Earlier on Thursday we brought you some negative comments from retired wide receiver Joe Horn about the penalties handed down to Saints coach Sean Payton and others by commissioner Roger Goodell.
As you’d imagine, he doesn’t speak for all past and present NFL players. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was on the Judd & Phunn show on ESPN Radio in Minneapolis on Thursday and he had a very different take on the matter. He thinks Goodell’s punishment of Payton was appropriate, that he didn’t come down hard enough on Gregg Williams and he hopes that Jonathan Vilma, who allegedly offered $10,000 to anyone who knocked Kluwe’s teammate out of the NFC Championship Game, gets kicked out of the league for good.
“My position has always been that I think Vilma and Gregg Williams should be banned for life and then Payton should get a year, their GM should get a year and anyone who knowingly took money after a hit that injured someone should get a year as well,” Kluwe said.
Kluwe is no stranger to public statements about issues going on in the world of football. He slammed Goodell and the league for their video tutorial about illegal hits and again during the lockout. He also took issue with some of his fellow players for their behavior during the lockout.
Kluwe, who also took to Twitter with some harsh words about calling anyone who spoke to the NFL about the bounty program a snitch, also called on the NFLPA to make it clear that the Saints players who were part of the bounty program did something wrong.
“It has to stand for doing the right thing as well, and that means protecting union members who were the ones that were the victims of getting injured. You can’t look at the (NFLPA) as a shield for the guys who are doing the wrong thing. It has to be a shield for the guys who need that protection.”
Whether you agree with it or not, it’s hard not to like a player willing to be honest about situations that impact the game.