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Chris Kluwe

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Chris Kluwe settlement: Vikings pledge to be LGBT activists

    Sure, they might still employ a coach who joked about nuking gays, but as part of their settlement with disgruntled former punter Chris Kluwe, Vikings officials pledge to be pro-LGBT activists."As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality," Vikings Owner/Presid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Vikings, Chris Kluwe beef goes nuclear after investigators side with team

    On Friday, the Vikings released a summary of the six-month internal investigation Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. conducted into former team punter Chris Kluwe's claim that his outspoken advocacy for marriage equality prompted his release from the team following the 2012 season.The invest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    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 g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Kluwe says Vikings reneged on vow to release report about alleged organizational homophobia [UPDATES]

    -- Updates at bottom -- Early this year, Chris Kluwe went nuclear on his former employer in a first-person account of his last season with the team published on Deadspin. In one particularly memorable passage, Kluwe alleges that during a fall 2012 meeting, Vikings special teams coach Mike Pri ... More >>

  • News

    May 7, 2014

    America's last closet: Professional sports

    Gay athletes are finally coming out, but Chris Kluwe's fight isn't over

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Kluwe to meet with investigators next week, says lawyer: "My client has one motivation"

    The investigation into Chris Kluwe's allegations against the Vikings is on."Our goal is that at the end of the day, for sports teams to adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of discrimination against any member of the LGBT community," said Kluwe's lawyer, Clayton Halunen, in a phone intervie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Kluwe backtracks, says he's okay with Priefer coaching if he disavows anti-gay views

    In his explosive Deadspin account of the end of his Vikings tenure, Chris Kluwe said he went public with his story mainly because he wanted to make sure allegedly homophobic special teams coach Mike Priefer "never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level."TH ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Chris Kluwe calls for Priefer's firing, mulls hostile workplace claim [INTERVIEW]

    In fall 2012, leading up to Minnesota's vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, I spent about a month tailing Chris Kluwe for a City Pages cover story - the Vikings punter who became an unlikely celebrity for the Vote No campaign. Over our many interviews, Kluwe spoke in depth about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Is Kluwe telling the truth about Coach Mike Priefer's alleged "nuke the gays" comment?

    In his Deadspin expose about losing his job with the Vikings, Chris Kluwe alleges that special teams Coach Mike Priefer made the following statement during a team meeting: "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."RELATED: Homophobic Vikings coach Mik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The 5 most dispiriting revelations in Chris Kluwe's nuclear Deadspin piece

    Chris Kluwe just went nuclear on Deadspin, accusing members of the Vikings coaching staff by name of homophobia.The lengthy piece, which was written contemporaneously and reads like a legal document, lays out in stunning detail the behind-the-scenes machinations within the Vikings organization durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Mike Priefer: "I vehemently deny the allegations made by Chris Kluwe"

    Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer has just issued a statement vehemently denying the allegations of homophobia made by Chris Kluwe is his Deadspin post."I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals," Priefer writes."I personally hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Chris Kluwe tweeted the smartest thing during last night's Vikings game

    Even more than we miss his leg, we miss Chris Kluwe's wit.Luckily for us, the departed Vikings kicker--who led the charge to legalize gay marriage--is still actively tweeting during Vikings games, and last night he said the smartest thing about the two hot button issues of the NFL.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Chris Kluwe blasts NFL for tolerating Redskins nickname

    Chris Kluwe is still looking for an NFL job, but after his rant last night, we doubt he'll find work with the Washington Redskins.SEE ALSO: "Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES] Kluwe sounded off on the Redskins nickname controversy, which has gained ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Deadspin raises the blacklisting question about Chris Kluwe

    Earlier this month, Chris Kluwe lost a tough competition to be the Raiders' punter. For the first time since breaking into the NFL with the Vikings in 2005, he found himself out of an NFL job.SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton criticizes Vikings for releasing Chris Kluwe [UPDATE] But it wasn't supposed to be tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Chris Kluwe cut by Raiders and out of NFL, for now

    Chris Kluwe might have to make the transition to full-time author (or whatever is next for him) a few years earlier than he hoped.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe calls Mankato the STD capital of MinnesotaOver the weekend, Kluwe, 31, was cut by the Raiders, who became the second team this offseason (following ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Chris Kluwe calls Mankato the STD capital of Minnesota

    Chris Kluwe wanted to be in Mankato for Vikings training camp this summer, but that was no longer in the cards after the Vikes decided to go with a younger, cheaper punter.SEE ALSO: Female Strib reporter goes to woman-starved northwestern NoDak, hilarity ensues But getting released hasn't stopped th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Chris Kluwe offers fond farewell to Minnesota

    After more than eight years in Minnesota, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is leaving for good. For anyone who has followed him on Twitter, Kluwe has for years been one of the most interesting personalities on the team. He's now known best for his aggressive stance in favor of gay rights, but the 31-year ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013
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    May 24, 2013

    Adrian Peterson on gay marriage: "I'm not with that"

    It appears Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn't share the same passion for same-sex marriage rights as his recently departed teammate Chris Kluwe. In a recent interview with the Star Tribune, Peterson wasn't ambiguous when asked for his thoughts on Kluwe's role in defending gay marriage in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Chris Kluwe signs with Oakland Raiders

    Chris Kluwe's NFL career didn't end when he was released by the Minnesota Vikings.SEE ALSO: New Vikings punter Jeff Locke gave Chris Kluwe props for helping defeat marriage amendment Kluwe, 31, has inked a one-year deal to become the Oakland Raiders' punter. He'll be taking a pay cut -- his contract ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Chris Kluwe counters Onion jab with satirical Twitter rant

    The Onion didn't waste any time this week in ribbing Chris Kluwe. Only a day after the Vikings announced they were dropping their punter, the sports sections of the comedic newspaper published an article satirizing Kluwe's writings as an advocate for equality in sports. In the article, Onion-world ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    New Vikings punter Jeff Locke gave Chris Kluwe props for helping defeat marriage amendment

    The more things change... the more they stay the same?SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe betrayed: Punter quits writing for PiPress following paper's Vote Yes editorial No doubt, Chris Kluwe is irreplaceable, but it appears new Vikings punter Jeff Locke has a lot in common with the man whose job he took.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Chris Kluwe: "I wouldn't have changed anything"

    On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings officially confirmed they were releasing Chris Kluwe, the team's veteran punter and one of the NFL's most outspoken advocates for gay rights. The announcement came as no surprise to most; the writing has been on the wall since the Vikings picked up recent UCLA grad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Chris Kluwe says, "So long, Minnesota"

    :::: UPDATE :::: Vikings throw Chris Kluwe under the bus in statement confirming his releaseIt appears Chris Kluwe's memorable 8-year run with the Minnesota Vikings is at an end.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe could be released during Monday meeting with GM Rick SpielmanKluwe took to Twitter this morning to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Vikings throw Chris Kluwe under the bus while confirming his release

    This afternoon, Vikings.com published a rather curious piece confirming the release of beloved punter Chris Kluwe.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe says, "So long, Minnesota"As you'd expect, it contains the usual "we wish Chris and his family the best and thank him for his contributions to the Vikings organizat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Chris Kluwe could be released during Monday meeting with GM Rick Spielman

    While Chris Kluwe spends the weekend in New York City at a friend's wedding, Jeff Locke, the Vikings' 5th Round pick during last weekend's NFL draft, will be trying to take his job.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe on out gay athlete: "Big kudos to Jason Collins"That's because the Vikings are holding a rookie m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Vikings draft a punter, meaning the Chris Kluwe era is probably over

    On Saturday, the Vikings became the first team to select a punter during the 2013 draft, taking UCLA's Jeff Locke during the fifth round.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe is Salon's Sexiest Man of 2012 Unfortunately, the Purple's use of a draft pick for arguably the best punter available probably signals the en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Chris Kluwe on out gay athlete: "Big kudos to Jason Collins"

    Jason Collins made history today by announcing he is gay in a Sports Illustrated essay, making him the first-ever active professional athlete to come out in any of the major four male sports. "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center," the article begins. "I'm black. And I'm gay." SEE ALSO: Game Changer: Chr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Kluwe on lawmaker who politicized Boston manhunt: He should be removed from office

    Though he made a name for himself with his gay rights advocacy, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe isn't a one-issue pony.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe named Twin Cities PRIDE Grand Marshal Today, he blasted an Arkansas lawmaker who used the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects to make an anti-gun contr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Chris Kluwe named Twin Cities PRIDE Grand Marshal

    Over the past eight months, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has emerged as one of the loudest advocates for gay rights in America, so it's perhaps fitting that he will be at the head of the Twin Cities PRIDE parade this summer. Citing Kluwe's sharp tongue and aggressive position as a straight ally, PRI ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Minnesota United FC signs anti-homophobia pledge

    Minnesota's second-division soccer team is now the latest organization to join the push for equality in sports. The majority of Minnesota United FC -- including 12 players, head coach Manny Lagos, and assistant coach Carl Craig -- recently signed on as ambassadors for Athlete Ally, a nonprofit th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Watch Chris Kluwe spend a day in a wheelchair

    Last October, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe spent an entire day in a wheelchair for a documentary on spinal cord injury. The movie premiered at Brave New Workshop in January, just after lawmakers introduced a bill that would fund curative spinal cord injury research in Minnesota. As it now looks like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo to receive award for promoting equality in sports

    Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendaon Ayanbadejo will be honored for their efforts promoting equality in major league sports this week by GLBT ally nonprofit PFLAG National. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will present both players with the Straight for Equality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Chris Kluwe to closeted NFL player: You have allies within the league

    Vikings punter Chris Kluwe appeared on CNN this week to talk with Anderson Cooper about the same-sex marriage cases currently before the Supreme Court. A strong advocate for gay marriage rights, Kluwe said he was disappointed that court justices seemed to be leaning toward a narrow ruling in the Pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Andy Mannix's Chris Kluwe profile wins GLAAD Outstanding Newspaper Article award

    Andy Mannix's October profile of Vikings punter and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe has been recognized by GLAAD as 2012's Outstanding Newspaper Article.SEE ALSO: Andy Mannix's Chris Kluwe profile is a GLAAD Media Awards finalist The profile, titled "Game Changer," beat out four other nominees for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Chris Kluwe files Supreme Court brief opposing Prop 8

    Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo filed a U.S. Supreme Court brief Thursday supporting same-sex marriage in the landmark Hollingsworth v. Perry case over the implementation of California's Prop 8. SEE ALSO: COVER: Chris Kluwe takes a stand Chris Kluwe's B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Chris Kluwe's Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies book coming this summer

    Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe doesn't appear to be having any problems keeping himself occupied during the off season so far. Kluwe is writing a book that will be on shelves this summer, titled Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, a reference to the censored version of his originally quite vulg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Chris Kluwe on The Colbert Report [VIDEO]

    While hyping Chris Kluwe's appearance on his show last night, Stephen Colbert ticked off the Vikings punter's eclectic interests -- football, World of Warcraft, and gay marriage among them.SEE ALSO:-- Chris Kluwe is one of GQ's "Honorary Gays of the Year" -- Chris Kluwe is Salon's Sexiest Man of 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Lizz Winstead wants to marry Chris Kluwe

    Minneapolis native and Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead is a big fan of Chris Kluwe, though it doesn't sound like that has much do with the Vikings punter's athleticism. Winstead, a brilliant comedian whose work spans the media gamut, gave Kluwe a shout-out at her New Year's Eve show at Pepito's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo are GQ's "Honorary Gays of the Year"

    Vikings punter Chris Kluwe isn't gay, but now he's the next best thing: An honorary gay.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe is Salon's Sexiest Man of 2012Kluwe and his fellow NFL-playing gay-marriage crusader, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, have been named GQ's "Honorary Gays of the Year."

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Chris Kluwe makes surprise Wits appearance [VIDEO]

    The election may be over, but Chris Kluwe keeps finding the spotlight. His latest media appearance: an unscheduled cameo on Wits.SEE ALSO: The Chris Kluwe Archives

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Damian Goddard wants to get 'smash mouth' on Chris Kluwe

    Damian Goddard thinks it's time to get "smash mouth" on gay-marriage advocates like Chris Kluwe, which sounds pretty severe, presuming he's talking about the '90s band. Goddard, spokesman for National Organization for Marriage, released a Youtube attack on Kluwe last week, and it is...strange. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Chris Kluwe is Salon's Sexiest Man of 2012

    Chris Kluwe's year of winning continues -- weeks after playing a key role in defeating Minnesota's proposed same-sex marriage ban, the Vikings punter has been named Salon's Sexiest Man of 2012.Salon's eccentric Sexiest Men list is about "real men" who represent "more than Ryan Seacrest gross and gen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Chris Kluwe on the election: 'It makes me proud to be part of this state'

    Now that the election is finally over, we checked back with Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, the subject of our October 24 cover story, "Game Changer," to get his thoughts on the results. In the weeks leading up to November 6, Kluwe became arguably the most interesting part of the battle over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Chris Kluwe betrayed: Punter quits writing for PiPress following paper's Vote Yes editorial

    In recent weeks, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe toned himself down and had been blogging for the Pioneer Press, but that relationship abruptly came to an end Saturday when the Twin Cities' right-leaning daily published a Vote Yes editorial.SEE ALSO: Vikings considering replacing Chris Kluwe as punter Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Vikings considering replacing Chris Kluwe as punter

    Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is probably the best gay marriage advocate in the NFL. But so far this season, he's been far from the best punter, and it appears the Vikings are running out of patience.SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe takes a stand [FEATURE] Yesterday, the Vikings brought in 22-year-old former San ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2012

    Chris Kluwe takes a stand

    Vikings punter pries open the last closet in America: major league sports

  • News

    October 24, 2012

    Chris Kluwe geeks out

    Off the field, the Viking indulges in video games, miniatures, and his band Tripping Icarus

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Chris Kluwe battles government agent in new Vote No ad [AUDIO]

    In a new radio ad, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe battles a government agent in a satirical skit riffing off his now-infamous "Lustful Cockmonster" letter published to Deadspin last month. SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe sends debate challenge to 10 Minnesota Republicans Chris Kluwe and MN for Marriage's Andy P ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012
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