Chris Kluwe Pens Awesome Op-Ed, Tells Anti-Gay Players To 'Grow The F**k Up'

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Iowan

West Des Moines, IA

#1 Apr 2, 2013
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is just...he's just the best.

In his latest opinion piece for CNN he's blasts those within the sport and outside of it that are denouncing a gay player for potentially coming out based on the idea that said player will be a "distraction" or that coming out is in some way "selfish."

One line to players sums it up quite nicely: "I have four simple words for you. Grow the f*** up. This is our job, we are adults, so would you kindly act like one?"

Read Kluwe's full op-ed piece after the jump!

Chris Kluwe writes via CNN:

"Don't be a distraction."

These words are pounded into every single NFL player's head from the day he enters the league until the day he leaves (and I would imagine it holds true for just about every professional sport).

The same message, over and over and over -- "The team comes first," "Sacrifice your personal goals to win," "Only be judged by what goes on between the lines" -- which is why I find it unsurprising that there are no openly gay athletes in any of the big four professional sports leagues in the U.S.: the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB.

The message is pushed on us so hard, in fact, that players run the very real risk of losing their jobs if the team deems them too much of a distraction, and unfortunately it seems gay players feel that being comfortable with who they are has to take second place to keeping their jobs.

This isn't right.

It's not right that professional sports, and especially the professional sports media, have created an environment where gay players are willing to hide essential components of themselves as human beings in order to pursue their dreams, in order to not be a distraction. It's not right that our insatiable lust for sports coverage creates an atmosphere where someone would willingly subordinate his life to a backward and bigoted worldview in order to stay employed.

It's not right that we can't just accept someone for who he is.

Why?

Why do people care so much about someone else's sexuality? Why do people give two s***s how someone else lives his life? Why do people have this absolutely idiotic notion that being gay has any sort of effect on how well a player can play football, or basketball, or baseball? Why the f*** do I even have to write this column for a major news organization to talk about something that shouldn't even remotely be a factor in sports?

Well, the reason is simple. I'm writing this because no gay player is currently out, and the first gay player who eventually does come out needs to know that -- despite all the indoctrination from the league about not being a distraction -- if he's the one to take the first step, he will have allies. He will have support. He will have those of us who realize that people's sexuality doesn't define who they are, just as their jobs don't define who they are, and that guys who bring our wives and children to games and team events are no different than those who would bring their husbands and children.

Most importantly, I'm writing this so that coaches, managers, players, owners and fans realize that the first gay player who comes out won't spontaneously cause rainbows to erupt out of everyone's rear.

In professional sports, the players on a team are a team. We eat together. We practice together. We watch film together, and we succeed or fail together. We see each other more than our own families during the season. To think that a gay player is suddenly going to destroy all that because he's out is asinine.

The idea that a gay player will be a distraction needs to change.
Iowan

West Des Moines, IA

#2 Apr 2, 2013
Coaches, administrative personnel -- will an openly gay player bring extra attention? Maybe, but guess what -- there's a whole bunch of other crap that happens during the season every year, anything from sexting to arrests to profane letters, and somehow we've managed to find a way through it each time without the entire edifice of football collapsing into ruin.

Instead of looking at an openly gay player as a distraction, ask yourselves -- how much better would that player play if he didn't have to worry about hiding a core part of who he is? How many more sacks would he have, free of that pressure? How many more receptions? How many more rushing yards?

Fans, media -- will an openly gay player be a distraction? Only if you make it one. Only if you insist on denying someone the freedom to live his own life on his own terms, instead of under someone else's control. Stop worrying about who a player dates; worry about his completion percentage, or tackles for loss, or return average. I can promise you, on Sundays the only thing he's worried about is lining up and doing his job to the best of his ability, or else he's going to be cut (just like any of us).

Players -- Those of you worried about a gay teammate checking out your ass in the shower, or hitting on you in the steam room, or bringing too much attention to the team -- I have four simple words for you. Grow the f*** up. This is our job, we are adults, so would you kindly act like one?

There are millions of people across America who work with gay co-workers every day, and they handle their business without riotous orgies consuming the work environment. In the extremely unlikely event that a gay player harasses you? We have an HR department. File a complaint, just the way a female employee would if you harassed her. If the media want to ask you about a gay teammate? He's a teammate, and you're focused on winning -- together. As a team.

And finally, to the gay player who does eventually come out, whoever that brave individual happens to be -- will you have to deal with media attention, with heightened scrutiny? Yes. Despite everything Brendon, Scott, myself, and all your other allies do, despite all the articles we write and interviews we give, despite the growing acceptance across this entire country, there are going to be people who insist on looking at you through the lens of your sexuality, and not at your skills as a football player. But you know what? All of us understand the truth.

You are a teammate, a friend, and you do not have to sacrifice who you are for the team to win, no matter what anyone else says.

You are not a distraction.

__________

Who raised this guy? We'd like to shake their hands.

What did you think of Kluwe's editorial, Instincters? Any highlights?

http://instinctmagazine.com/blogs/blog/minnes... **k-up?directory=100011
Iowan

West Des Moines, IA

#3 Apr 2, 2013
Best player on the Vikings, hall of famer for sure.
Iowan

West Des Moines, IA

#4 Apr 2, 2013
And I bet he voted for Ovama
Iowan

West Des Moines, IA

#5 Apr 2, 2013
When I went to school the gay thing wasn't really around but they vote for obama so I support them
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#7 Apr 2, 2013
You're not a player, but a punter is....
Iowan

West Des Moines, IA

#8 Apr 2, 2013
What would you have been if you hadnít been a football player?

Kluwe: I have no idea. I like to think I would have found something ó maybe teaching or law enforcement or whatever. I think I would have found something to do with my life but I have no idea what it would have been.

Whatís the biggest misconception about punters?

Kluwe:[Laughs.] That Ö weíre not athletes? We do have a very specialized job, but itís something that not a lot of other people can do, so we work hard at it.

http://extramustard.si.com/2013/04/02/chris-k...

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#9 Apr 2, 2013
Ah, the ones who preach tolerance are they themselves the least tolerant of all.
The gay brother in-law has helped sprout a rainbow out of Kuewe's rear, time to punt this very average kicker to the curb.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#10 Apr 2, 2013
Your entire team is sub par, you'll need the punter, if that's how you chose to dump losers...
Iowan

West Des Moines, IA

#11 Apr 2, 2013
40for60 wrote:
Ah, the ones who preach tolerance are they themselves the least tolerant of all.
The gay brother in-law has helped sprout a rainbow out of Kuewe's rear, time to punt this very average kicker to the curb.
you must be a god fearing person

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#12 Apr 2, 2013
I'd like to be there if/when someone like K. Williams tells Kluwe to shut the f--- up, just so I could watch the tough little punter run away.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#13 Apr 2, 2013
I'd like to be there, when your mommy/daddy changes sex, but it's as stupid as your post.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#15 Apr 2, 2013
40for60 wrote:
I'd like to be there if/when someone like K. Williams tells Kluwe to shut the f--- up, just so I could watch the tough little punter run away.
kluwe hangs out in the corner of the locker room and doesn't really talk with the other players (although he writes stuff on the board while they aren't looking), he's admitted as much in his interviews.

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#16 Apr 2, 2013
DSM Local wrote:
<quoted text>
kluwe hangs out in the corner of the locker room and doesn't really talk with the other players (although he writes stuff on the board while they aren't looking), he's admitted as much in his interviews.
Then he's just like slewage, tough behind a keyboard and monitor.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#17 Apr 3, 2013
I'm tough enough to offer to meet your pals, none of them wanted to sign up.

Of course, you blather meaningless, right ?

“HHhhhoooowwwlll”

Since: Feb 08

Craigville

#18 Apr 3, 2013
Pals?
LOLOLOLOL
You'd be eating soup for a few weeks if you met any of my pals.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#19 Apr 3, 2013
You'd be more intelligent, if you had a clue... Making internet noises to strangers contains as many facts as your usual points....Ps- I like you speaking for "pals", seems real "manly".

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