Recently dismissed Minnesota Vikings player and outspoken advocate for marriage equality Chris Kluwe has issued a rather long and damning accusation directed at Vikings coach Mike Priefer. Kluwe (you may recall a previous op ed from him assuring a homophobic politician that gay men won’t turn him into a “lustful cockmonster”) says that Priefer stated that “the gays” should be taken to an island and nuked until they glow*, and that Kluwe’s advocacy is what led to his dismissal.
Near the end of November, several teammates and I were walking into a specialist meeting with Coach Priefer. We were laughing over one of the recent articles I had written supporting same-sex marriage rights, and one of my teammates made a joking remark about me leading the Pride parade. As we sat down in our chairs, Mike Priefer, in one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” The room grew intensely quiet, and none of the players said a word for the rest of the meeting. The atmosphere was decidedly tense. I had never had an interaction that hostile with any of my teammates on this issue—some didn’t agree with me, but our conversations were always civil and respectful. Afterward, several told me that what Mike Priefer had said was “messed up.”
*Twitter user Bern1 Ross had this to say about the coach’s desire for glowing gay men:
— Bern1 Ross (@LeftRight_Silky) January 3, 2014