“In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team. At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought it was because of my recent activism for same-sex marriage rights, and I was very careful in how I answered the question. My answer, verbatim, was always, ‘I honestly don’t know, because I’m not in those meetings with the coaches and administrative people’… I honestly don’t know if my activism was the reason I got fired. However, I’m pretty confident it was. Some will ask if the NFL has a problem with institutionalized homophobia. I don’t think it does. I think there are homophobic people in the NFL, in all positions, but that’s true for society as well, and those people eventually get replaced. All we can do is try to expose their behavior when we see it and call them to account for their actions. Never be afraid to do what’s right. If no one ever says anything, nothing ever changes.” –Chris Kluwe, former NFL player (and hero of mine) For the full statement go here.
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