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Ex-Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Visits UMD, Addresses Pro Future

Updated: 04/23/2014 11:18 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 11:06 PM WDIO.com

The politically outspoken former punter of the Minnesota Vikings visited Duluth Wednesday night to talk empathy, diversity, and football. 

Chris Kluwe is on a kind of non-formal tour, making stops across the country. Wednesday was UMD. 

Kluwe was released by the Vikings before last season and made headlines when he wrote a scathing article alleging he was let go because he supports gay marriage, among other things.

Kluwe isn't with any team this season, and says it's likely related to that article.

"I'm definitely staying in shape, I just don't think any teams will come calling," Kluwe said before his speech. "It's 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 GMs 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 ongoing independent investigation into the allegations.

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