Oct 9, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (4) against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kluwe Takes Another Shot at Vikings

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May 20, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe (5) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Does Chris Kluwe harbor any bitterness toward the Vikings after being released? The answer is clearly yes. If you’re looking for evidence of this, all you need do is follow his Twitter feed. The proof is in the pudding. Or should I say tweeting.

The tweets are not overtly angry of course. Kluwe can be blunt when he wants but he can also be subtle. He knows the fine art of the gentle shot. He took another one on Tuesday when he tweeted (during a discussion about his Webby award and why he will not be able to attend the ceremony):

While a Viking, Kluwe was accused of spending too much time worrying about outside activities and not enough time focusing on punting. Among the accusers was his own special teams coach Mike Priefer, who famously called him out in public. Did that alleged lack of focus really affect Kluwe’s performance? Maybe, maybe not. But clearly Kluwe believes it did not. And he has not been shy about defending himself.

Okay okay, so maybe it’s time to let this go. Both for Kluwe and for me. But I just sort of enjoy the lingering unpleasantness. I like the passive-aggressive shots. I wish Mike Priefer were on Twitter so a full-on hashtag war could get going. But I doubt Priefer gets how to use hashtags. He doesn’t seem like the hashtag sort. He’s more of a “call a guy out in public” sort.

Not everyone appreciates subtlety.

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