EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe claims his advocacy for marriage equality prompted the team to cut him from its roster last year.
Kluwe claimed in a Jan. 2 post to the website Deadspin that special teams coach Mike Priefer said in “one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing” during a November meeting that, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island and then nuke it until it glows.” The outspoken same-sex marriage advocate went on to say Vikings owner Zygi Wilf backed his efforts, but head coach Leslie Fraiser asked him to stop his efforts.
Priefer has denied Kluwe’s allegations as CBS News reported.
The Vikings stressed Kluwe’s performance and salary — and not his activism in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples — contributed to the decision to release him from the roster. The team has launched an investigation into their former punter’s allegations.