Chris Kluwe, NFL kicker and LGBT ally, was cut this week by the Minnesota Vikings after 8 seasons amid talk that his support for the LGBT community was becoming a “distraction.” In typical Kluwe style, Chris had this to say to the Huffington Post about choosing to play football or speaking out for something he believes in:
“I love football, I love playing football but at the end of the day, it is a children’s game that grown men play.
“If I can speak out on something, especially something that affects millions of lives and causes young kids to kill themselves – if I can speak out on that and help one of those young kids realize that you don’t have to take that step, to me that’s worth far more than anything that I could gain from football.
“I think all that we’re asking and all that any athlete is asking, straight or gay, is judge that person by what they can do on the field. Not by who they are, not by what their beliefs are or the color of their skin. Judge them by their playing abilities.”