Vikings push back against Chris Kluwe with defensive statement
The Vikings released a statement late this afternoon pushing back against Chris Kluwe's charges that the organization fired him for his support of gay marriage.
Statement from the Minnesota Vikings regarding former punter Chris Kluwe: http://t.co/1uGUmN1fDg
-- Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 2, 2014
The Minnesota Vikings were made aware of Chris Kluwe's allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.
As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel. We do not tolerate discrimination at any level. 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. 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.We will have further comment at the appropriate time.
The NFL clearly does not want to be dragged into this scandal.
NFL says it has no comment on Kluwe's allegations; referred back to #Vikings' statement on the situation.
-- Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) January 2, 2014
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