Kluwe says McNabb hasn’t made promised donation to charity

AP

When Donnovan McNabb joined the Vikings, punter Chris Kluwe agreed to give up his No. 5 jersey, on a few conditions.

Kluwe is one of the NFL’s freest spirits, so it’s no surprise that a couple of those conditions were off the wall: One was that McNabb had to buy him an ice cream cone. Another was that McNabb had to mention Kluwe’s band, Tripping Icarus, at five press conferences.

The third and final condition was that McNabb would make a $5,000 donation to Kick For A Cure, an organization that supports people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Kluwe is involved with Kick For a Cure, and he thought it would be a nice gesture for McNabb to show his support.

Unfortunately, that’s a gesture that McNabb hasn’t followed through on: Kluwe told Scout.com this week that McNabb didn’t make the donation. Today I checked in with Kluwe on Twitter to see if maybe the Scout.com article had motivated McNabb to contact him about the donation, but it didn’t.

“No, but I haven’t really had a chance to ask him. I was going to at the end of the season, but then he got released,” Kluwe wrote on Twitter.

For McNabb, who has made tens of millions of dollars in his NFL career, it shouldn’t be tough to come up with $5,000, and Kluwe shouldn’t need to remind him. It was something McNabb agreed to (Vikings.com caught the whole thing on video) and it’s something McNabb needs to do.

It’s also a reminder that these agreements between teammates to give up jersey numbers often go awry. Former Redskins defensive back Ifeanyi Ohalete ended up suing former teammate Clinton Portis for $20,000 over a failed agreement on the No. 26, and former Giants punter Jeff Feagles said Plaxico Burress never paid up after they reached an agreement over the No. 17. In the future, players shouldn’t give up jersey numbers until they get the payment in hand.

94 responses to “Kluwe says McNabb hasn’t made promised donation to charity

  1. ” In the future, players shouldn’t give up jersey numbers until they get the payment in hand”

    Or just sign a contract about what they have to do, when they have to do it by, and the punishment for not doing it. Problem solved.

  2. So we can now add to fat, lazy, apathetic, and washed up – he is now a deadbeat.

    Hey, Donavan…

    You were NEVER as good as you thought you were. Being dumped by three teams ought to tell you so.

  3. The rumor is that Mcnabb TRIED to toss a check to Kluwe’s charity.

    But it sailed over the charity and ended up landing at the “Human Fund.”

  4. In the words of Sonny from the Bronx Tale , For 5k he’s outta your life, you got off cheap !

  5. Why could u not, just tell mcnabb u wanted $5,000 for the jersey #, in the first place & donated the money months ago your self!!!

  6. McNabb is a loser plain and simple. He is not a has-been he is a never-was. Maybe he has a shot in the AFL or the CFL, those are fitting his talent and commitment.

  7. Guy got $5.5 mil from the Vikings for half a season’s worth of (subpar) work, and he can’t pony up 5 grand?

    In contrast, Kluwe donates $500 to the same charity for every punt of his that’s downed inside the 20. He has 19 on the year so far. Assuming he gets at least another one by season’s end, that’s $100,000 in donations…..for a guy who’s making $1.18 mil this season.

    So, that’s 8.5% of his salary, and he gave his number to McNabb hoping to get him to donate 0.09% of his salary in return…and gets stiffed. Shame on McNabb.

  8. “Why could u not, just tell mcnabb u wanted $5,000 for the jersey #, in the first place & donated the money months ago your self!!!”

    Makes more sense, but it doesn’t have the same image attached to it. Deliberately discussing the charity in an otherwise-humorous video seen by tons of people not only brings attention to the cause, but was an excellent PR opportunity for McNabb…and he blew it. Guess he really is as dumb as everyone thinks he is.

  9. WOW does this really surprise anyone from both these players. Always the same thing what is good for ME, ME, ME!

  10. Lol…as the years go by, the more Rush Limbaugh, Terrell Owens, and most Eagle fans look right about McFatt. Kevin “Korn on the” Kolb is more injury prone than Vick. Of course, the Eagles end up blowing all these picks in return on junk prospects. A mess all around.

  11. McNabb’s deal was for the whole season and beyond.

    Kluwe got his number back as soon as McNabb was cut. Not being teammates voided the deal long ago.

    Why do viking slimeballs want to scapgoat McNabb when he won half their games and only played in six?

    Don’t attack McNabb for viking misfortunes that started long before MNabb and have continued since.

  12. Well, this may be why the players are throwing McNabb under the bus in an effort to save the coaching staff.

    Seriously, McNabb, I could see welching on the ice cream cone or the band mentions, but you couldn’t donate to the man’s charity?

  13. McNabb is going to need that money, because he’s probably broke and he has no chance of ever playing QB in the NFL again.

  14. “20 x 500 =/= 100,000.

    I’m flabbergasted.”

    Well, I’m rightfully embarrassed. Yeah, $10k. Not sure where the extra 0 came from.

    Still, if a guy making $1 mil is donating $10k, surely a guy making 5 times that much can donate half of that amount, especially after promising to do so.

  15. lxmas says: Dec 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    20 x 500 =/= 100,000.

    I’m flabbergasted.
    ******************************

    You forget where you are.

  16. 5k is actually a cheap price for a jersey. Players have given as much as 15k for a jersey number. McNabb, you look like an even bigger douche than you already are. You asked for your release and not even the pathetic Bears wanted you. Way to screw kids over you greedy jackbutt.

  17. This is not an attack on McNabb for his inability to properly quarterback a team, to provide mentoring to a rookie, or provide the leadership that the position demands. This is a justifiable attack on McNabb for being a pathetic scumbag. If he thinks he has a future in broadcasting, this is the type of thing that people will remember.

    Its amazing to me that a guy like McNabb who had cultivated such a positive public image a few years ago has turned out to be such a turd.

  18. How about Donavon repays that 5 mil he stole from the Vikes this year too… Zygi might need some furniture for his $19 mil condo!

  19. You guys kill me, the hate for DMAC is baffling.

    He has donated millions here in NJ, and I’m sure he has ever intention to take care of this. Unfortunately, he had the Minnasota drama to deal with.

  20. bobnelsonjr says:Dec 23, 2011 6:55 PM

    McNabb’s deal was for the whole season and beyond.

    Kluwe got his number back as soon as McNabb was cut. Not being teammates voided the deal long ago.

    Why do viking slimeballs want to scapgoat McNabb when he won half their games and only played in six?

    Don’t attack McNabb for viking misfortunes that started long before MNabb and have continued since.
    ==================================

    Kluwe is still #4, can’t switch back till next year.

  21. In contrast, Kluwe donates $500 to the same charity for every punt of his that’s downed inside the 20. He has 19 on the year so far. Assuming he gets at least another one by season’s end, that’s $100,000 in donations

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    19 x $500 = $9,500

  22. people who state that punters and kickers shouldnt talk because they are punters and kickers = ignorant jaggazzes.

    seriously you goofs…they are only punters and kickers….and yet they can probably STILL pound you clowns into next week.

  23. Seriously, PFT is still kicking this guy? How hard would it have been to reach out to McNabb or, better yet, do a real story instead of trying to go back to the well on this tired angle again? You’re just throwing meat to the braindead masses that populate this site. McNabb gets beat down for a ton of crap and rarely lowers himself to the level of those accusing him. He may not be perfect but he’s become a convenient scapegoat and an easy story for lazy sites like this.

  24. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 23, 2011 6:55 PM

    McNabb’s deal was for the whole season and beyond.

    Kluwe got his number back as soon as McNabb was cut. Not being teammates voided the deal long ago.

    Why do viking slimeballs want to scapgoat McNabb when he won half their games and only played in six?

    Don’t attack McNabb for viking misfortunes that started long before MNabb and have continued since.

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    Oi, where to begin. It took a lot longer than it should have to decipher your awfully presented ramblings.

    McNabb’s deal was for one season. The plan was for him to help the Vikings transition into a new era while giving him a chance to show people Washington wasn’t all his fault.

    Also McNabb was waived, not cut. And Kluwe didn’t get his number back. The NFL only allows you to change your jersey number once every two years, so that they have time to sell the rest of the jerseys that have the old number (which is irrelevent in Kluwe’s case since they don’t mass produce his jersey).

    McNabb started six games and lost five. The stats may not make it obvious, but Vikings fans know McNabb was terrible. He couldn’t sustain drives, he couldn’t make accurate throws consistently at any distance, and he seemed sluggish and passive in all six starts. And now just when I was starting to forget about him, this story comes up. He should just pay up. The guy has earned more money since being let go than he did playing in Minnesota.

  25. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 23, 2011 6:55 PM

    McNabb’s deal was for the whole season and beyond.

    Kluwe got his number back as soon as McNabb was cut. Not being teammates voided the deal long ago.

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    You might want to check your facts before pontificating. You are simply wrong. The NFL forbids the return of a number not only for the season the change was made but apparently for the FOLLOWING SEASON as well.

    From the Scout.com piece:
    ‘Surrendering his number 5 jersey to McNabb is causing another issue for Kluwe, who has worn number 4 this year. After McNabb was released on Dec. 1, Kluwe wanted to reclaim number 5, but an NFL policy is preventing him from doing that.’

  26. Far be it for me to stand in the way of the writer’s attempt to get a few more readers to hate Donovan McNabb, but logically speaking…Could it be that McNabb simply forgot about this donation? He does have other commitments that he regularly honors, like All-Star Kids Clinic, which promotes diabetes awareness.

    I’m fairly certain McNabb doesn’t read Scout.com, so the fact this “bombshell” was released via said site, doesn’t bode well for “shaming” McNabb into payment.

    If Kluwe desires payment, he should simply call McNabb’s agent and get in touch with him. It’s a direct approach—an approach that an actual man would take.

    Or maybe that’s just my take.

  27. Forgot about it? He remembered to mention the band in press conferences (he did it twice), but forgot the real part of the deal with Kluwe? Not buying that.

    Maybe he did. Who knows. Either way, he’ll come out after the holiday weekend and say that his people were supposed to take care of it, something fell through the cracks, etc etc, write out the check on the spot, and the story goes away. And the charity gets their money, which is the only thing Kluwe’s looking for.

    And then we’ll all forget about this and go back to making jokes about Brett Favre’s junk and showing everyone how bad our (my) math skills are. Merry Christmas.

  28. McNabb = Phony!!!!

    Philadelphians are still getting ZERO benefit for seeing something obvious!!!

    All the sucking up that ESPN has done to McNabb shows you why they it can be believed that much anymore!!!!

  29. Something like this…. not honoring a debt or agreement, particularly for a charity…. is a crystal clear “window” of sorts into a persons character.

  30. I don’t understand why people would be complaining about Kluwe was bashing McNabb on this. He was asked a question about the deal and he gave an honest answer. Kluwe has always been on of the few genuine guys in the NFL and truly has fun and appreciates his job. He knows that he is blessed to be getting paid great money to play a game, I can’t say the same about McNabb.

  31. McNabb mentioned the band 2.5 times. Since he’s so familiar with throwing things into double coverage, he figured that would take care of it.

    He also bought Kluwe an ice cream cone, but on his way to give it to the guy he accidentally ate it.

    As for the 5k, well he didn’t do that just cause he’s a turd.

  32. For those wondering, McNabb did mention Kluwe’s band five times, that was taken care of pretty quickly… Before the season started if I recall right.

    As far as I know, the ice cream cone was taken care of as well.

    Now, McNabb probably tried to give the charity a check, but it probably bounced, much like a good chunk of the passes he threw for the Vikings.

  33. All the guys on here sounding-off on how classless McNabb is….I’d be interested to see how classy and responsible they are in their own lives. Somehow I have a feeling they themselves have been disorganized or behind on some payments. Or had an incident with police involvement. Or simply anything embarrassing. This McNabb stuff is a load of you-know-what.

  34. Wow, McNabb bashing. I’m sure next week a story will come out on here about McNabb being reaponsible for America’s economic woes and mindless meathead fans will back it. The fact.that Kluwie would go to the press after admittedly not talking to McNabb shows what you’re dealing with–a moron

  35. I lost all faith in McNabb the year he put himself ahead of the team back in 06′ by calling the Eagles playoff run “bitter/sweet”, cause he wasn’t getting the credit, jeff Garcia was. Never should’ve drafted this clown. His status and money was always more important than winning. Andy Reid has a better winning % WITHOUT him than with him, even with the eagles going 6-8 this year. Nobody remembers when he took aj feeley and went 7-1 after mcnabb got hurt in 02. If only we actually had a decent qb who didn’t throw up and fumble snaps in big games, how many superbowls we could’ve won. Considering what Andy Reid did for McChoke, he probably could’ve made something out of Ryan Leaf or Akili Smith too. I just can’t get over the people who still defend him, they’re just as delusional as he is.

  36. I will accept the apology from everyone who told Eagles fans how much they would regret losing the “Great” McNabb. We were right about this clown all along. We watched worm balls and puking on the field for far too long. He was a good QB, that’s it. Donovan and Andy looked better because of one person- Jim Johnson.

  37. dlynch37 – you refer to “the braindead masses that populate this site” IN YOUR POST ON THIS SITE. Can you define irony?

  38. Its obvious that he has no intention to pay up… I wonder if the 3rd n long foundation can help him out… NOT!!

  39. Not surprising as DM seems to have difficulty getting things into other peoples hands. But seriously this seems to be who he is, he got out the mentioning the band’s name five times by doing it in ONE press conference not five press conferences as was the agreement. What a jerk.

  40. A friend of mine’s wife was a waitress in a fine dining establishment in Philly.
    McKnabb tipped her $60 for a $900 6 people tab…..that is a 7% tip…..yea,,,he’s a cheap SOB….
    also….I remember when he use to talk about being better then Brett Favre,,,,HA …Lol…I reeeeeally dont like this washed up choke artist…

  41. Has it ever come up the possibility Mcnabb is broke. Nearly 70 percent of sports athletes are broke within 3 years of leaving there respective league. Maybe Mcnabb started early…

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