Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/14/13

Whether or not the Vikings released veteran punter Chris Kluwe due to his outspoken nature is a topic that continues to be debated.

To Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, the move reeks of dishonesty.

“I don’t feel good about it,” Dayton said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I mean I’m not in position to evaluate the role and their punting abilities. But it seems to me the general manager said right after the draft that they were going to have competition. Well, then he brings the one guy [Locke] in, he kicks for a weekend and that’s the competition? I mean, 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.”

Asked if he thought Kluwe was cut specifically due to his noted stance on same-sex marriage, Dayton opted for political correctness.

“I can’t say for sure,” Dayton said. “But if you’re going to check and see who’s the better kicker under the pressure of an NFL season, seems to me you at least go into the exhibition games and have them both kicking under that kind of pressure. If you’re to have true competition, that’s how I would think you’d resolve it in a straightforward way.

“But that’s their decision to make. They don’t give me political advice. I don’t give them coaching advice.”

Give Dayton credit for his expressing his opinion without venturing too far into unfamiliar territory. Politicians' comments regarding NFL matters are typically cringe-worthy; this wasn't all that bad.

The Vikings will continue to maintain that Kluwe's parting was strictly business. While that may indeed be the case, the 31-year-old should feel pretty good knowing he has supporters in high places.

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