Former Viking Chris Kluwe Speaks at UMD

Updated: 04/23/2014 11:44 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 11:17 PM
By: Zach Hammer

Duluth, Minn. - The outspoken former punter of the Vikings was in Duluth on Wednesday, speaking to students at UMD.

Chris Kluwe is on a kind of non-formal tour, making stops across the country advocating the importance of empathy and diversity. Kluwe was released by the Vikings before last season and made headlines when he wrote an article alleging he was let go because he supports gay marriage. Kluwe isn't with any team this season and says it is probably because of that article.

"I'm definitely staying in shape, I just don't think any teams will come calling because it is hard to write a letter titled 'I was fired by two cowards and a bigot' and then expect other teams to come say 'hey we need a punter.' Something tells me that calling out head coaches and general managers is probably not good for your future job security.

Kluwe has alleged Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer made anti-gay comments in practice. The Vikings have an independent investigation going into the allegations.

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