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Brendon Ayanbadejo Backs Up Chris Kluwe's Claims of Anti-Gay Bigotry in the NFL: VIDEO


Former NFL star and Super Bowl champ Brendon Ayanbadejo spoke with TMZ yesterday and said that former punter Chris Kluwe is "100 percent right" in his claims that he was fired for his gay activism, saying that given his record, stats, and skills there is no way that Kluwe should have been cut for any other reason.

"Even though the NFL tries to keep you in a box in terms of your philanthropy he went out there and he did what he thought was right. Would he be in the league today if he had continued to go speak at schools about education or fitness, or if he continued to do hunger drives, or cancer awareness type of stuff? Yeah, he'd probably still be in the NFL but Chris did what was right for him."

Watch Ayanbadejo's entire statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I greatly admire both Brendon and Chris for their positive stance on gay marriage. Both of them are pioneers for equality in Sports. And I highly suspect that both of them were cut from their teams because of their support for gay marriage.
    I thought Chris Kluwe was hired by another football team. Was he? Whatever, God bless both of them for their support and kindness.
    They are pioneers in the Sports field who will always be remembered.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 3, 2014 10:39:12 AM

  2. I had a little trouble paying attention to what Brendan was saying. His chest is hard to not look at.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 3, 2014 10:42:30 AM

  3. @The Milkman. You were reading my mind. Brendon does have a magnificent chest. A gorgeous man.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 3, 2014 10:45:03 AM

  4. Chris Kluwe and Brendan Ayanbadejo are beautiful men, inside and out. Love them.

    Posted by: Joseph | Jan 3, 2014 10:48:49 AM

  5. Dude is about to explode hotness all over the place...

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 3, 2014 10:50:05 AM

  6. can't help staring at his chest.

    Posted by: CD in DC | Jan 3, 2014 10:52:18 AM

  7. It's great that it was TMZ that asked and got his conformation. I'll add that if Kris had been pulling a Tim Tebow he'd probably still be employed too.

    Posted by: Sean (The Jeep Guy) | Jan 3, 2014 11:34:14 AM

  8. Actually, I thinkChris did pull a 'Tebow'; but as usual, Chris has always been more erudite and Christian in his behavior than wear-it-on-your sleeve Tebow. 'Chris' is a more appropos name, anyways.

    Posted by: Woodroad34 | Jan 3, 2014 12:17:16 PM

  9. Sorry, um, that chest. What we're we talking about?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 3, 2014 12:23:21 PM

  10. What BA fails to mention is MONEY, which should be the NFL’s middle name. First, Kluwe stats had begun to decline. Second and more importantly, if you can get someone as good, or even better, for a lot less money, keeping the organization that much more under the salary cap, a team is going to do it. Further, he was also release from the Raiders.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 3, 2014 12:25:31 PM

  11. @Belthazar - Kluwe had been asked by the Vikings to go for more hangtime, less distance, to help the cover team (and they needed help). So to say his stats declined isn't really fair. Of course, money IS a big part of this - and the Raiders had a rookie punter too. Similar stats w/Kluwe in camp, but lower overhead.

    Posted by: CJ | Jan 3, 2014 1:09:55 PM

  12. @CJ - But that does not change the general consensus that Locke is just been a better punter and has been much better at pinpointing the ball deep in the other teams territory. Further, Locke is better, younger, and cheaper - all plausible reasons for releasing Kluwe. Hence the Raiders release that you mentioned.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Jan 3, 2014 1:45:36 PM

  13. "Punter" is starting to sound like a synonym… for…

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jan 3, 2014 4:45:34 PM

  14. I absolutely support Chris Kluwe. He's been so specific about his experiences whereas the coach has been incredibly vague in all his responses.

    Posted by: Junior | Jan 5, 2014 10:39:51 AM

  15. I have a good friend close to the Vikings who has interacted a lot with this coach and while he can't confirm nor deny Chris's allegations he did tell me, when there's no cameras around, the coach is a disrespectful pompous tool to everyone around him and Kluwe has always been extremely genuine during his career.

    Posted by: Lamart | Jan 5, 2014 10:41:41 AM

  16. Chris Kluwe is transparent and real. Nothing about how the MN Vikings responded to this incident has been transparent in y opinion, nor even smart

    Posted by: MAGIC IKE | Jan 5, 2014 10:42:30 AM

  17. There's far worse players than Kluwe who are part of the team or have been part of the team longer than him. The timming completely makes me believe Kluwe's side.

    Posted by: Klien | Jan 5, 2014 10:43:59 AM

  18. NFL has been catering to their right wing demographic for ages. The man who sang the Monday Night song made some horribly hateful remarks against Obama. NFL acting like it's SHOCKING that there's homophobia in their presence and systematic homophobia involved in hiring and firing practices just shows they aren't willing to be real in investigating this issue.

    Posted by: Two Dads | Jan 5, 2014 10:45:56 AM

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