As we all know by now, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe feels the team released him for his views on marriage equality, calling certain people within the organization cowards and bigots.
During an appearance on Olbermann Thursday, Kluwe compared his NFL plight to that of quarterback Tim Tebow, writes Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com.
“As much as we are polar opposites on the things we stand for, Tebow is the exact same way,” Kluwe said (via ProFootballTalk.com). “There are backup quarterbacks in the NFL right now that Tebow is certainly better than — he could fill a role with a team. But because he brings this other stuff with him, just like I bring my other stuff with me, teams look at it like, ‘We don’t want it. We don’t want players speaking out. We don’t want players doing anything other than football.’”
So according to Kluwe, he and Tebow were dropped due to their beliefs, not their performance, and it doesn’t look he’ll be changing his stance any time soon.
“I think anyone speaking up about anything, the NFL is kind of like, ‘You might alienate a portion of our market, so don’t do that. Just be football. Just be football,’” he said.