Here’s hoping Minnesota governor Mark Dayton stance on Chris Kluwe being ousted from the Minnesota Vikings bodes well for the state’s legislature upcoming vote on marriage equality. Dayton has weighed in on Monday’s announcement that Chris Kluwe has been cut from the Minnesota Vikings and suggested the equality advocate‘s outspoken support for LGBT issues played a major role in the decision.
Vikings manager Rick Spielman hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with the reason, merely stating that Kluwe “contributed to many victories and we wish Chris and his family the best and thank him for his contributions to the Vikings organization.” Dayton remains skeptical.
“I just think sports officials ought to be honest about what the heck is going on, same way I think public officials should be honest about what’s going on, so that bothers me probably as much, if not more, than the actual decision,” Dayton said.
“If you’re going to check and see who’s the better kicker under the pressure of an NFL season, seems to me you at least go into the exhibition games and have them both kicking under that kind of pressure,” Dayton suggested. “If you’re to have true competition, that’s how I would think you’d resolve it in a straightforward way.”
Yet he’s pragmatic about it, adding, “But that’s their decision to make. They don’t give me political advice. I don’t give them coaching advice.”