Kluwe, who has become an ardent ally for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in recent months, has penned an impassioned editorial for CNN in which he says that "it's not right that we can't just accept someone for who he is."
"It's not right that professional sports, and especially the professional sports media, have created an environment where gay players are willing to hide essential components of themselves as human beings in order to pursue their dreams, in order to not be a distraction. It's not right that our insatiable lust for sports coverage creates an atmosphere where someone would willingly subordinate his life to a backward and bigoted worldview in order to stay employed."
The prospect of openly gay players in professional sports has become a matter of heated debate in recent weeks, after 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver exposed his bigotry in a public rant, saying "I don't do the gay guys, man-- I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do."