January 03, 2014

Now he says something

Contradicting what he had said earlier last year as noted here, former Minnesota Vikings punter and outspoken gay activist Chris Kluwe now says his special teams coach is a "bigot," and the former head coach and general manager are "cowards."

Kluwe says too he believes he was let go from the Vikes "largely because of his social activism, specifically his outspoken support of same-sex marriage." He also says he didn't say anything until now because, he notes, "I wasnít going to bring that on the team during the year."

Oh, but is this the real story? "Now that itís pretty obvious that Iím not going to get another shot in the NFL, I feel like itís a story that needs to be told.Ē In other words, "I need money (and another shot at relevance)"?

The notion that the Vikings dismissed Kluwe because of his outspokeness has already been debunked:

  • Kluwe finished 2012 ranked No. 31 among NFL punters in a statistic the Vikings value highly: punts downed inside the 20. Of Kluwe's 72 punts, 18 settled in what the league considers poor field position.
  • Kluwe set a career high with a 39.9-yard net average, but that mark still ranked in the lower half (No. 18 overall) among punters.

And the current article notes this:

The Vikings released Kluwe in May after drafting Locke in the fifth round. Kluwe was 31 years old and was scheduled to make $1.45 million. He signed with Oakland but did not make the team out of training camp. He had tryouts with several other teams but was not signed.

The only team he could make was the lowly Raiders, and even they ended up not signing him?

Kluwe says he has witnesses to the [homophobic] incidents he described happening; nevetheless, numerous Vikings team members came forward on Twitter to defend the accused special teams coach. He also says he has "no idea yet" as to whether he'll take legal action (discrimination suit). Y'know, the cash thing again.

The Raiders, Chris, THE RAIDERS!!!! 'Nuff said.

(h/t to Minnesota native Carl.)

Posted by Hube at January 3, 2014 06:46 PM | TrackBack

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...and the former head coach and general manager are "cowards."

What did he say during the season again...when he was playing...when all of these folks were around and often in the same room? Oh that's right. Nothing. Yet the former head coach and GM are cowards.

Pardon my language, but what a fucking douche!

This would be like Brian Jones (RIP) stating he was kicked out of the Stones for being too fashion forward.

This dude was terrible at what he did. As you stated, no one picked him up; not even the Raiders...an organization known for picking up washed-up has beens.

Posted by: the Gooch at January 3, 2014 07:12 PM

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