John M. Becker

NCLR Petitions MN Vikings to Investigate Kluwe's Claims

Filed By John M. Becker | January 24, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Chris Kluwe, David Pakman, football, gay marriage, marriage equality, Minnesota, Minnesota Vikings, National Center for Lesbian Rights, NCLR, NFL, same-sex marriage

pakman-kluwe.jpgChris Kluwe, the former Minnesota Vikings punter and outspoken LGBT rights supporter, rocked the sports world earlier this month when he claimed in a blistering post titled "I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot" that the Vikings let him go because of his pro-equality activism.

The Vikings have said they plan to investigate Kluwe's allegations, but the National Center for Lesbian Rights -- which is representing Kluwe during the investigation -- launched a petition calling on the team to go further. Kluwe and NCLR want "a full and fair investigation, training for all Vikings personnel on LGBT issues, and [management's] support for players who either are or want to be allies in the future.

Click here to sign NCLR's petition, if you haven't already done so. Chris Kluwe has done so much for our community, so let's show him we have his back.

Kluwe discussed the kerfuffle in a recent appearance on the David Pakman Show. He told host David Pakman that while he trusts the integrity of the Vikings's investigation, if the team ultimately determines that homophobia didn't play a role in his firing, he's prepared to take them to court to prove the truth of his claims.

Watch Pakman's interview with Kluwe, after the jump.

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