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Chris Kluwe Declines White House Invitation with Humorous Email: READ IT


LGBT ally and Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe was invited to this year's LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House, and he is a bit heartbroken that he'll have to be training with the team instead.

Writes Kluwe in an RSVP letter of regret he posted to his Twitter feed:

"p.s. - if you really wanted to, I'm sure I could make a late supper if an F35 were to pick me up at the field right after practice. Just saying....

p.p.s. - Please don't do that. Then I'd be "that guy" on the team. You know. "That guy". (Plus it also seems like an extremely unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars."

Read the full email below:


(via silver and black pride)

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  1. He's a hoot. Go Chris!!
    (and I can't stand football)

    Posted by: RJP | Jun 3, 2013 9:13:01 AM

  2. The F-35 is a single-seat aircraft so that wouldn't work anyways.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 3, 2013 9:18:48 AM

  3. humorous. but who turns down a dinner invitation from the president of the united states of america.

    Posted by: Billy | Jun 3, 2013 9:20:01 AM

  4. What a classy guy! So lucky to be alive while both he and Obama are!!! I can feel the smiles!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 3, 2013 9:24:17 AM

  5. Love Chris Kluwe

    Posted by: CHAD | Jun 3, 2013 9:31:35 AM

  6. Thank goodness Chris isn't going. I couldn't bear to see him get exploited by Obama.

    Fresh from having thrown us under the bus re immigration reform, Obama hardly deserves our love...or our money.

    Posted by: Brent | Jun 3, 2013 9:35:20 AM

  7. You're tiresome, Brent. And sad, to boot.

    Posted by: Mikey | Jun 3, 2013 9:41:28 AM

  8. I agree with Brent.

    Posted by: Ladi | Jun 3, 2013 9:45:43 AM

  9. Of course you do "Ladi." Of course you do.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 3, 2013 9:50:31 AM

  10. LOL our new trolls. Amateurs.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jun 3, 2013 9:57:50 AM

  11. Or the same trolls. There is lots of suckpuppetings here because you don't have to register.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 3, 2013 10:11:19 AM

  12. The trolls are so thick in here I hate reading the comments anymore

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 3, 2013 10:43:15 AM

  13. Steve, our resident troll Rick is pulling out all of his aliases out today. So far he's used a total of 4 just on today's posts.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 3, 2013 10:47:18 AM

  14. He's amazing..Once again showing masculine guys can bring the game better!....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 3, 2013 11:26:28 AM

  15. Chris is an "Awesome Straight Dude" God....And he can bring the shirtless too!!

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 3, 2013 11:32:12 AM

  16. And this is a great example of how Chris Kluwe won me over. It's official. I'm on the Kluwe bandwagon now. He won me over. Lol!!

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jun 3, 2013 11:44:05 AM

  17. Alan Brickman's parroting of Rick's anti-femme talking points proves he's just another alias of our resident troll.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 3, 2013 12:12:38 PM

  18. @BILLY: Who turns the President down? Chris Fu@kin Kluwe, that's who!

    Posted by: Marc C | Jun 3, 2013 1:10:56 PM

  19. @Billy-

    Who turns down a White House invite for a mandatory practice?

    Somebody who made $1M/year last year, got cut from that job amid mutterings from his coaches that he was not concentrating on football, and is competing for a spot that will pay him $600K this year if he can persuade his new coaches he's the best.

    Can't wait for Kluwe's new book to be released!

    Posted by: SC David | Jun 3, 2013 1:21:14 PM

  20. I don't get it personally. It's like ricky martin being honored for being in the closet. Now that he doesn't have a career he's a gay leader and fundraiser, where was he during the AIDS crisis? Please.

    Sometimes the gay community hungers for celebrity so much it makes me want to throw up. Chris Kluwe is obviously a good man. But come on, let's recognize gay people who have fought the good fight, paid for it with their careers, dollars, lives, etc. Many have sacrificed a lot over the years and go unrecognized because they aren't part of the gay elite squad. Sometimes I just get very disappointed in the gay community for making a big deal out of someone who wrote a letter. so what? Many more gay men and women have fought a longer, tougher fight and deserve to go to a white house dinner much more than Mr. Kluwe.

    Posted by: Jamie Hinds | Jun 3, 2013 2:20:07 PM


    Do you know anything about Chris Kluwe?

    You appear to think he no longer has a career in the NFL. In fact, he plays for the Oakland Raiders, having recently been traded from the Minnesota Vikings.

    You also appear to believe he is closeted. In fact, he isn't even gay. He's a straight ally, and a damn good one! He's been outspoken and visible on the subject of marriage equality for the past year to year-and-a-half.

    You appear to believe Chris Kluwe failed to step up during the AIDS Crisis'--a period of time which I believe would probably encompass 1984 when the disease first hit mainstream media and 1995 when HAART, 'triple cocktail' therapy became a life-saving medical reality. Given that Chris Kluwe was born in December 1981, he would have been 3 years old when we were learning about HIV/AIDS and 14 years old during 1995 when, thanks to medical advances, gay men stopped dying in droves from HIV disease. What exactly do you expect him to have done about HIV/AIDS during that period of his development?

    We celebrate Chris Kluwe for a helluva lot more than the fact that he wrote a funny email. Please, pay attention!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 3, 2013 6:25:29 PM

  22. My breasts are small and humble; so you don't confuse them with mountains.

    Posted by: Shakira | Jun 4, 2013 3:12:17 AM

  23. Chris Kluwe would have made an excellent gay man. It's not his fault that he's heterosexual, after all, it is not a choice. So we should love and admire him just the way he is.

    Posted by: desmond | Jun 4, 2013 6:17:33 AM

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