Chris Kluwe & Minnesota Vikings Announce Settlement, All Proceeds Going To LGBT Charities!
Can we give former Minnesota Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe a round of applause? We're seriously proud of this guy who's proven to be a truly invaluable ally.
We reported this weekend that Kluwe and the Vikings had reached a settlement and now it's been confirmed via an announcement on Tuesday from Kluwe and the Vikings.
From MPR News:
The Vikings said Tuesday that they were making a financial contribution to "human rights and anti-hate causes" and would improve sensitivity training for team personnel. Details of the payments were not disclosed, although Kluwe's attorney, Clayton Halunen, said the contributions would go to five charities that advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians and others.
The settlement was announced in a statement released this morning by the Vikings and also by Kluwe, in an appearance at the offices of his attorney in Minneapolis.
Kluwe, who has retired from professional football, will not receive any economic compensation from the agreement. Still, he said he was mostly pleased with the agreement.
"It's one of those things where no one ever gets what they want, but the thing is we are able to do a lot of good for a lot of people," Kluwe said Tuesday. "If I really want to believe in what I say, I can't make it about me, it has to be about how we can help other people — and this allows us to do that."
"We believe the agreement is historic," Halunen said. "It's a first-of-a-kind settlement. My belief is it's a game-changing settlement."
Kluwe previously stated that he'd give any financial settlement to LGBT charities and he's proven to be a man of his word.
His LGBT advocacy may have directly impacted his career prospects and yet he chose to stand firm as an ally and still continues to do so.
Kluwe said that he's staying in shape in case any NFL teams are interested in him, but that he expects his NFL career is over. If that's because of his activism, then so be it, he said.
"You have a children's game and you have basic human rights," Kluwe said. "There's one of those that I'm always going to value more than the other — and I would hope more people would view it the same way."
We hope that his efforts will result in real change even beyond the Vikings franchise!
Give it up for Chris, guys!!