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.
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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.