Jan 2, 2014

Chris Kluwe Gives Statement to Daily Leisure Vikings

This afternoon, Chris Kluwe released a piece on Deadspin.com, where he calls Leslie Frazier, and Rick Spielman cowards, and Mike Priefer a Bigot. The article is linked here.

I've done two interviews with Chris Kluwe linked here and here. Both are worth checking out. Chris Kluwe was kind enough to send DailyLeisureVikings.com a statement via text. Here's what he had to say:

"I greatly enjoyed my time with the Vikings, and I'll always thank the organization for giving me a chance. This isn't about me and the Vikings, it's about me and three specific individuals, and while I hate that it puts the team in a bad light, it's also the right thing to do. Never be afraid to speak out and try to change things - if you don't, who will?"

The three individuals being Frazier, Spielman, and Priefer.

The Vikings released their own statement today as well.

"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."
This situation is still in the very early stages and I anticipate more information to continue rolling out. Everybody, get ready for the biggest he said, she said scandals of the year.