My 2 cents on the pouting punters release

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I tried to stay out of this one, I really did.

He’s a PUNTER for Pete’s sake! Who cares???

I figured the man had been through enough this week, and it would be classless of me to kick him while he’s down, that was until I started hearing reports of Kluwe hinting that maybe he was cut because of stance on gay marriage, and then it became pretty obvious that “class” went out the window when it comes to anything involving Chris Kluwe.

Now anybody that knows me knows I’m pretty vocal about my political beliefs, I am also aware that this is not the proper venue for me to display that side of me so I will do my best to refrain. I may have a difficult time given the fact that Kluwe and those in his camp have politicized what would normally would never be given a second thought… a punter’s release.

I also want it to be known that a few weeks ago I got into a pretty heated argument with the former Vikings punter over Twitter, so my ability to be completely objective about the situation is in question.

Now, here’s what I see. I see a punter who, a few years ago, was among the leagues best. Recently though, this punter has been on the decline. This punter actually ranked 22nd overall in the NFL last season. Not great…In fact, Kluwe finished 2012 ranked No. 31 (that’s REAL bad) among NFL punters the most important statistic for a punter: PUNTS DOWNED INSIDE THE 20. Of Kluwe’s 72 punts, 18 settled in what the league considers poor field position. By comparison, the Chicago Bears’ Adam Podlesh nearly doubled Kluwe’s total among his 81 punts. Podlesh finished with 34, while Green Bay Packers punter Tim Masthay had 30 in 70 punts.

This punter that ranks in the bottom 33% of the league yet commands one of the highest salaries for punters in the league at nearly $1.5m.  This punters $1.5m salary goes against the cap of a team that has a lot of big name contracts they need to address, as well as 3 first round draft picks they need to sign.

This 31 year old punter has played 8 years with a team who’s whole philosophy for success revolves around getting younger. The same team that,  just last year, cut Pro-Bowl caliber PK Ryan Longwell (who was in no way an activist)  in favor of an unproven rookie, Blair Walsh.

Now you take all that into consideration, and somehow these nutcase reporters at Yahoo! sports come to the conclusion that he was cut because “gay-marriage talk is not tolerable in NFL“??? Are you serious? These are “legitimate” journalists reporting this crap?

Now, I dont want anyone to think that I am anti-gay, or dont think they deserve equality. The reason I got upset with Kluwe is because he would preach equality and tolerance yet in his tweets would actually label those who disagreed with him as “bigots” and “idiots” and say he hopes some of them”DIE tonight”, and obviously these reporters feel that if someone is outspoken on a cause they pretend to care about so they can be accepted by all the politically correct left leaning robot reporters they surround themselves with, you aren’t allowed to fire them, doesn’t matter if they suck at their job,  If you do you will have to face wild, unfounded allegations. It’s flat out COWARDLY!

What would happen if an aging, high salary player who was very outspoken in favor of traditional marriage and Christian beliefs was cut after a sub-par season? Nothing.

Like I said, I really didn’t want to comment on any of this. That was until I saw the raging hypocrisy started to surface. Please see it for what it is people. Hypocrisy and Cowardess.

Please remember this is ripping the reporters, and the COWARDLY coverage thats being given to this story, while i may have disagreed with some of Kluwe’s statements and methods, I will not hesitate to give him props for being one of the best punters, and most colorful players the league has seen in awhile, and I hope he has continued success in the NFL.

I hope the Vikings stay silent on the subject and don’t try to appease this group of cowards with some made up PC nonsense statement, just let it blow over because the vast majority of people don’t care.

If your still reading thank you! I cant wait to hear the comments I get on this one.

SKOL!

-Jordan Nadel

@disko37

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  • Jay

    Best way put yet. Thank you for saying this.I respect Kluwe but as you said just n look back a year ago to Longwell and it all answers itself. People need to shut up already tired of the subject.

  • Jake

    I read a story about Tony Korball and his partner Wilbon talking about how even though they both admit Kluwe is not a good punter they think it’s wrong that he doesn’t have a job right now because his political activism somehow warrants an automatic roster spot with a team. They then went on to say that it’s wrong Jason Collins doesn’t have a job right now, even though he isn’t very good either, because they think the only openly gay player deserves a job just for being gay. The media seems to think the supporting homosexuality or being a homosexual is grounds for making a team because apparently those traits are more important than talent.

  • tck62

    Won’t the $1 million cap savings give the Vikings a chance to maybe sign Urlacher for a year ?

    Seems to be way to much gay marriage talk and not enough on the $800,00 to $1 million in salary cap savings.

  • Dustin Joyce

    Wow, well said. Except the part about Klewe being a top punter. Maye I’m spoiled as a chiefs fan first, Vikings second and colquit really is one of the best punters, but I think The Vikings held onto to him too long. It could have happened mid-season last year as the Vikes pushed towards playoffs with a punter that had one shank a game. So much so I honestly questioned last year if he was doing it on purpose out of spite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.gosne Jane Gosne

    Kluwe needs to bend over and take one for the team.Good riddance.

  • mookieviking

    Hope he signs with the Seahawks — he can hear Percy say — “Not tonight I’ve got a migraine.”

  • Billy Schwandt

    It is sad all that is to read about a Punter who runs his mouth and is not good and over paid!!! Then there is the gay thing. Lord have Mercy!!!!

  • 50 years purple

    Chris, thanks for eight years of solid contribution. Thanks for interesting reading. I respect the strength of your convictions. I ask you for one final act. There is way too much “us, them”. Could you please tweet on thing? Something like this. “Respect is a two way street. Everyone, regardless of your personal feelings, show respect. You can agree or disagree, but show respect.” You have a strong public voice. If you advocate respect from everyone, for everyone, I personally think it will do more good than anything else you can do right now.

  • http://twitter.com/Adameus Adam Elenz

    A few things: Everything else aside, I actually agree with you… Kluwe’s performance the past few years has been less than stellar, and that certainly warrants taking a look at. Picking up Blair Walsh last year was one of the best things the Vikings have done in years, and if they can do the same with this new guy, I’m all in favor of that, as much as I love Chris Kluwe.

    However the political stuff seems to keep coming into play… Kluwe is very vocal about his views, as he should be allowed to be, but the fact that he’s taken a stance on a hot-button political issue, and that his opinion happens to be the polar opposite of what the typical NFL demographic believes, makes it a relevant question: did his outspoken political beliefs have something to do with his dismissal? The fact that Mike Preifer felt the need to comment on his off-field activities last season only increases these questions. When was the last time you heard a coach comment on a players lack of focus due to off-field activities?

    So in summary… this article could have been shorter… “hey, he had a bad season”. The rest kind of feels like a rant about Kluwe’s political views, rather than making a case for why he legitimately deserved to be cut. The reality is, none of us were there, we will never know what conversations the coaches had and why exactly he was cut, but it seems like poor performance and money are the reason. Still, in the NFL, speaking your mind is a punishable offense, especially when what you say is contrary to what the NFL would like you to be saying.