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Chris Kluwe believes being a human rights activist could get him cut

Chris KluweOver the past several years, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has been one of the most outspoken players in sports when it come to advocating for gay rights. Last year, he wrote an enthusiastic letter to a politician who was against gay marriage. He has also discussed gay players in the NFL on prominent shows such as “The Colbert Report.”

Now, Kluwe is wondering if the attention he has brought to the issue of gay players in the NFL could lead to his release.

“It’s a shame that in a league with players given multiple second chances after arrests, including felony arrests, that speaking out on human rights has a chance of getting you cut,” he reportedly wrote in a text message to Pro Football Talk.

The Vikings used a fifth-round pick on former UCLA punter Jeff Locke over the weekend, so it seems like Kluwe’s days with the team are numbered. He even alluded to the fact that he could be cut when he tweeted this picture after Locke was taken by Minnesota.

It should be noted that Kluwe is outspoken about more than just human rights. Last season, he wore this patch on his shirt before a game to make a point about punters being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Shortly thereafter, Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said some of the distractions Kluwe brings to the team are getting old. In many ways, the writing was already on the wall. Minnesota’s decision to draft a punter confirms what we and Kluwe already suspected.


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  • Flash

    Maybe he should look at how his punting performance has declined. He used to be one of the best in the league at pinning teams behind the 10. Not anymore. And your team should dislike you when you cover up a patch you are wearing to honor someone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.pursersr Alan Purser Sr

    if you want a job; keep your mouth shut

  • funisnumberone

    He’s not being cut. He’s being told to compete for his job, just like 90% of the other players in the league. Shut up and punt, and you’ll be fine. He’s just going to use this as an excuse if he gets beaten out for his plea on the team.

  • Billy Schwandt

    They did not take a punter in the 5th round to cut!!! Goodbye Mouth!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1215484489 Hitt Mann

    Perhaps Kluwe should have kept his big, obnoxious mouth shut?
    perhaps…

  • gavinwca

    When is Kluwe going to come out,

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    The big question is if another team picks him up. Then we’ll know talent is the supreme factor.