January 3rd, 2014
08:21 PM ET

Fmr. Vikings punter claims he was fired for gay rights stance

Former Vikings punter Chris Klume says he was cut from the Vikings because of his support for gay rights.

"It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2013, that I was fired by Mike Preefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for." – Fmr. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe written in Deadspin essay.

Preefer, the special teams coordinator of the Vikings, denies the allegations, saying he does "not tolerate discrimination of any type." The Viking are now conducting an independent investigation into the matter.

But this is not the first time the NFL has faced tough questions about its tolerance towards gays.

The Inside Story of How the NFL's Plan for Its 1st Openly Gay Player Fell Apart

OutFront: Esera Tuaolo is a former football player who came out after retirement.

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