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Kluwe Vindicated, Vikings Playing CYA

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken gay rights activist, accused the Vikings’ special teams coach of saying that gay people should be killed during a meeting and he has now been entirely vindicated in that accusation. But the Vikings are playing a furious game of cover-your-ass and pretending that everything’s fine.

Nevertheless, the 29-page analysis reveals that investigators concluded that Preifer did, in fact, make the remark about nuking gays, just as Kluwe alleged. The Vikings announced that Priefer would be suspended for the first three games of this season and the team would donate $100,000 to an LGBT organization.

The Vikings lawyers claims that although Preifer said we should “nuke… all the gays,” he was otherwise completely respectful of LGBT people and those advocating on their behalf. The analysis insist that “[o]ther than Kluwe’s allegations, there is no support in the record that Priefer made any additional statements of this nature.” They rely on current employees of the Vikings, including front-office staff, who claim they never heard Priefer say “anything inappropriate, demeaning, or to make comments about gay individuals.”

Yesterday, Priefer apologized for his “insensitive remark,” which he never actually admitted to making in multiple interviews with investigators. At first, Priefer flatly “denied making any inappropriate statements about gay individuals or marriage equality.” Later he “acknowledged that he may have made the statement” about nuking gays but “was adamant that any comment was made in jest.”

Well sure, he said we should kill all the gay people on the planet with a nuclear weapon, and he said it to a guy who had been advocating for equality, but he only did it that one time. Other than that, he was totally respectful of gay people, so what’s the big deal? Oh, and though the Vikings did tell Kluwe to stop his advocacy, that totally had nothing to do with what he was advocating for.

The Vikings lawyers acknowledge that Kluwe was encouraged by Vikings management to scale back his activism in support of LGBT rights, but insist it was completely unrelated to the substance of his activism. The analysis claims that “players and management were concerned about the distraction that Kluwe’s activism was creating, as opposed to the nature and content of his activism.”

Yes, of course. And if he had been advocating for, say, better health care for wounded veterans, I’m sure they would have had the same reaction, right? Nonsense. It had everything to do with the content of his activism.

Comments

  1. says

    The Vikings lawyers claims that although Preifer said we should “nuke… all the gays,” he was otherwise completely respectful of LGBT people and those advocating on their behalf.

    Yeah just because he wants them dead doesn’t mean he hates them “cough” Hail Hitler.

    The Vikings lawyers acknowledge that Kluwe was encouraged by Vikings management to scale back his activism in support of LGBT rights, but insist it was completely unrelated to the substance of his activism.

    Utter BS, damn I thought they were supposed to do damage control not make it worse.

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    The Vikings lawyers claims that although Preifer said we should “nuke… all the gays,” he was otherwise completely respectful of LGBT people and those advocating on their behalf.

    Because nothing says ‘complete respect’ like wishing nuclear warfare on someone.

    Later he “acknowledged that he may have made the statement” about nuking gays but “was adamant that any comment was made in jest.”

    ‘I think you should die a horrible death. Ha ha ha.’

  3. says

    …accused the Vikings’ special teams coach of saying that gay people should be killed during a meeting…

    Why do we need a meeting? Can’t we just kill them whenever?

  4. vereverum says

    Later he “acknowledged that he may have made the statement” about nuking gays but “was adamant that any comment was made in jest.”

    Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” (Prov 26:18-19)

  5. dugglebogey says

    Major League Baseball was “concerned about the distraction” that Branch Rickey was making in 1947 too.

    Fuck em.

  6. flatlander100 says

    This is known as a “staged withdrawl” non-apology: (a)” I didn’t say it, but (b) if I did say it, I didn’t mean it, and (c) if I did mean it, I’m sorry if anyone took offence.”

  7. gog says

    hahaha @7.

    “I’m sorry that I offended people (but I’m not sorry that I’m a bigoted asshole).”

  8. says

    I’m sorry that I offended people

    No, no. It’s I’m sorry if people were offended. Passive voice all the way is how to construct a notpology. You don’t want to imply that you caused them to be offended. That would mean accepting at least partial responsibility.

  9. minnemooseus says

    And a side note about an ad to the side of this story.

    It changed after I went through the log in procedure, but initially the ad immediately to the left of the “cover-your-ass” story was for mens underpants.

    Carry on.

  10. grantly says

    @minnemooseus

    Great. Now my mind is running through other alternatives to CYA and what the corresponding ads would be…

  11. KRS says

    The analysis claims that “players and management were concerned about the distraction that Kluwe’s activism was creating, as opposed to the nature and content of his activism.

    And yet the extreme Christian activism of many NFL players, including Reggie White’s homophobic statements/sermons, is never a distraction. It’s pretty obvious that this “distraction” rhetoric is just an excuse to shut down liberal activism, and only liberal activism.

  12. says

    It was a joke! Like “Knock knock.”

    “Whose there?”

    “Newcomb”

    “Newcomb who?”

    “Newcomb if they’re gay!”

    Nothing wrong with that, right?

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