The lockout will soon come to an end, but not without one last burst of acrimony it appears. This time the ill-feelings are being directed at players by other players, most prominently (so far) Chris Kluwe, who on Twitter this afternoon took issue with what he peceives as the selfishness of several of his colleagues.
The Kluwe rage was unleashed after it was learned that at least four of the players named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit that lies at the heart of the lockout are looking to cut deals in exchange for settling, a tactic that could conceivably delay the whole settlement. Earlier Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson reportedly asked to either be made unrestricted free agents or receive $10 million payments, and now Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are asking for lifetime franchise tag exemptions. Effectively, these players are holding the process hostage in the name of their own self-interest.
Kluwe made his opinion of these demands known in rather blunt fashion, tweeting “Sigh, and once again greed is the operative byword. Congrats Brees, Manning, Mankins, and Jackson for being ‘that guy’. #douchebags”
The punter has actually been quite vocal here in the waning days of the lockout, also posting a YouTube video (link NSFW) in which he made use of the popular Hitler rant meme to profanely assault the owners. Truly, Chris Kluwe is the most net-savvy and potty-mouthed of all wise-ass punters.
Now we’ll wait to see what Kluwe’s colleagues think of his assault on Manning, Brees and company. I’m guessing some will agree with him and others will distance themselves from his comments. And a few will probably whip out the old “he’s just a punter, who cares what he thinks?” line.