If you’re tired of the same old bland quotes from athletes, you need to start following Chris Kluwe on Twitter. I’ll be the first to admit that the dude is a little out there, but he’s very intelligent and his arguments are well thought out. He of course attracted nationwide attention in 2012, when he stood up to two politicians who were against gay marriage by writing one a pointed letter and challenging the other to a debate.
Kluwe recently gave his thoughts on another topic that that doesn’t get anywhere near the headlines that gay marriage does, but it’s a topic much more relevant to his job – the corporatization of the NFL.
“You have this broad, overarching sport that you want to appeal to as many people as possible that you can’t risk offending anyone because that may be lost sales. But my thing is, if you don’t stand for something, eventually society will continue to swirl down the drain and you’ll get to a point where there won’t be anymore sports because everyone is hitting each other with sticks trying to get food and water.”
Kluwe went to an extreme in his comments, but there’s nothing untrue about what he said in regards to NFL players not wanting to offend anyone. Forget just representing their teams, many players are their own brands now and they simply can’t ‘afford’ to just say what’s on their minds. I use the word ‘afford’ sarcastically, because it all really boils down to greed and how much money these teams and players can make.
The outspoken punter isn’t concerned with what people think when he speaks out for gay marriage. He’s just doing what he believes is right, which is fighting for equality. The majority of athletes are afraid to take a stance like that because they don’t want to deal with the financial ramifications – that’s reality. Of course giving generic, corporate friendly responses is the best thing for business, but that’s the issue that Kluwe wants everybody to be aware of.
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