“ Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment, and excitement.” Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who’s “deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland”? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you’re going to say that political views have “no place in a sport”? I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for “beautiful oppressionism”).”
A masterful response from Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr., who “wrote last week to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to ‘inhibit such expressions from your employee.’” The ‘employee’ in question is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who spoke out in favor of a Maryland ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage.
Kluwe, writing on Deadspin, hits every note that needed to be hit including sports’ history as a force for cultural change, the ‘employee’ comment, and Burns’ shameful homophobia.