Aug 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher watch warm ups before the game with the Tennessee Titans at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Have Red Flagged 8 Draft Prospects For Dumb Tweets


Be warned draft prospects. The Minnesota Vikings are reading your tweets. And if you say something the Vikings’ Twitter police deem questionable? You will be red flagged and possibly even removed from the draft board.

Yes, this is what it’s come to in 2014. The vetting process for draft picks now includes watching their Twitter. Rick Spielman talked about his social media spying to Jim Corbett of USA Today.

“There were guys I found on Twitter this year that I can’t believe they would post and re-Tweet some of the stuff they were saying,” Spielman said. “We wrote a report just on their Twitter accounts.

“I won’t say the names. But out of the 60 that we did, there are eight guys that we have concerns about their Twitter feeds that we will address here.”

Spielman wouldn’t be too specific about the red flagged tweets. He said some involved talking about partying and admitting to using drugs. Dumb stuff that immature kids do on social media, apparently forgetting that other people can read what they’re typing.

This may all seem a bit absurd but it’s just the world we live in. You can’t fault Spielman and the Vikings for using every tool at their disposal to make calls on players’ character when millions of dollars are at stake.

Players with a chance to be drafted must also keep in mind the millions that are at stake. It’s one thing to tweet something dumb and tick off your girlfriend or your parents, but quite another to tick off Rick Spielman.

Your parents and/or girlfriend aren’t looking to possibly pay you millions of dollars. So my advice? Just stay off all social media until after you’ve signed the contract. It’s just not worth the risk.

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  • realmattriddle

    At least we know they can call people fags and suggest they should die and he’s totally cool with it.

    • kyle

      You don’t know 100% what happened behind closed doors. You have no idea what was actually said between priefer and kluwe.

      • Chris Schroeder

        Yeah he doesn’t at all. U have to sit and think about who said it first of all. Kluwe!! He’s a trash punter that is a huge drama queen. Point in fact he was pissed that the vikings cut him for a youngee , more polished punted so now he made up a bunch of shit. Plus who in the world doesn’t call people a fag?? Like what 8% of America

        • Daniel Laxen

          More polished punter? Maybe you should look at his stats? He was below average. He was inconsistent. He was not what the Vikings wanted that’s for sure. What he was is a punter that would be paid less and a player that would allow Kluwe to be run out of Minnesota. Look at Spielman’s track record. It’s been about cost cutting and trying to find decent players on the cheap. He’s the Dollar General Manager!

    • manbearpig01

      3 things here.

      1.) These players are not current employees so their situation is much different.
      2.) Kluwe has yet to prove his claims.
      3.) If Kluwe can prove his claims, Pfiefer will probably be let go

  • David Crosby

    I like it. I love it. I want some more of it. They are finally building a team with morals and ethics and desire to win vs the party it up it’s all about the benjamins(sp?) baby type of players. This ship IS headed in the right direction hopefully it picks up full steam ahead. They always seem to get our hopes up right after letting us down and we fall for it year after year. Oh well I’m already excited for next year go Vikes!!

  • dave

    If Kluwe had anything against Priefer then why wait almost 4 years to bring it up? And if that was the reason for him being let go by the Vikings then why didnt he get the job in Oakland or Miami? Hes an average punter with all the drama off the field. Hes mad because of exactly what was said in another comment, he got replaced by a younger, cheaper, BETTER option. Get over it Christina Kluwe and move on with your pathetic existence.

  • Daniel Laxen

    This team is no better than when Spielman took over OFFICIALLY to start 2012. The defense is a travesty. The ONLY clear cut better segments of the team are at WR and TE. That didn’t take too much doing either considering who the Vikings had there when he was made GM…
    QB- As bad or worse than 2011-2012
    RB- AP is getting closer to 30 and his best season was 2012
    O-Line- last years version was pretty bad
    TE- Rudolph was take in the 2nd round
    WR- The pedestrian WR corps had to improve
    The Vikings gave up 30 points a game and were terrible across the board. They were the worst version of defense I’ve seen in Minnesota in 45 years…
    The Vikings had pretty good special teams last year because of Patterson and Sherels. The fact that many Viking defensive players are the ilk of special teams may have been why this happened. They certainly weren’t starting level talent and the defense showed that, CLEARLY…

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