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In a statement on Thursday, gay Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble, the lead sponsor of the state's marriage equality law, said former NFL punter Chris Kluwe's claims about his firing "raise very serious concerns about the culture within the Minnesota Vikings organization."

Here's the letter Dibble wrote to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Thursday.

The Vikings have announced that an investigation is underway.

Scott Dibble's letter to the Minnesota Vikings organization:

Zygi Wilf From Senator Dibble by Scott Dibble

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  1. Bravo Scott! Spot on.

    'A failure to condemn discriminatory values by employees or remaining silent to claims of intolerance sends a signal not only to your own players and employees, but to all Americans, that such behavior is acceptable or condoned.'

    The NFL is one of the most powerful messaging tools in the world. And they full well know it. How is it possible that they stand mutely on the sidelines when it's revealed that a coach called for all gays to be put on an island and nuked?

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 4, 2014 12:58:59 PM


  2. The fact that this guy was released and then shopped himself out to other teams and had no takers and now cries he was fired for "believes his termination was directly related to his willingness to be an advocate for freedom and equality for LGBT people" is just going to reinforce the current societal meme that gays are now the bulliers. Maybe he wasn't resigned and Jason Collins never signed is because there were plenty of new prospects who the teams could pay who were better than them??

    Posted by: MIke | Jan 4, 2014 12:59:53 PM


  3. Let's face it Mike, gay people and their supporters are not going to tolerate discrimination any more - whether you feel it is 'bullying' or not - we are fed up with having to be relegated to the back of the bus. Not in 2014 and if it takes a little shoving and hollering we are going to do it.

    A most excellent letter. If there is any hint of homophobia on the part of Vikings coaches or staff members they should be dismissed without hesitation. If Kluwe or Collins continue to be left without work because of their association with the gay community the NBA and NFL are to blame. We know it isn't because there are newer, younger, better players because these two have demonstrated repeatedly their abilities and trump any new player with maturity and experience.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 4, 2014 1:22:44 PM


  4. @SERIOUSLY

    They can remain silent, and will do everything they can to make this go away, because what the NFL cares about, and what the owners care about is money. Remember, this is a sport that recent medical research has *proven* to cause brain damage, and they've done everything they can to keep that from being discussed. This is the same industry that takes in hundreds of millions of dollars from cities all over the US to build and operate teams, passing those charges on to tax payers, then prices the seats so that most locals can't afford to attend, and then blacks out local coverage so that they can't even watch. Of all of the things they care about, improving life in the US for anyone, yet alone minorities, is the last thing on their minds.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 4, 2014 1:38:44 PM


  5. Yawn. Vikings will "investigate". They will say they found no evidence of wrongdoing by their business & this will all be forgotten. They will support their staff no matter what.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 4, 2014 1:49:07 PM


  6. Yawn. Vikings will "investigate". They will say they found no evidence of wrongdoing by their business & this will all be forgotten. They will support their staff no matter what.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 4, 2014 1:49:11 PM


  7. Yawn. Vikings will "investigate". They will say they found no evidence of wrongdoing by their business & this will all be forgotten. They will support their staff no matter what.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 4, 2014 1:49:16 PM


  8. Yawn. Vikings will "investigate". They will say they found no evidence of wrongdoing by their business & this will all be forgotten. They will support their staff no matter what.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 4, 2014 1:49:22 PM


  9. Yawn. Vikings will "investigate". They will say they found no evidence of wrongdoing by their business & this will all be forgotten. They will support their staff no matter what.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 4, 2014 1:49:27 PM


  10. The statement by the Vikings after Kluwe's article was published:

    " Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality."

    The owners are supportive but does the support permeate to the coaching staff, support staff and team members?

    Posted by: bkmn | Jan 4, 2014 2:12:37 PM


  11. @Mike

    By that logic, Rosa Parks was just being another "uppity N*****" when she refused to move to the back of the bus. At a certain point you have to stop caring about "appearances" and "optics" and care more about actual rights. Sorry if that makes some gay people uncomfortable, or seems to give our opponents fresh ammo, but the truth is that this is a battle, just as it was for blacks and women. And women are still paid less than men and have their reproductive rights trampled despite decades of work. It seems to me that the only gay people that care how stuff looks are the ones that are in a comfortable place themselves and they just don't care about other LGBT folks getting their rights abused.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jan 4, 2014 2:12:52 PM


  12. tldr:

    Dear Vikings Owner,

    Because Minnesotans gave the Vikings a half billion dollars for its new stadium, it is incumbent upon your organization to uphold the same values for fairness, tolerance, and equality that we hold dear in our state.

    Sincerely,
    State Senator

    Cc:
    The Governor
    Chair-Minnesota Sports Facility Authority
    Commissioner-Minnesota Department of Human Rights

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 4, 2014 2:27:32 PM


  13. Maybe it's just me, but I don't like govt officials, of any political leaning, suggesting investigations into people's speech. It's not his place.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 4, 2014 4:16:37 PM


  14. @BobN, I agree about officials threatening to punish speech, but I think he's on them about possible discriminatory or retaliatory employment practices, not speech. The Vikings are an employer that benefits from public funding. Dibble implies that the state can spend its money elsewhere if the Vikings discriminate or foster a hostile work environment. The Vikings aren't _entitled_ to a publicly funded venue.

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 4, 2014 5:13:25 PM


  15. Mike, You don't know what you're talking about.

    "Kluwe signed with the Oakland Raiders on May 15, 2013, less than 2 weeks after being released by the Vikings."

    Posted by: Quoter | Jan 5, 2014 4:34:11 AM


  16. "@BobN, I agree about officials threatening to punish speech, but I think he's on them about possible discriminatory or retaliatory employment practices, not speech."

    Discrimination based on political positions is not illegal. And even if there is govt entanglement with the business (why sports teams that earn billions require public funding is beyond me), it's no reason to cross the line of threatening censorship. He could express dismay. He could express disappointment. He could express concern. He shouldn't threaten. It's illegal. Besides, the right-wing will eat it up with a spoon.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 5, 2014 8:45:52 AM


  17. Hmmm when Duck Dynasty person gets put on hold, it's a freedom of speech issue. Where is Sarah Palin now? Where's Fox news talking about how the Vikings took away Chris Kluwe's rights.....

    Posted by: Christopher | Jan 5, 2014 9:36:50 AM


  18. @BobN, what censorship? I've read the letter three or four times and I don't see any threat of censorship.

    Also, no one is saying the Vikings acted illegally. Only that their actions--even if not illegal--could jeopardize pubic expenditures that mainly benefit the Vikings.

    Incidentally, MN anti-discrimination law covers sexual orientation (http://mn.gov/mdhr/yourrights/employment.html). Fostering a work environment that is more hostile to gays than straights--for instance by telling your employees that gays should be exterminated, and firing gay rights activists--may in fact be an illegal business practice.

    Posted by: JJ | Jan 5, 2014 2:43:09 PM


  19. Let's keep in mind, the NFL is a not-for-profit corporation. It's shocking that organization that pays NO taxes can get away with discrimination of ANY kind.

    Posted by: Larry | Jan 6, 2014 7:52:42 PM


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