In Chris Kluwe’s time with the Minnesota Vikings, he was a player that was known more for his activities off the field rather than on. His stances on various human rights issues have positive intentions but some of his methods in promoting his stances have rubbed some people the wrong way.
Based on Kluwe’s past behaviors, he most likely doesn’t care if people agree with his methods or not. However, he should know that not everyone will agree with his stances, including his employer. So the Vikings release of Kluwe before the start of the 2013 season should not have come to a surprise to Chris.
Kluwe was a solid punter during his time in the Minnesota and he has stated that his numbers were among the league leaders at the time of his release. However, the actual numbers tend to disagree.
In his first 4 seasons in Minnesota, Kluwe had an average league ranking of 11th in punt average and 12th in punts inside the 20. In his last two seasons as a Viking before his release, his rankings were 18th in punt average and 25th in punts inside the 20. He might want to check his own stats before he makes any more numbers based statements.
Like any other employer in the United States, the Vikings make decisions that are based on the best interest of their organization. Kluwe’s play was clearly descending and Minnesota felt they needed to move in another direction. His activism was also starting to become a distraction off the field and his decrease in play made his antics less tolerable.
Kluwe can go ahead and make statements that he was cut for his views and opinions on gay marriage. However, the Vikings are a football team and the decision to release Chris was clearly football based. If he still wanted to punt for the Vikings, he should’ve spent more time focusing on the job that feeds his family.
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