In an article Tuesday on the Advocate, it was reported that a North Dakota State College of Science football player has been kicked off team. Why? Because he kissed his boyfriend in the press box….
Jamie Kuntz recently got a concussion so had to sit out in a game against Snow College in Colorado. He decided to film the team from the press box and was joined there by his 65-year-old boyfriend. During filming, Kuntz says he got “bored” and started kissing his boyfriend. Several of his teammates saw the kiss. He had told head coach Chuck Parsons when confronted later in the day that he was in the press box with his grandfather.
Apparently when they returned home from the road game, Parsons told Kuntz he was upset what he did in his personal life, but he didn’t need to be doing that on road trips. He apologized for lying, but then was handed his walking papers, being told he was “detrimental” to the team and a distraction. Parsons said that the reason he was being dismissed was because he lied…
Kuntz has a different opinion. He says that several of his teammates who have felonies, underage drinking, etc. are still on the roster. The fact that his boyfriend is 65 doesn’t exactly help his situation, but who is anyone to judge who someone is in love with.
This dismissal comes right at the same time of gay rights discussions in professional sports. For those of you who missed it, you need to read Minnesota Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe’s open letter to a Maryland state delegate. It is worth a read. It is also NSFW, so Google the revised version.
Kuntz is currently looking for a new team to take him in and a place to call home. Hoping to one day making it to the big stage, the NFL.