Straight talking, straight ally Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe penned one of his great op-eds for CNN in which he talks about when there will be an openly gay NFL player and about how some players might think it be “distraction” to a team. And as usual the awesome Kluwe, does not mince words and lays it all out on the line.
“Instead of looking at an openly gay player as a distraction, ask yourselves — how much better would that player play if he didn’t have to worry about hiding a core part of who he is? How many more sacks would he have, free of that pressure? How many more receptions? How many more rushing yards?
Fans, media — will an openly gay player be a distraction? Only if you make it one. Only if you insist on denying someone the freedom to live his own life on his own terms, instead of under someone else’s control. Stop worrying about who a player dates; worry about his completion percentage, or tackles for loss, or return average. I can promise you, on Sundays the only thing he’s worried about is lining up and doing his job to the best of his ability, or else he’s going to be cut (just like any of us).
Players — Those of you worried about a gay teammate checking out your ass in the shower, or hitting on you in the steam room, or bringing too much attention to the team — I have four simple words for you. Grow the f*** up.
This is our job, we are adults, so would you kindly act like one?”
Do yourself a favor and read the whole op-ed. The man is awesome.
Love me some Chris Kluwe!