Posted May 08, 2013

Minnesota governor questions Vikings’ release of Chris Kluwe

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Chris Kluwe attended the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in March. (Nelson Barnard/Getty Images)

Chris Kluwe attended the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in March. (Nelson Barnard/Getty Images)

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has been busy trying to secure funding for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, hinting at a secret plan that does not make the Vikings or the public pay more.

He also offered his opinion on the release of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Dayton said Kluwe should have been given the opportunity to compete for his punting job and says the Vikings were not completely honest in divulging their reasons for his release.

Kluwe has been one of the NFL’s most outspoken voices on Twitter, particularly regarding LGBT rights. Some have speculated that Kluwe’s release was tied to his activism. The Vikings and general manager Rick Spielman have maintained the cut was strictly based on football factors and done early to give Kluwe time to catch on with another team. Kluwe said the Vikings had supported his activism in the past. Dayton was not buying it.

From 1500espn.com:

“Yeah, I don’t feel good about it,” said Dayton when asked about the Minnesota Vikings decision to release outspoken punter Chris Kluwe.

“I’m not in a position to evaluate the relative punting abilities, but it seems to me the general manager said, right after the draft, they were going to have competition,” Dayton recalled. “Well, they bring the one guy in, he kicks for a weekend and that’s competition?

“I just think sports officials ought to be honest about what the heck is going on, same way I think public officials should be honest about what’s going on, so that bothers me probably as much, if not more, than the actual decision,” Dayton said.


24 comments
Jeff63
Jeff63

MInd your business, d-bag

mcgriddle
mcgriddle

As far as stats go, statistics for punters aren't the fairest. It has been reported (believe it or don't) that the ST coach asked Kluwe to add hang time to his punts, which he supposedly did--which would explain lower net averages/poorer overall statistics. The results might not have been what the coach desired, but that doesn't all fall on Kluwe then. This has nothing to do with his being cut, the punter Minnesota drafted was supposedly the best one in the draft--the other stuff we probably won't know about for a long time if ever, because Kluwe is too classy to sling mud--and perhaps PERHAPS this is just football as normal and has nothing to do with LGBT rights--though shame on anyone for thinking less of Kluwe for his personal views that are really none of your business, even if he is vocal about them in his personal life (and yes I know personal and professional lives blur together sometimes, that is just something we all have to learn and deal with)

Tom52
Tom52

Mark Dayton is an idiot. He was a terrible representative for Mn in Washington as well. The libtards of Mn voted him in because he had a D next to his name not because he is worth a crap.

Jean
Jean

Not hiring blacks and firing gays seems to be the new media obsession.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

How many people decrying the release of Kluwe as some type of crime against humanity and a violation of the first amendment are strangely silent, maybe even happy about Tim Tebow's unemployment?  If avoiding distraction and a media circus is acceptable by NFL teams in one case, why not the other side of the political spectrum?  It's oh so convenient for an opportunist politician to bandwagon a trumped up non-issue to pander to his base.  When tunnel-visioned zealots view the world through their own highly subjective prism, everything magically is rooted in their particular cause.   In Kluwe's case, middling-to-poor stats amongst his peers, higher-than-average salary by position, injuries and being 31 years old in a young man's game have nothing to do with the decision by the Vikings.  It is all about, and only about his LGBT-friendly attitude.

Mark Stephens
Mark Stephens

I guess you know you don't want your teenage boys staying with azz hound governor.  

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

The Gov has an option.  Quit politics and raise capital and buy a team and hire Kluwe.  If Kluwe worked in the Gov's office he'd be fired as well for going to the press all the time as well, regardless of the subject matter. 

Frotoon
Frotoon

See? It's already begun. If a player is LGBT-friendly and loses his position, a certain segment of the population will scream it was due to discrimination, and the sportswriters will write about it. And there isn't even an openly gay player yet. The Gov is just making matters worse, not better.

T-Riles88
T-Riles88

If Kluwe wasn't an outspoken advocate, and the Vikings did the same thing in the same manner, would there be any questions or outcry?  No, just like there wasn't any last year when they did the same thing in the same way to Longwell.  The Vikes mentioned competition in that case as well. 

 

The Vikings found a younger player at the fraction of the cost who is capable of doing the same job as well or better.  Welcome to the realities of the job market Mr. Dayton.

 

Oh, and there's this part about Kluwe not listening to his bosses when it came to performing his job. (Like, kicking it at certain people when told to kick it away from them.) Something that usually gets any employee fired regardless of their social views, political affiliations or religious beliefs. 

JAMES B1
JAMES B1

Sports are a distraction to life. Politics are a necessary reality. Never the twain shall meet. When politicians, either liberal or conservative start putting their opinions on sports, bad things will happen. You do your job, let the Vikes gm do his. P.S. The Vikes punter sucked. AND he had a big mouth. Punters should be seen and not heard. Kinda like politicians. Also, the Vikes saved about $1 million in cap space. (Economics. Something politicians know nothing about.)

youngz101
youngz101

Funny, you didn't have anything to stay last season when Longwell was released following the exact same series of events. Could it be that you only care because Kluwe is a fellow Democrat? Do us all a favor and stay out of football related issues. Just go back to running your state into the ground.

larrybradford
larrybradford

Hey Guv, just so you know, football isn't politics. So crawl back into your political hole and shut up.....

Jean
Jean

Guv nobody cares whut you tinks.

mcgriddle
mcgriddle

 @IdDoHannahStorm I'm pretty sure Tebow hit media saturation before he was even an NFL player, the Kluwe thing is striking a chord because Minnesota is fighting to approve same-sex marriage--it's an ahem, marriage, if you will, of two media stories that just happened to occur at the same time. The same-sex marriage debate is what one might call "real news", and the Kluwe storyline ties in with this real news. If he played in a state with no news story that could be related his politics then this would just be another article, but because the issue is highly charged and he is tied to it then one should expect media attention of this sort. The Governor might not have a real interest in Kluwe's job, but he does have an interest in the political goings on of the state which Kluwe is tied to. I am not arguing any specific point here, in fact we probably agree on a majority of the talking points in this article.

jojomogir
jojomogir

 @GoPSULions When the team is asking for money from the state for the stadium, then THEY are the ones who are wading into political waters, and THEY have to deal with the ramifications of their actions if they have a political impact to them.  So the Vikings can do what they want, but they need to realize they are going to get criticized for it.  If they and you don't like it, too bad.

mcgriddle
mcgriddle

 @JAMES B1 Punters have just as much a right to an opinion as a QB or star DB. You might think that no player should have a (public) opinion, but those days are long gone with things like twitter and facebook. Get used to hearing these opinions and getting the controversial ones shoved down your throat because that is what the media does--they choose who to give credence to (not collectively obviously) and you either watch/listen to them, or you don't [or you do and complain on the internet ;)]

TS
TS

 @JAMES B1 Economics! You nailed it James! Politicians always forget about that part. Wished the state could cut unproductive AND OVERPAID politicians.

jojomogir
jojomogir

 @larrybradford Gouging the taxpayers for hundreds of millions in welfare for a stadium you should pay for yourself IS politics, so why don't you crawl into that hole yourself

mcgriddle
mcgriddle

 @Jean I hope this was written as a joke. How are they teaching people to spell up there?

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

 @jojomogir So I guess by your definition everyone that files taxes falls into that category, since we all claim deductions.  Sorry, the Gov isn't speaking up because there were taxpayers' $ in the stadium, but because he wants the publicity.

seelbinder99
seelbinder99

 @jojomogir ok, so let me get this straight, your taxes went up because of the vikings gouging you? how much did they go up, by the way? and how much compensation would the state need to recover, if the vikings had left? seems like alot of taxable income, as well as, profits get made here because of them vikings. and could you imagine the cut our state would get if we host a SB! seems to me you are either trolling for a argument, ignorant to the actual situation, not a football fan, a liberal issue pusher, or all of the above. this stadium deal was a win win for everyone, and the wilf's put in more of their own money than any of the last new stadium owners have. just sayin, a few cents extra in taxes to keep em, or a few dollars more to lose em...

sminma5150
sminma5150

 @jojomogir  If the state doesn't want to give the Vikings the money or whatever they are asking for, then they dont have to.  I'm sure the team could find a new state to move to that will help them out with a new stadium.  That is the price of having a sports team in your state is that they will want these things done in order to bring in the money they do to the state.  So there is no gouging going on here.  It's you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.