Straight NFL player fired for supporting gays

chris kluwe

I normally don’t write about sports because…you know, it’s a complete waste of time but this is pretty interesting.

Chris Kluwe was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings from 2005-2012.  He claims the NFL fired him for his support of same-sex marriage.  He even wrote an article about it (click here for the article).  This has caused quite the scandal.  Other NFL players are coming out in support of Chris, which is great to see.  This brings up the topic of homophobia in professional sports.  Anyone with half a brain should be able to figure out that there are obviously gay players in the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL.  Assuming 1 out of 8 (I think it is more like 1 out of 5) people is gay…do the math.  I think the pro-sports teams are scared to show their support for gay rights because they are too scared to step outside the box and go against man-made gender roles.  Manly men supporting gays??? That would just be too much.  A gay man being a manly man playing sports?!? Well that would just be CRAZY! The other and primary concern is $$$.  The major leagues are scared that they will lose some of their fan base by having a gay player.  Why? Because they think that sports fans just couldn’t handle a gay player.  A very smart mentor of mine once told me that all roads lead to money.  This is indeed a very true statement.  This is the same reason national brands have been so slow in incorporating gays in their advertisements.

Back to the topic at hand.  Brendon Ayanbadejo is another NFL player who says that Chris is “100% right” when he says he was fired for his support of same-sex marriage.  Brendon went on to say “You’re talking about a guy who was the first or second in every punting category in terms of performance in Minnesota Vikings history.”.

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