On Thursday, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe penned an article which alleges that he was released from the team partly due to his outspoken support on gay rights. He also called two members of the team "cowards" and another a "bigot."
Hours later, the Vikings had released a written statement in response to Kluwe's allegations, which they pledge to undergo a thorough investigation.
Here is a look at that statement:
The Minnesota Vikings were made aware of Chris Kluwe’s allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.
As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel. We do not tolerate discrimination at any level. The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality. Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.
Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy. Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.
We will have further comment at the appropriate time.
You may notice that the statement says the Vikings will review the matter at the beginning portion, but pretty much goes on to adamantly refute Kluwe's claims in the body and closing portion.