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Gay ally Chris Kluwe cut from football team

The NFL punter makes the announcement on Twitter, but is hopeful about the season
NFL punter Chris Kluwe

National Football League punter, and LGBT ally, Chris Kluwe, is without a team approximately a week before the season starts.

Kluwe announced that he was cut from the Oakland Raiders.

'Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason,' he wrote on his Twitter account on 1 September. 'It was a blast.'

In addition, he congratulated fellow punter Marquette King for making the team.

'Feel like we both had a pretty strong preseason. No regrets,' Kluwe tweeted.

The American football season officially starts on 5 September. While he's not signed now, Kluwe is hopeful about the near future.

'Thank you to everyone for the well wishes. We'll see what the next couple of days bring. Other than more dead PoE characters,' he wrote referring to the online video game Path of Exile. Aside from being a football player, Kluwe is an avid gamer.

This past February Kluwe, a married straight man with two children, was honored at the Family Equality Council's awards dinner in Los Angeles.

When he played for the Minnesota Vikings, Kluwe was part of the effort to defeat the state ballot initiative that would have banned same-sex marriage.

He was propelled to greater fame when a withering profanity-laced open letter, sent to Maryland Assembly Delegate Emmett C. Burns, went viral.

He wrote it after the legislator complained to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens when linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo made public statements supporting same sex marriage.

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