It was really only a matter of time, and that time came today, when the Minnesota Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe.
After taking P Jeff Locke in last weekend’s NFL Draft, many thought this would become Kluwe’s fate. The only reason this is really a story? Kluwe is incredibly outspoken, and popular for his stance on gay marriage rights.
Thank you to all the fans, my teammates, and the Wilf family for the past 8.5 years. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 6, 2013
For those that are going to read into this, and say that his activism led to his release, stop it. While Kluwe probably didn’t help his chances of staying on the team by voicing his opinions on several big ticket items, this move, is merely a football move.
Here’s a fact for anyone that thinks Kluwe standing up for gay marriage, is the reason he got cut – Kluwe finished 18th in league in 2012, with a net average of 39.7 yards per punt. That’s middle of the road, folks. In addition, Kluwe was scheduled to make $1.4 million this season, a salary number that will be significantly reduced once the team inks Locke.
This is a business move, nothing more. The Vikings aren’t out to sabotage Kluwe, just because he supports gay marriage.
Locke is the right man for the job, simply because he will cost less, while being able to produce the same. He’s younger, and anyone who follows Minnesota, knows that they’re building a team around youth.
I hate to see Kluwe go, because he was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining Vikings, but he really wasn’t an asset to the team anymore.
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