Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Footnotes: Vikings Coach To Klewe: "Enough!"

For background on the contents of this post, please refer to the blog entry for September 9, 2012, "Pro Football Season Returns" and to the November 16, 2012, entry, "Friday Footnotes: NFL Allies."  Due to the nature of the content of this piece, it was determined not to include this update with the post from last Friday in order to include any subsequent developments.
I have commended Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe for his advocacy and public endorsement of marriage equality for all persons and his opposition to antigay bullying and discrimination. Thanks to his efforts, and the support of others, Minnesota voters this past November defeated a ballot initiative that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The path is now set for the state legislature to legalize same sex marriage as the voters have already approved it.
Apparently, at the very least, one of the Vikings coaching staff is tiring of Kluwe's activism. Positions coach Mike Priefer has publicly warned the player to "cool it" and focus on his job.

Addressing the issue in an interview with the Associated Press, Priefer stated: "Those distractions are getting old for me, to be quite honest with you." He continued, "to me, it's getting old. He's got to focus on punting and holding for field goals and extra points."

Coach Priefer was supported by Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier. In a statement released to the press, Frazier offered: " We've has some conversations, Chris and I. He's assured me that's where his focus is and we just have to keep moving forward."

As a punter, Kluwe's record is about average for the NFL. He is paid higher than the national average for those in his position, hence the higher expectations from his performance on the field. His public activism isn't limited to just gay issues, although that is the area that has drawn the most media attention. The Vikings never singled out a particular cause that Kluwe endorses as a reason for the public comments.

It appears Kluwe will continue to speak his mind. As the coaching staff were communicating with the press about his focus, Kluwe was in the taping of an ESPN episode of "Outside The Lines" discussing gay issues in professional football.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Stan said...

The coaching staff needs to get over it. What are they afraid of? Being outed?

aguywithoutboxers said...

What he does on his time is his business.