September 10, 2012 |
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.
April 13, 2014 |
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.
January 2, 2014 |
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]
January 2, 2009 |
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.
May 29, 2013 |
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.
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.