He’s also now a punter for the Oakland Raiders. I was kind of curious about Kluwe’s press conference today. He actually spoke more about football than politics. He said his focus was mostly on making the team. If I remember correctly, when a member of the Vikings, Kluwe sent an obscenity-laced letter to a Maryland state delegate. This was in response to the lawmaker’s letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti regarding another player’s stance on gay marriage.
Personally, I think Kluwe, despite being a foul-mouthed jerk, should be given a wide range of latitude here. After all, BSP doesn’t consider punters to be football players. Kluwe has plenty of time to worry about political bullshit. What is practice like for a punter? What does a punter do on the sidelines besides spin a ball and kick it into a net? The guy probably wrote that document on the sidelines while Adrian Peterson was running wild over an NFC North opponent. The Vikings must have been impressed with Kluwe’s political stances. They thought Kluwe was so awesome, they told him he could kick for someone else.
Kickers who get involved in non-football stuff are actually beneficial. If your place kicker or punter is worried about other weird shit like “One Million Moms”, they won’t be thinking too hard about the game and bang that game-losing field goal wide.