Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe believes his current situation is not dissimilar to that of Tim Tebow.
The 32-year-old is without a team after being let go by the Vikings last May – and he feels that his support for same-sex marriage was a contributing factor towards his release.
Tebow has also been vocal about his strong Christian beliefs during his career, and Kluwe sees comparisons between the former Denver Broncos quarterback and himself.
“As much as we are polar opposites on the things we stand for, Tebow is the exact same way,” Kluwe told ProFootballTalk.com.
“There are backup quarterbacks in the NFL right now that Tebow is certainly better than -- he could fill a role with a team. But because he brings this other stuff with him, just like I bring my other stuff with me, teams look at it like, ‘We don't want it. We don't want players speaking out. We don't want players doing anything other than football.'"
Minnesota Vikings have strongly denied Kluwe's claims – and released a statement earlier this month confirming that they take his allegations "very seriously".
"The Minnesota Vikings were made aware of Chris Kluwe's allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter," the statement read.
"As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel. We do not tolerate discrimination at any level."