Found June 02, 2013 on This Given Sunday:
PLAYERS: Chris Kluwe
TEAMS: Oakland Raiders
Chris Kluwe was recently invited to an LBGT event at the White House, and he declined to go, citing mandatory practice as his reason. The way he said it was what made the response classic Kluwe. Lest anyone EVER question my commitment to a team that employs me, I present exhibit A. #focus, #SOFOCUSED twitter.com/ChrisWarcraft/… — Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 31, 2013 "Dear Mr. President (or whoever reads these things, I'm sure he's probably pretty busy (hello underappreciated email answering person!). It is with great regret that I must decline your invitation to attend the Reception at the White House for LGBT Pride Month on June 13th. I would really really REALLY like to be there, but unfortunately, not even the President of the United States is allowed to supersede an NFL mandatory mini-camp practice (at least insomuchas I understand the new CBA, though I could possibly be mistaken), and as current member of the Oakland Raiders I owe it to both my teamm...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Chris Kluwe declines White House invite because of minicamp (Photo)

Chris Kluwe is the new Raiders punter, or at least one of them. (He seems to integrating into Oakland quite well, by the way.) He’s also very well-known for his steadfast and vocal support of gay rights. And that much garnered him an invite to hang out with President Barry O. at the LGBT Pride Month reception at La Casa Blanca, or, better known by it’s duller official name,...

Raiders Punter Chris Kluwe Skippping Dinner With the President-- for Practice?

Chris Kluwe has been a little quiet since being cut by the Minnesota Vikings and joining forces with the Oakland Raiders. However, never one to shy away from the press, we had to know it would be only a matter of time before he would be doing something to grab our attention once again. Like decline an invitation from the President of the United States for dinner--in order to go...

Chris Kluwe declines White House invitation in favor of Oakland Raiders camp

Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe saw his time with the Minnesota Vikings end amid a bit of controversy earlier this offseason. Simply put, there are a number of people who feel Kluwe would still be a Viking if he was not so outspoken when it comes to equal rights. Last week, Kluwe made a loud [...]

My Two Cents: Oakland Raiders; Rebuilding Or Reloading?

What up RaiderNation? Welcome to this week’s edition of My Two Cents, with your favorite old geezer Raider fan, Old Timer. Today we will discuss a topic that has been bantered about for a while now. A lot of people feel the Raiders are in full rebuilding mode right now. Yet the organization is careful not to use the term [...]

Nick Roach has been the quarterback of the Raiders defense

According to the Contra Costa Times, linebacker Nick Roach has been the quarterback of the Raiders defense during OTA’s. “Nick’s highly intelligent and he’s athletic,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. “He’s done a nice job of kind of being the quarterback of our defense. He’s kind of taken on that role and really has a passion about leading that team. With his...

Matt McGloin pushing Oakland Raiders quarterbacks on depth chart?

Matt McGloin signed with the Oakland Raiders last month as an undrafted free agent, and the former Penn State quarterback reportedly was impressive in organized team activities. Appearing on ESPN’s “NFL 32″ on Monday, Chris Mortensen said McGloin impressed during the OTAs. “He’s actually made a huge impression in the first two weeks of OTAs, [...]

Raiders hope Roach is the man in the middle

Nick Roach lined up at middle linebacker, barked out a coverage adjustment, then quickly shifted behind the left side of the defensive line before bursting through to pressure Oakland rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson. After three years of getting little production out of the position, the Raiders think they've found a remedy in the 27-year-old veteran defender. Almost as impressive...

D.J. Hayden on pace to be ready for training camp

According to Contra Costa Times, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said that rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden is on pace to be ready for training camp after undergoing abdominal surgery. Allen said Hayden is on track to rejoin his teammates at practice at the start of training camp. Hayden underwent surgery late last month to remove some scar tissue in his abdominal region   “Everything...

Tweet of the Day: Richard Seymour to Atlanta Falcons update

The stage has reportedly been set for Richard Seymour to join the Atlanta Falcons for a month now.  The move has not happened and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is suggesting that all parties are in a wait and see mode. Please click here to read this story. The post Tweet of the Day: No word on Richard Seymour to Atlanta Falcons appeared first on Players View.

Colin Kaepernick came close to being the Raiders golden child

Former Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson played the game What If with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. Jackson spoke with King about the 2011 NFL draft in which the San Francisco 49ers traded up to pick  quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “I think about it all the time, believe me,” Jackson told King on Sunday.”No question in my mind we wanted it to happen, and no question I...

Chris Kluwe Forced To Choose Football Over Partying With The Gays

As a recognition of his ongoing efforts to be a friend of the gays, Chris Kluwe was invited to the White House next Thursday for an event marking LGBT Pride Month. Quite an honor. Problem is, said event coincides with the Raiders mandatory minicamp. Since Kluwe probably already lost one punting job on account of his gay rights advocacy, it’s best for the future of his football...

Reggie McKenzie’s job on line in 2013?

Peter King of SI.com made it clear in his weekly Monday Morning Column that he believes Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is on the hot seat for the upcoming season. Let’s, for a second, gloss over the fact that the Raiders’ weekend firing of director of media relations Zak Gilbert is the kind of knee-jerk Steinbrennerian move that Mark Davis’ father, Al, might have made...

Raiders Take a Page from Seattle Seahawks Playbook by Acquiring Matt Flynn

In Hollywood timing is everything. If a movie is Oscar worthy, the release date should be late in the year so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle and the Academy doesn’t forget about it. The same can be said for the NFL.  If you’re a backup quarterback heading into free agency, do yourself a favor and break franchise records in passing yards and touchdowns during the last...

Matt Flynn: Raiders Piggy Back Off Of Seattle Seahawks 2012 Move

In Hollywood timing is everything. If a movie is Oscar worthy, the release date should be late in the year so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle and the Academy doesn’t forget about it. The same can be said for the NFL.  If you’re a backup quarterback heading into free agency, do yourself a favor and break franchise records in passing yards and touchdowns during the last...
Raiders News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.