Chris Kluwe Fined For “Vote Ray Guy” Sign
By Dan Zinski
Dec 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (5) punts during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Sending a message comes with a price. In Chris Kluwe’s case, that price is exactly $5,250. That’s the fine the punter received for taping a “Vote Ray Guy” sign over the Hall of Fame logo on the front of his uniform Sunday. Kluwe made the gesture in a show of solidarity with the former punter Guy who has been frozen out of the HoF for reasons of bias (at least in Kluwe’s mind).
Kluwe showed no regret for his uniform-code-violating gesture. “It got people talking about it,” Kluwe said. “I heard the broadcast team talked about it for a bit. And hopefully, people will realize, ‘Hey, punters aren’t in the Hall of Fame, maybe we should do something about that.'”
Kluwe’s Ray Guy campaign is about more than decals though. He has also been using his popular Twitter account as a platform for rants in favor of the punter. Sometimes this tweet ranting leads to confrontation. On Monday Kluwe got into a war of words with noted NFL writer Pete Prisco, who believes Guy does not belong in the Hall. The trolling battle that ensued was good comedy for a long while before both sides backed off.
Whatever you think of Kluwe’s stances, you have to admit he’s good entertainment.
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