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Kluwe says McNabb hasn’t made promised donation to charity

Donovan McNabb, Phil Loadholt 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.

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  1. stoutfiles says: Dec 23, 2011 6:23 PM

    ” 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. commandercornpone says: Dec 23, 2011 6:25 PM

    sounds like ohsostinko on all his promises.

    all the similarities are interesting.

  3. mikgaes says: Dec 23, 2011 6:26 PM

    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.

  4. doe22us says: Dec 23, 2011 6:27 PM

    Of course they should, it should be straight cash homey.

  5. waitingguilty says: Dec 23, 2011 6:27 PM

    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.”

  6. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 23, 2011 6:28 PM

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

  7. edmazeing1 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:28 PM

    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!!!

  8. Gordon says: Dec 23, 2011 6:31 PM

    Why not just call McNabb, instead of trashing the guy to the media?

  9. benh999 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:34 PM

    Who gives a s— about punters?

  10. fittytuckin says: Dec 23, 2011 6:35 PM

    This Kluwe guy is pretty kookie. I wouldn’t give this clown a penny either.

  11. enriqueic says: Dec 23, 2011 6:36 PM

    Stay classy, Donovan

  12. dionoil says: Dec 23, 2011 6:36 PM

    Kluwe= Awesome
    McNabb = Awful

  13. whatsafairway says: Dec 23, 2011 6:38 PM

    5

    Wasn’t that the number of minutes McNabb actually played for the Vikings?

  14. Tadd says: Dec 23, 2011 6:39 PM

    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.

  15. rsersen says: Dec 23, 2011 6:40 PM

    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.

  16. suckleague says: Dec 23, 2011 6:43 PM

    The Oriental Super Buffet is not free.

  17. rsersen says: Dec 23, 2011 6:43 PM

    “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.

  18. jrfrom508 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:46 PM

    To think I respected Mcnabb at the start of the season…..

  19. melikefootball says: Dec 23, 2011 6:47 PM

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

  20. frankie3333 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:48 PM

    well did he at least buy him an ice cream cone? and did he mention Kluwe’s band even once?

  21. docredskin says: Dec 23, 2011 6:51 PM

    He tried to fill out the check but his pen kept sailing four feet above it.

  22. mdpickles says: Dec 23, 2011 6:53 PM

    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.

  23. 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.

  24. classygentleman7 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:56 PM

    Although I agree that McNabb should donate to the charity…………….Seriously Chris Kluwe, you’re a freakin punter. Shut your d#?! mouth.

  25. phillybirds says: Dec 23, 2011 6:56 PM

    this is the guy that refuses to sign autographs for little kids and tips bad at restaurants in south jersey.

  26. skepticalcommentreader says: Dec 23, 2011 6:57 PM

    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?

  27. hank10 says: Dec 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    McMartyr earned a rep in Philly as being, how shall we say it, ‘frugal’ with his money.

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

    20 x 500 =/= 100,000.

    I’m flabbergasted.

  29. descendency says: Dec 23, 2011 7:04 PM

    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.

  30. rsersen says: Dec 23, 2011 7:09 PM

    “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.

  31. commandercornpone says: Dec 23, 2011 7:12 PM

    no, nabbster threw the check at kluwe’s feet, and it slipped into the gutter.

  32. profootballwalk says: Dec 23, 2011 7:16 PM

    lxmas says: Dec 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    20 x 500 =/= 100,000.

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

    You forget where you are.

  33. citiciti says: Dec 23, 2011 7:20 PM

    Hey McNabb-C’mon Man!

  34. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Dec 23, 2011 7:23 PM

    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.

  35. upperdecker19 says: Dec 23, 2011 7:25 PM

    Hey Moose…..Rocco…..help #5 find his checkbook!!!

  36. laeaglefan says: Dec 23, 2011 7:30 PM

    I heard that McNabb has a garage full of leftover Chunky Soup that he offered to donate in lieu of the 5 grand.

  37. cliffordc05 says: Dec 23, 2011 7:39 PM

    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.

  38. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Dec 23, 2011 7:41 PM

    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!

  39. bigharv says: Dec 23, 2011 7:43 PM

    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.

  40. psujay says: Dec 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    McNabb onced tipped me $5 on a $250 bill…not surprised at all.

  41. i3addog says: Dec 23, 2011 7:51 PM

    Well, it’s not like he sent a young girl a picture of his junk. Right Brett ?

  42. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 23, 2011 7:52 PM

    I bet he didn’t even mention the band’s name either.

  43. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Dec 23, 2011 7:54 PM

    Is this surprising?

  44. acieu says: Dec 23, 2011 7:56 PM

    Bah, humbug aren’t the poor houses open. Who needs another donation”

  45. aetherthe says: Dec 23, 2011 7:57 PM

    Sounds like Donovan McStabbed him in the back.

  46. vbe2 says: Dec 23, 2011 7:59 PM

    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.

  47. duanethomas says: Dec 23, 2011 8:00 PM

    I pray to Tebow that this is some kind of mistake and MnNabb isn’t this horrible.

  48. blaz0037 says: Dec 23, 2011 8:00 PM

    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

    ————————————————–

    19 x $500 = $9,500

  49. blaz0037 says: Dec 23, 2011 8:02 PM

    Sold him out to the press. Classy

  50. jdandcoke says: Dec 23, 2011 8:04 PM

    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.

  51. dlynch37 says: Dec 23, 2011 8:12 PM

    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.

  52. mikehockhurtz says: Dec 23, 2011 8:22 PM

    Am I the only one on here that thinks it’s weird for a man wanting another man buy him an ice cream cone?

    Both are creeps

  53. androk23 says: Dec 23, 2011 8:30 PM

    Am I the only one that wants to know if McNabb actually mentioned Kluwe’s band 5 times???

  54. funkydunkleman says: Dec 23, 2011 8:40 PM

    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.

    ****************************

    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.

  55. tinopuno says: Dec 23, 2011 8:40 PM

    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.

    _________________________________

    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.’

  56. 11inthebox says: Dec 23, 2011 8:40 PM

    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.

  57. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 23, 2011 8:41 PM

    McNabb probably is still learning the system of check writing. Maybe he should check his wristband.

  58. samoanjungle says: Dec 23, 2011 8:43 PM

    He tried to write the check but got winded and puked

  59. rsersen says: Dec 23, 2011 8:47 PM

    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.

  60. rajbais says: Dec 23, 2011 9:00 PM

    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!!!!

  61. bshook87 says: Dec 23, 2011 9:30 PM

    What a classless loser. McNabb coming up with 5k is like me coming up with 5 dollars.

  62. backindasaddle says: Dec 23, 2011 9:32 PM

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

  63. jmsincla says: Dec 23, 2011 9:33 PM

    Maybe he bounced the check to the charity’s feet.

  64. nuebby says: Dec 23, 2011 9:52 PM

    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.

  65. azusadave says: Dec 23, 2011 10:19 PM

    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.

  66. blackbelt4d says: Dec 23, 2011 10:27 PM

    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.

  67. cincybert says: Dec 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    How fitting would it be if McNabb’s last act in Minnesota was writing a check that bounced?

  68. deconjonesbitchslap says: Dec 23, 2011 10:40 PM

    so…they just haven’t followed through on the deal because they both forgot. nice misleading headline.

  69. laeaglefan says: Dec 23, 2011 10:54 PM

    McNabb probably doesn’t even know how to write a check. He’s got bookkeepers and accountants to do that mundane stuff for him.

  70. staph1nfection says: Dec 23, 2011 11:07 PM

    Kluwe is hilariously strange. I’m a fan.

  71. ragingmouse says: Dec 23, 2011 11:09 PM

    …Good one, “human fund” …classic Seinfeld

  72. nothimagain says: Dec 23, 2011 11:10 PM

    I’m gonna wait for Daniel Tosh to make a comment of a stereotypical nature first before I laugh really hard at this story.

  73. eagles512 says: Dec 23, 2011 11:10 PM

    What a punk…telling the press when he admits he hasn’t talked to mcnabb about it.

  74. captaintriumph says: Dec 23, 2011 11:51 PM

    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.

  75. vikesfan67 says: Dec 24, 2011 12:12 AM

    He’s not the first one to think he has something left in the tank…!!!!!!!

  76. tuckyous says: Dec 24, 2011 12:30 AM

    McNabb is to quarterback what North Korea is to democracy.

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    http://vikingsblog.weebly.com/index.html

  78. pressmephilly says: Dec 24, 2011 1:01 AM

    McNabb’s a jerkwad. He still asks mommy and daddy how o get dressed in the morning and what pajama’s to wear to bed at night.

  79. kingcobra0879 says: Dec 24, 2011 1:11 AM

    I’m not shocked at all. I’m from Philly and mcnabb never delivered here either!

  80. credible316 says: Dec 24, 2011 1:34 AM

    Did they look to see if the check was in front of their feet?

  81. vikingdoode says: Dec 24, 2011 1:53 AM

    McNabb wrote the check but it bounced a couple times.

  82. madisonave99 says: Dec 24, 2011 2:58 AM

    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

  83. bleed4philly says: Dec 24, 2011 3:03 AM

    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.

  84. donny05 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:22 AM

    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.

  85. tg1896 says: Dec 24, 2011 7:11 AM

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

  86. ssgonesolo says: Dec 24, 2011 7:38 AM

    Is this a case of… cash n carry… cash n fumble… or punt kick and pass????

  87. ssgonesolo says: Dec 24, 2011 7:45 AM

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

  88. deeppurple23 says: Dec 24, 2011 7:50 AM

    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.

  89. deeppurple23 says: Dec 24, 2011 7:53 AM

    And to think Rush Limbaugh got fired because he called DM a “good” QB and not a great one that wasn’t living up to the hype/perception.

  90. nickynick04 says: Dec 24, 2011 8:07 AM

    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…

  91. kws767 says: Dec 24, 2011 8:34 AM

    Typical….it’s a reflection on how they are raised IMHO.

  92. bkostela says: Dec 24, 2011 8:51 AM

    the players need to notarize!

  93. dcfan4life says: Dec 24, 2011 8:58 AM

    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…

  94. tombrookshire says: Dec 24, 2011 10:17 AM

    McNabb’s out of work and money’s tight right now.

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