minutes over?"

Fact is, Kluwe's core allegation -- that Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows" during a team meeting in 2012 -- is very significant. Especially when you consider the extent to which bigotry of all forms is becoming less tolerated in professional sports and mainstream society in general.

The point was made nicely yesterday by commenter Andy Larson in response to our latest coverage of Kluwe's threatened lawsuit against the Vikings:

Given that he scheduled his big news conference to coincide with the national media circus in town yesterday for the MLB All-Star Game, it's also fair to say Kluwe is a great self-promoter. But that doesn't diminish the significance of the legal battle he now plans to fight against his former employer.

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