The Minnesota Vikings were embroiled in a bit of heavy duty controversy this past month when former punter Chris Kluwe flat out accused the team of harboring openly homophobic employees. His vitriol was directed at special teams coach Mike Priefer, who Kluwe claimed caused him to lose his job over Kluwe’s pro-gay rights stance.
Nothing really came of the investigation that was done and Priefer remains the special teams coach of the Vikings. Even with that being the case, Klwue believes that the Minnesota Vikings, as an organization and a locker room, would be a great fit for openly gay prospect Michael Sam.
“The vast majority of the coaches (never antagonized me),” Kluwe said. “Zygi (Wilf, the owner) has been supportive (of gay and lesbian rights). Obviously, my situation was isolated.”
Kluwe was careful in his expose last month to point out how the homophobia was isolated to Preifer and those who feared an uncomfortable situation with Preifer within the organization. Just about every team has come forth to say they’d welcome Sam regardless of his sexuality, which in of itself is a giant win that everyone can applaud and feel happy about.