The report on the Mike Priefer matter has now been made public and may be studied by all. It contains plenty of evidence that Priefer did act in an inappropriate manner. The Vikings have already released a statement saying Priefer will be suspended 3 games in punishment.
But Priefer isn’t the only one who comes off smelling less-than-rosy in this affair. Kluwe himself gets taken to task in eyewitness accounts, including this bit about his own off-color humor:
Kluwe’s locker room behavior stood out to some interviewees and included stories about Kluwe dropping his pants in front of 20-25 business people as they were being escorted through the locker room on a tour. Interviewees also recalled Kluwe making fun of the coaches’ speeches on the white board in the locker room and leaving it there even when the press came in. Kluwe also made fun of the Vikings’ then Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom
Kanavy, an alumnus of‒and former coach at‒Penn State University, concerning the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State situation. In his interview, Kanavy explained that Kluwe cut the seat out of his pants and then put them on to imitate a victim of the Penn State child-abuse scandal. According to Kanavy, Kluwe said that he was a “Penn State victim” and to “stay away” from him while his buttocks were exposed.
Kluwe has responded on Twitter to the release of this information. His defense? He was joking.
Sure I gave my strength coach a hard time. Once. I made a joke about the Sandusky case, because he was a big Penn State guy.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 19, 2014
Is that going to fly with people who see Kluwe as an attention whore and a clown? Can Kluwe really argue that he was so outraged by Priefer’s dumb behavior when he was behaving in the same dumb, childish way?
Bit by bit, the people who have painted Kluwe as a fool who holds a grudge against the Vikings are gaining ammunition. This isn’t playing out the way Kluwe expected. But I don’t expect he will stop firing away on Twitter. He seems to enjoy the fight.
It’s not like he has anything else to do.