NFL Player: LGBT Advocacy Got Me Fired

By Chris Hoenig

Chris Kluwe’s eight-year career as punter for the Minnesota Vikings ended pretty suddenly. And, according to him, it’s because he’s an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community.

Kluwe is perhaps better known by those outside of Minnesota for his advocacy than for his punting, especially after Deadspin published an open letter he wrote to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. in 2012. The letter was in response to Burns’ asking Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to curb the LGBT advocacy of another pro football player, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.

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