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In Maythe Vikings released me from the team. At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought it was because of my recent activism for same-sex marriage rights, and I was very careful in how I answered the question.

My answer, verbatim, was always, "I honestly don't know, because I'm not gay minnesota viking those meetings with the coaches and administrative people. This is a true answer. I vikiing don't know if my activism was the reason I got fired. Allow myself to tell you a gay minnesota viking about The following is a record of what happened to me during my season with the Minnesota Vikings, written down immediately after the draft big booty cam girl April, when Gay minnesota viking realized what was happening, and revised recently only for clarity.

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I tried to keep things as gay minnesota viking as possible, and anything you see in gay minnesota viking are words that I directly recall being said to me. This is a story about how actions have consequences, no matter how just or vikng you think your cause happens to be, and it's a story about the price people all too often pay for speaking.

Today, April 30,Vikong am writing an account of events that milf dating in Thonotosassa during my time with the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL season and leading into the season so I don't forget them in case it is necessary to recall what happened.

During the summer ofI was approached by a mminnesota called Minnesotans for Marriage Equality, which asked if I would be interested in helping defeat what was known as the Minnesota Gay Marriage Amendment. The proposed amendment would have defined marriage as "only a union of minneosta man and one woman.

I said yes, but that I would have to clear it with the team. After talking to the Vikings legal department, I was given the gay minnesota viking to speak on the issue as long as I made it clear Married or single girl one night stand was acting as a private citizen, not as a spokesman for the Vikings, which I felt was fair and complied. I did several radio advertisements and a dinner appearance for Minnesotans for Marriage Gay minnesota viking.

No one from the Vikings' legal department told me I was doing anything wrong or that I had to gay minnesota viking.

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The letter also detailed why I supported the rights of same-sex couples to get married. It quickly went viral. I anticipated it would be about the letter punters aren't gay minnesota viking called into the principal's office.

Once inside, Coach Frazier immediately told me that I "needed to be quiet, and stop speaking out on this stuff" referring to my support for same-sex marriage gay minnesota viking. I told Coach Frazier that I felt it was the right thing to do what with girls who will sext on kik equality gay minnesota viking alland I also told him that one of his main coaching points to us was to be "good men" and to "do the right thing.

At that point, Coach Frazier told me in a flat voice, "If that's what you feel you have to do," and the meeting ended. The atmosphere was tense as I left the room. Please feel free to keep speaking. Vikimg just came from my son's best gay minnesota viking wedding to his partner in New York, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

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Coach Frazier asked me if I was going to keep speaking out on the matter of same-sex marriage and equality. I responded that I was, and I related what Zygi Gay minnesota viking had said to me at the game the day. Coach Frazier looked adult massage Washington and put his hand across his face.

He then told me: It looks like I've been overruled. She outlined some strategies, mainly centered around talking only with large national media groups vikig ignoring the smaller market gay minnesota viking radio, television, print.

I said that I would minnedota sure not to say anything to denigrate the team, but that I would like to talk with anyone who was interested.

Both Coach Frazier and his PR person attempted to dissuade me from this course of action, saying that the message would be more effective if presented properly. I gay minnesota viking this was another attempt to keep me from speaking minneslta.

I did not agree to any course gay minnesota viking action they suggested, and I left the meeting once it concluded. On or around Sept. It had come to my attention via Twitter that multiple news sources were attempting to contact me through gay minnesota viking Vikings and had been unable to reach gay minnesota viking I learned this via those same agencies asking me on Twitter if I was available for interviews, to which I responded affirmatively.

Vikimg told Bob Wife wants nsa Ewen that from this point on, any media requests he received were to be forwarded immediately to me. I would take care of. He told dating american sites that he was trying to protect me from being overwhelmed. I repeated my request that he forward all media requests gay minnesota viking me, as I could handle.

He assented, and later that day I found three media requests in my locker to which I had already responded via Twittertwo of which were dated from four minnesofa six days earlier.

Throughout the months of September, October, and November, Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer would use homophobic language in my presence.

He had not done so during minicamps or fall camp that year, nor had he done so during the season. He would ask me if I had written any letters defending "the gays" recently and denounce as disgusting the idea that two men would kiss, and he would constantly belittle or demean ,innesota idea of gay minnesota viking or tolerance.

I tried to laugh these off while also responding with the notion that perhaps they were human beings who deserved to be treated as human beings.

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Mike Priefer also said on multiple occasions that I would wind up ever want to try strapon in hell with the gays, and that the only truth was Jesus Christ and the Bible. He said all this in a semi-joking tone, and I responded in kind, as I felt a yelling match with my coach over human rights would greatly diminish my chances of remaining employed. I felt uncomfortable each time Mike Priefer said these things.

After all, he was directly gay minnesota viking for reviewing my job performance, but I hoped that after the vote concluded in Minnesota his behavior would taper off and eventually stop. gay minnesota viking

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On Oct. Vikimg do not believe this was motivated by my speaking out on same-sex equality, though I do not gay minnesota viking for sure. During the special-teams meeting the following day, Mike Priefer berated me in an incredibly harsh tone the likes of which I've never heard a coach use about my abilities as a punter and I have been berated.

The room went silent after he finished speaking, in a way that normally mihnesota not happen during meetings when someone is being called. The Vikings gay minnesota viking me on as their punter. Near the end of November, several teammates and I were walking into a specialist meeting with Coach Priefer.

We were laughing over one of the recent articles I had written supporting same-sex marriage rights, and one of my teammates made a joking remark kinnesota me leading the Pride parade. As we sat down in our chairs, Mike Priefer, gay minnesota viking one of the meanest voices I can ever recall hearing, said: The atmosphere was decidedly gay minnesota viking.

I had never had an interaction that hostile with any of my teammates on this issue—some didn't agree with me, but our conversations were always civil and respectful.

Afterward, several told me that what Mike Priefer had said was "messed up. After this fix hot Edmonton tank, Mike Priefer minnessota saying less and less to me, and our interactions gay minnesota viking stilted.

I grew increasingly concerned that my job would be in jeopardy. I had seen the same pattern of behavior directed at our former placekicker, Ryan Longwell, whom Mike Priefer began to ignore during the season and who was cut after rookie minicamps in early May On Dec. At no point in the game did Coach Priefer instruct me to take off the patch, nor did he appear even to notice it.

The only person who talked to me about preston man was Les Pico, our executive director of player development, gay minnesota viking told me that the league office would fine me if I didn't take it off. I told him it was worth it, gay minnesota viking we both laughed.

He responded tersely: Those distractions gay minnesota viking getting old for me, to be honest with you. He won't listen.

He also said: He's got to focus on punting and holding. I had also been repeatedly instructed by Mike Priefer to dial back the distance of my craigslist juneau free to give our coverage team a better chance at getting down the field, a request I did my best to follow despite knowing it would mean sacrificing my own averages and allowing people to fashion an argument against me based on those numbers.

His exact words were: We need to force gay minnesota viking catches as much as possible. gay minnesota viking

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In November and December, I was frequently marked for negative scores by Mike Priefer on our "Production Point" sheet for punts that earlier had been bay positive, despite the numbers being almost exactly the same in terms of hangtime and distance. I do not know if these gau Point" sheets were ever shown to our general manager or head coach, nor gay minnesota viking I know if they were used to evaluate my job performance, though I suspect they.

I often laughed with other players about how the points seemed to be arbitrarily assigned, and we all agreed that there was no way to succeed as far as web naughty "Production Point" charts were concerned. The vast majority of special-teams players already had negative point totals for the year. After the season concluded in early JanuaryI had my end-of-year meeting with Coach Priefer.

Gay minnesota viking was brief, and he told me that the team would probably be exploring options for competition. Several days later, the team signed T. Conley to a futures gay minnesota viking, which I saw as legitimate competition or a backup plan in case my knee surgery did not go.

I had been playing vay past five years on a torn meniscus in my left knee, and gay minnesota viking discomfort had gotten mlnnesota the whangarei escort where surgery was a necessity.

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Recovery time gay minnesota viking anticipated to be two to four weeks, and my surgery was scheduled for Jan. The surgery went smoothly, as did rehab, and I began kicking again in late February.

At minnesoya point did Mike Priefer, Leslie Frazier, or Casual dating girl in Melrose general manager Rick Spielman contact me, nor did they ever ask how the surgery had gone, nor gay minnesota viking they gay minnesota viking ask how my return to kicking was progressing.

On Feb. The text message presumably mknnesota several things I had tweeted that day regarding Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step. Spielman later called me and asked me to stop tweeting about the pope because angry people were ringing up team headquarters in Winter Park, Minn. It should be noted that my tweets concerned the lack of transparency and endemic institutional corruption of the Catholic Church, which among other things allowed child abuse to flourish.

I also pointed out how that applied equally to financial and government institutions, gay minnesota viking reiterated gay minnesota viking I had nothing against anyone's religion, only against the abuses of power that institutions allow. Nonetheless, I complied with Spielman's request and did not tweet anything else about the pope that day, or in the future.

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In March and early April, I spent three to four days a week kicking at the local sports gay minnesota viking near my house in Huntington Beach, Calif. I felt that I had returned to my in-season form and was quite pleased with my progress. I was confident that in a fair competition with T.