Openly-gay sportscaster Jared Max says former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe — who alleges he was released from the team for supporting same-sex marriage — is bravely standing up against homophobia in the NFL.
"This is about Chris Kluwe saying, you know what, my friends here are getting really screwed over, we're all the same [and] somebody needs to stand up for them," Max told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"As a gay guy, [I'm] well aware of the importance of allies and how important a guy like Chris Kluwe was . . . There's a need for some change."
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The Vikings claim Kluwe was released strictly based on his performance on the field.
But Kluwe has said the Vikings special teams coach made anti-gay remarks and cricticized him for his views on same-sex marriage — allegations the coach has vehemently denied.
Max, a former host on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York, noted that no Vikings teammates have yet come out to support Kluwe's claims. But he's not surprised.
"That says to me, oh, that's because they're under contract and if they go and talk, they're done. They've already seen what's happened with Kluwe," Max said.
"Kluwe has made it clear that what he wants is that nobody else goes through this. Because imagine you're a college football player who's about to get drafted by Minnesota and you're gay. Do you want to go play for the Vikings?"
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