MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A well-known Minnesota athlete was in the national spotlight Tuesday night.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe appeared on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. Among many topics discussed was the Vikings loss to the Packers Saturday night in the NFC Playoffs. Colbert poked a little fun at Kluwe since he was on the field frequently, which isn’t a good thing for the Vikings.

“Minnesota, you guys this past weekend played Green Bay in what some have called the Cholesterol Bowl. You, no offense, lost,” Colbert said.

“In my defense, I played well. But unfortunately when I play well my team does not. When I go out there I do it in a good way so we’re not hurt too badly,” Kluwe said.

All joking aside, that wasn’t the reason Kluwe made an appearance on Comedy Central. The Vikings punter made national headlines this year for his firm stance supporting gay marriage in Minnesota. He helped to be a vocal leader in the “Vote No” campaign to recognize marriage as a union only between one man and one woman. The measure did not pass in the November 2012 elections.

Kluwe even wrote a letter after a Maryland politician criticized a Baltimore Ravens player who also supports same sex marriage.

“The reason I wrote the letter is as an elected official he doesn’t have the ability to stifle a man’s free speech. It’s not what this country is about,” Kluwe said. “It segued into gay marriage because I believe people should be treated like everybody else.”

Kluwe also spoke out on the issue of violent crime, and said there should be more gun control.


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