Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe added to his negative comments about the team and the NFL this weekend when he said in a phone interview with Fox Twin Cities that the league is too soft on players who commit crimes but harsh on those who "speak out for civil rights."
The comments over the weekend come on the heels of a Twitter rant from the 32-year-old former NFL player in which he talked about an investigation into a Vikings assistant coach, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, for allegedly making homophobic slurs. The team has since suspended Priefer three games.
More recently, in the interview with Fox, Kluwe commented on how he thinks the league is too lax on players who face serious allegations ranging from drug use to spousal abuse:
"Players who get caught smoking weed or DUI get 4 games, and you're telling me the guy who made a comment like, 'Let's round up all the gays put them on an island and nuke it till it glows' — he's only going to get a slap on the wrist?...The NFL is a league where you can get redemption for killing someone, for beating your wife in an elevator, for driving drunk, for a whole variety of things. But when you speak out for civil rights, that's the one thing you cannot get redeemed for."
Kluwe says he plans on filing a lawsuit against the Vikings in the coming week for wrongful termination and will reportedly seek approximately $10 million in damages. Kluwe was cut from the Vikings in 2013 after eight seasons because of what he said was his public support for same-sex marriage.
- Marc Weinreich