Release Vikings' complete discrimination investigation report to the public
  • Petitioned Zygi Wilf

This petition was delivered to:

Minnesota Vikings Principal Owner
Zygi Wilf

Release Vikings' complete discrimination investigation report to the public

    1. Chris Kluwe
    2. Petition by

      Chris Kluwe

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August 2014

Victory

We did it! Thanks to your support, we recently agreed to a game-changing settlement with the Minnesota Vikings following its discrimination investigation. The Vikings will be making substantial financial contributions to five LGBT charities during the next five years. The team will also enhance its existing sensitivity training for staff and players and work to build more awareness of LGBT issues in football and sports at large.

During our negotiations, the Vikings were very much aware of this petition and concerned about the resulting negative attention. We decided that it was not in our best interest -- or the public’s interest -- to force the team to release the entire investigation report publicly due to privacy concerns. Although we didn’t achieve the original petition ask, that’s OK because your support played a key role in moving us toward victory with the settlement. So today, we are all winners.

Thank you so much for being part of this major victory. I want to be clear -- this is and never was about me. It was about us, together, making a powerful statement that homophobia will not be tolerated by sports organizations and members of that community. My hope is that we will continue to see progress on these issues in the NFL and the American sports community. And I hope you will remain steadfast in your work to support these efforts. Thank you again!

My name is Chris Kluwe, and I was a punter for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings for eight years. During this time, I was so fortunate to have a unique platform to advocate for something that I am passionate about: advancing gay rights in the United States. I was - and continue to be - vocal in my support of the LGBT community, but not everyone agrees with my stance.

And that’s OK. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my views. But what I do expect is respect and fairness. Sadly, a few of my superiors at the Vikings did not share that perspective.

I believe my public support for LGBT rights cost me my job. The organization said it has investigated this claim, but it hasn’t publicly released the full investigation report yet, which it had promised to do. That's why I'm asking you to sign this petition, and urge the Vikings to make the entire investigation findings public.

During the 2012 NFL season, I faced discriminatory remarks from my coach. He often made homophobic and offensive remarks that were completely disrespectful to me and the LGBT community. Other team leaders looked the other way. Despite these challenges, I focused on being a great punter for the team, and my season’s performance was largely consistent with my career averages, which remain the best in Vikings’ history.

In May 2013, however, the team’s management supposedly wanted to explore other options so I was released. But I don’t buy that argument. I believe that I was fired from my job because of discrimination. I made a public announcement of these claims in January, and the Vikings initiated an independent investigation into my claims.

Now that the six-month investigation is complete, the team does not want to make the complete findings public. Why? Is the organization hiding something? I believe the Vikings should be fully transparent so that the Minneapolis community, Vikings fans and the nation can hold the team accountable for what happened here.

Please sign this petition so that we can tell the team and the world that permitting this kind of behavior is unacceptable. We won’t stand for workplace discrimination and homophobia. And if we are successful together, I will donate any and all settlement gains to LGBT organizations so that they can continue gay rights awareness, education and activism.

 

To:
Zygi Wilf, Minnesota Vikings Principal Owner
Please stand against workplace discrimination and stand for LGBT rights by releasing the complete results of your organization's recent discrimination investigation to the public.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 75,000 signatures
    2. Thanks, and let's keep it going!

      Chris Kluwe
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank everyone for their support of my petition so far! In just more than one week, we have gained over 36,000 signatures, which is awesome. We have held off from filing a lawsuit - for now - as our conversations are continuing with the team to discuss a possible settlement and the release of the full report. Please continue to share this petition via social media and encourage your friends and family members to sign it so we can urge the Vikings to do the right thing here!

      Here's a sample tweet that you can share to spread the word: I signed @ChrisWarcraft's petition to urge the @Vikings to release a full investigation report. Now it's your turn: www.change.org/standwithkluwe.

      Thanks again for your support! I'll keep you posted as things develop.

      -Chris

    3. Reached 35,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • David Nolan BULLHEAD CITY, AZ
      • about 1 month ago

      Please release your internal investigation report. This man has a right to know if he was victim of discrimination. In 5 to 10 years this will no longer be an issue, as more and more professional athletes are coming forward about their life styles,

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    • Ruth Preston SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      The reason it is important to me is because I believe society should accept people for who they are based on their personality, their compassion and for the person they are within not what everyone physically see's'; but for the person each person is that they mask just to gain acceptance from peers and strangers.

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    • Heather Cozzens OAKLAND, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      There is no room for discrimination in today's society.

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    • Dora Hetrick LANSING, MI
      • about 1 month ago

      The macho philosophy shown in this action was low brow and ridiculous. I don't respect this line of thinking.

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    • Ahna Khatami ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 1 month ago

      You are brave to stand up to the ignorance that our culture seems to thrive on. This is an issue that should concern everyone. When there is injustice for one, it is injustice for us all. Keep up the god work!

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