Chris Kluwe, who wrote a Deadspin article about being cut by the Vikings because he actively supports gay rights, believes Tim Tebow is also being kept out of the NFL for speaking his own views.
Appearing on super-douche Keith Olbermann’s show, Kluwe says:
As much as we are polar opposites on the things we stand for, Tebow is the exact same way. There are backup quarterbacks in the NFL right now that Tebow is certainly better than — he could fill a role with a team. But because he brings this other stuff with him, just like I bring my other stuff with me, teams look at it like, ‘We don’t want it. We don’t want players speaking out. We don’t want players doing anything other than football.’”
And what’s wrong with that?
Unless you’re a Hall of Famer, like Ray Guy should be, no one cares what a punter does… period. If you make more than $1M a year, you’re in danger unless you’re an Pro Bowl level punter. You don’t score points, you don’t do anything … except in the case of Kluwe, put your own beliefs ahead of his game. If you were Shane Lechler, you might get a pass, but you’re not. If you were a linebacker, like Brendon Ayanbadejo, you could get a pass. If anything, Ayanbadejo has a complaint about getting cut. He’s a three time All-Pro, albeit on special teams.
Tebow, are you kidding me? The reason he’s not in the NFL today is because he doesn’t want to play fullback/H-back/not quarterback. Tebow can’t throw a football. If you can’t throw a football, you can’t play QB in the NFL. Period. Cut because of his views? There are owners out there who, if not for his football men, would bring Tebow aboard, just to get people in the stands.