You heard that right. A PUNTER is suing the Minnesota Vikings for $10M, for homophobic comments made by special teams coach Mike Priefer. Chris Kluwe, whom we’ve posted about previously, reqested specific punishment for the coach, and a donation of $1M to LGBT support groups. The Vikings were reportedly willing to give “only” $100K.
I know what to say about everything … except this. Kluwe believes he was cut by the Vikings due to his outspoken stances on LGBT rights. Then he was signed by Oakland in the 2013 offseason and was in training camp. He lost a spirited battle with Marquette King, and was cut before the season started. 3o other NFL teams have not signed Kluwe since then.
From a pure football management standpoint, we get it. We understand it 100 times out of 100. Kluwe was making a lot of money as a punter. That standalone fact gets you in NFL trouble. The Vikings drafted a punter. If you spend a draft choice on a kicker/punter, that guy is going to play. For less than the veteran you just cut. Kickers and punters get cut. It’s the life at that position. In the entire history of the NFL, only two kickers (one placekicker, one punter) are in the Hall of Fame. Kluwe, who steadily pushed for Ray Guy’s inclusion into the NFL Hall of Fame, is not in the same league. In the NFL, if a guy is a pain in the ass and is easily replaceable, he is. I don’t know why Kluwe thinks he’s so special he should have retained his job in Minnesota.
In this writer’s eyes … and I could be completely wrong … Kluwe’s lawsuit is trumped up. What happened to him happens to players all the time. Whether that’s right or not from a moral standpoint is up for debate.