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Punter Chris Kluwe might be out of a job with the Minnesota Vikings. Only, according to him, it may not be for the reasons you’d think.
Kluwe has been noted throughout his career for his social activism. Over the years, gay rights has been his pet topic, appearing on The Colbert Report and joining with former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to file a brief with the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.
Last season, Kluwe wore a patch on his jersey in one game declaring that punters should be inducted into football’s hall of fame. However, that drew the ire of Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer, who noted that Kluwe’s outspoken nature isn’t so entertaining to everyone.
“To me, it’s getting old,” Priefer said. “He’s got to focus on punting and holding.”
Now Kluwe is indicating that his activism may be the reason that Minnesota drafted former UCLA punter Jeff Locke to compete with Kluwe, or force the team to cut him. Immediately after the selection, true to form, Kluwe c...
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All people react differently when faced with awkward situations. Some choose to clam up or lash out, while others do their best to take it in stride.
Count Vikings punter Chris Kluwe among the latter group.
During Saturday's fifth round of the NFL draft, the Vikings chose Jeff Locke, a -- you guessed it -- punter out of UCLA.
Seeing as how teams rarely burn picks on punters...
'IT'S A SHAME'
The Vikings drafted a punter over the weekend and Chris Kluwe suspects his outspoken nature and activism may lead to him being out of a job.
Chris Kluwe had a humorous response to the Minnesota Vikings seemingly replacing him by drafting punter Jeff Locke. Kluwe really quoted the movie “Dodgeball.”
That’s a bold move Cotton. Lets see how it plays.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) April 27, 2013
The Vikings used their fifth-round pick (No. 155 overall) on Locke, another former UCLA punter. Locke was the first punter...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Chris Kluwe knows the tenuous nature of playing in the NFL, when jobs can be won or lost every week. He's had his job in question previously but has lasted eight years as the Minnesota Vikings' punter.
So, when the team unveiled new uniforms on Thursday, Kluwe praised the new look but also questioned in a tweet whether he'll ever get to wear them...
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe believes his days with the team may be numbered and said his pro gay marriage stance could be the reason he might lose his job.
On Sunday, Kluwe said he is starting to sense that rumors surrounding whether or not he will be released from the team will soon become "distractions."
"It’s a shame that in a league with players...
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told the media that punter Chris Kluwe’s off the field opinions haven’t affected his job status even they just drafted a punter. “It has nothing to do with anything Chris Kluwe is off the field,” Spielman told reporters on Saturday, after the team used a fifth-round pick to acquire UCLA punter Jeff Locke. “When we’re...
Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities doesn’t expect Vikings P Chris Kluwe to be on the team for much long.
The Vikings opted to use their fifth-round pick on UCLA punter Jeff Locke which has left Kluwe’s future status with the team in some doubt. Kluwe mentioned that he’s open to competing for the starting job with Locke, but Pelissero believes there’s at least a...
Chris Kluwe continues to forward his position as an advocate for gay rights with another Internet post even while his job is threatened. The Vikings claim there will be competition for the job, but if last year’s kicker competition is an indication, Kluwe might not make it to training camp.
“My best advice to you? Shut up.”
You said it, Coach.
While Jim Calhoun may have little-to-nothing to do with members of the Minnesota Vikings, I’d be more than happy to introduce the UConn Huskies coach to Chris Kluwe, because no one needs to “shut up” more than Kluwe these days.
While I’ll support pretty much any social activist and appreciate Kluwe’s courage to...
The Minnesota Vikings have selected UCLA punter Jeff Locke with the 155th overall selection in the fifth round.
That could spell the end of veteran Chris Kluwe's time in Minnesota. Locke was the first punter taken in the draft.
Kluwe has gained some notoriety for being outspoken on several political issues, and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer appeared to tire of the...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When the Minnesota Vikings drafted UCLA punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round of Saturday's NFL draft, many people expected Minnesota to cut one of its other punters.
The first cut wasn't the expected name.
The Vikings released T.J. Conley on Monday, one of three punters on the roster along with veteran Chris Kluwe after the team drafted Locke. Conley...
Vikings fifth-round pick Jeff Locke brings some unique qualities to the position and has met the incumbent, Chris Kluwe.
The Vikings maintain that Chris Kluwe’s off-the-field views had nothing to do with the drafting of punter Jeff Locke. Plus, GM Rick Spielman talked about his Day 3 picks.
Tonight I am going to let the show speak for itself.
History was made as the the last domino toppled when NBA veteran Jason Collins wrote, “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” in the May 6, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated.
I am one of the few broadcasters on radio or television that has dedicated shows to the topic of homosexuality in sports. I started...