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May 6, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Minnesota Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe on Monday, Kluwe announced on Twitter. Kluwe tweeted the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. Thank you to all the fans, my teammates, and the Wilf family for the past 8.5 years. I wouldn't have traded it for anything. - Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 6, 2013   Kluwe, 31, ranked just 17th in the NFL in punting and was due to make $1.45 million this season. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA before the 2005 season.
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April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
The former punter for the Minnesota Vikings who made headlines last year by posting a letter online saying his advocacy for same-sex marriage cost him his NFL job was an open book during his appearance Saturday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Chris Kluwe spoke for less than 10 minutes before he readily opened up the floor for questions. “Treat this like an AMA on Reddit,” said Kluwe, the author of "Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities," a collection of essays and short stories on the topic of social empathy.
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January 29, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answered questions from fans via Reddit on Monday. Pretty uneventful affair, with nothing notable happening, until a fan with the screen name "Loate" asked a question. "Dear Commissioner. I was curious about what you thought on the role of traumatic injury in the NFL, and the dichotomy between making the game safer versus giving the fans the hard hits and satiated bloodlust they so clearly desire. It seems to me that a lot of the popularity of the game boils down to the fact that there is that risk of injury, so I guess what I'm essentially asking is how are you going to balance that going forward without people feeling like you're never going to give them up, or never going to let them down?"
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Late Friday afternoon, David Kopay watched sun cut through cypress trees at Lands End in San Francisco as the first former NFL player to come out as gay reflected on the past two weeks. "It's amazing, it really is, and I tell you it's because things are really ready for the truth," Kopay said in a telephone interview. "People are finally getting around to some truths. " The day before University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam came out Feb. 9, Kopay joined a small group that dined with Sam at the Los Angeles home of publicist Howard Bragman.
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September 10, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
The dust-up involving the Baltimore Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo and the Maryland Legislature's Emmett C. Burns Jr. suggests it's time to reevaluate what we know about professional sports and gay marriage - if we knew much to begin with. The flap began small before it got big, starting with the Maryland legislator's letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti two weeks ago. “As a Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly and a Baltimore Ravens Football fan, I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo, would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically, as a Raven Football player,” wrote Burns, a Democrat and a Baptist pastor.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
The former punter for the Minnesota Vikings who made headlines last year by posting a letter online saying his advocacy for same-sex marriage cost him his NFL job was an open book during his appearance Saturday at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Chris Kluwe spoke for less than 10 minutes before he readily opened up the floor for questions. “Treat this like an AMA on Reddit,” said Kluwe, the author of "Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities," a collection of essays and short stories on the topic of social empathy.
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January 2, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a a lengthy and scathing column, published online Thursday by Deadspin, detailing the reasons he feels he was released by the team prior to the 2013 season. Kluwe, who spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Vikings, wrote: "It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by [special teams coach] Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, [then-head coach]
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January 2, 2009 | Mike Penner
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was probably just thinking out loud when he said it, but he made Internet headlines when he said he could make a lot of money if he changed his last name to "World of Warcraft," after his favorite video game. Kluwe hosts a talk show on Minneapolis radio station 93X and recently told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Back when Chad Johnson changed his name to Ocho Cinco, I told the guys at 93X that I was going to change my name to Chris World of Warcraft.
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August 21, 1999
Los Alamitos senior Chris Kluwe has committed to play football at UCLA for the 2000 season. Kluwe, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound punter and kicker, was a first-team All-Southern Section Division I selection last season as a junior.
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August 29, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The late Junior Seau was not far from the thoughts of friends and associates in the immediate aftermath of news of a proposed settlement of concussion-related lawsuits between the NFL and more than 4,500 ex-players. Seau,  the former San Diego Chargers linebacker and USC star, committed suicide in 2012. He was 43. Tight end Alex Holmes also played for USC -- long after Seau's era -- and played eight games in the NFL with Miami in 2005. He tweeted about the proposed settlement on Thursday morning.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
On Sunday, college football star Michael Sam stood on the precipice of making history. The University of Missouri lineman and NFL draft hopeful came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, potentially making him the first openly gay NFL player. Before his announcement, Sam was projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in May's draft. But according to Sports Illustrated, his stock may be falling . There has been some negative reaction from NFL personnel; in the SI article, one source labeled Sam's sexuality an unnecessary “distraction.” “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that,” an assistant coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told SI. “There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room.
SPORTS
January 2, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a a lengthy and scathing column, published online Thursday by Deadspin, detailing the reasons he feels he was released by the team prior to the 2013 season. Kluwe, who spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Vikings, wrote: "It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by [special teams coach] Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, [then-head coach]
SPORTS
August 29, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The late Junior Seau was not far from the thoughts of friends and associates in the immediate aftermath of news of a proposed settlement of concussion-related lawsuits between the NFL and more than 4,500 ex-players. Seau,  the former San Diego Chargers linebacker and USC star, committed suicide in 2012. He was 43. Tight end Alex Holmes also played for USC -- long after Seau's era -- and played eight games in the NFL with Miami in 2005. He tweeted about the proposed settlement on Thursday morning.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
It's 2013, and finally the public is beginning to acknowledge that, believe it or not, there are gay athletes who, believe it or not, compete in major professional sports. And that's a great thing. When NBA center Jason Collins made headlines last month as the first male athlete to come out in a major professional sport, it seemed that everyone from LeBron James to Barack Obama wanted to offer the Washington Wizards player words of admiration. But even the support of Lil Wayne and Bill Clinton cannot hide an important reality -- from collegiate to professional play, gay athletes still face an uphill battle.
SPORTS
May 28, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he loves his gay relatives. He just doesn't think that they, or any other homosexual people, should have the right to get married. “To each his own. I'm not with it," the reigning NFL MVP said of gay marriage Sunday on Sirius/XM NFL radio. "But I have relatives that are gay. I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love 'em. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But, to each his own. " Peterson's comments came on the same day that the Galaxy's Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male athlete to play in one of the five American major professional team sports.  But that wasn't the topic of Peterson's conversation with radio hosts Bruce Murray and Amani Toomer.
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May 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
There are some people in the world who just don't get it. In their desire to be clever, they don't look at the big picture. The Toronto Maple Leafs have one such fan. Several hundred Maple Leafs fans gathered at Maple Leaf Square outside the Leafs' home arena Monday night as their favorite team took on the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Most fans were wearing Maple Leafs jerseys and carrying handmade signs supporting their team. But one sign stood out in particular: a sign that said "Toronto Stronger," a play on words off the “Boston Strong” motto that has been used in Boston as a rallying cry after the Boston Marathon bombings.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
On Sunday, college football star Michael Sam stood on the precipice of making history. The University of Missouri lineman and NFL draft hopeful came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, potentially making him the first openly gay NFL player. Before his announcement, Sam was projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in May's draft. But according to Sports Illustrated, his stock may be falling . There has been some negative reaction from NFL personnel; in the SI article, one source labeled Sam's sexuality an unnecessary “distraction.” “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that,” an assistant coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told SI. “There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room.
SPORTS
December 24, 2004 | Lonnie White, Times Staff Writer
UCLA punter Chris Kluwe, one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, finished his career with the Bruins with a strong performance against Wyoming in the Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday night. Kluwe averaged 44 yards in six punts, including four kicks that pinned the Cowboys inside their 15-yard line. Kluwe was at his best in the first half when he averaged 44.2 yards on five punts, including three inside the Wyoming 12.
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May 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
OK Angels fans, I heard you. Stop with the emails. It's your turn now. The Times is asking readers to pick the 10 greatest Angels of all time. Let's see how close you can come to the 12,231 ballots I got for the Dodgers' 10-greatest voting. The rules: -- You can vote for anyone in Angels history. -- You can vote for anyone related to the Angels in some way, be it player, announcer, manager, coach, owner or peanut vendor. -- List your 10 selections in order, from 1 to 10, with No. 1 being your choice for the greatest Angel of all time and 10 being your choices for the 10th greatest of all time.
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May 7, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Ah, the postgame handshake line. What a great tradition in youth and high school sports. It's the perfect opportunity to show that no matter how intense things got in the heat of battle that it was really just a game, there's no hard feelings and the important thing is that everyone had fun. Or is it the perfect opportunity to get one last cheap shot in on your opponent? A high school water polo player from South Florida chose the latter route after his team lost in a state championship game late last month, and his actions were captured in a video that has gotten nearly 2.7 million views on YouTube.
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