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Chris Kluwe says goodbye to the Vikings

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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was expected to find out his status with the team on Monday, and now he has: Kluwe is saying goodbye to Minnesota.

The writing was on the wall for Kluwe when the Vikings selected punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round of the NFL draft, and after the Vikings got a look at Locke during last weekend’s rookie minicamp, they made the decision on Monday to let Kluwe go.

“So long, Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!” Kluwe wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to all the fans, my teammates, and the Wilf family for the past 8.5 years. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.”

Playing a decidedly low-profile position, Kluwe may be the NFL’s highest-profile punter. He has most recently become known for his advocacy of gay rights, but he has always been active in social media and outspoken about his opinions on everything from the dictates of the league office to Pro Football Hall of Fame voting.

The Vikings have acknowledged that they weren’t always thrilled with having such an outspoken punter, but this decision seems to be more a matter of the team thinking a younger, cheaper player can do the job better than about anything controversial Kluwe has said or done. If Kluwe is one of the 32 best punters out there, he’ll catch on somewhere else.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: May 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    Punters and Kickers are useless. If they are important to your team, you are a fan of a lost franchise. #Placekickersareawasteofmoney

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    He did well while he was here but the time had come for someone new. I’m sure he’ll get picked up by someone else. If not, we’ll know it’s because he draws so much attention to himself.

  3. theytukrjobs says: May 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    We’ll see how long he goes unclaimed. Some team out there probably needs a punter, but he might have to wait until someone falters to get a real shot.

  4. blantoncollier says: May 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    In a league that puts priority on the length of your socks, the way your shirt is tucked in and the proper color of your wristbands Chris Kluwe is a breath of fresh air.

    He is willing to take a stand on more than the direction of his punts. If owned a team, I would sign him today. I just don’t think too many other owners are going to sign a PUNTER with public opinions.

  5. frankgarrett says: May 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    Could we also say Good Bye to the Vikings Franchise as well??

  6. catquick says: May 6, 2013 12:02 PM

    He’ll catch on somewhere………lets hope not

  7. helixir1 says: May 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    Sports figures need to keep their political and social opinions to themselves. They are paid to run on the field not to run their mouth.

  8. threedeep1998 says: May 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    Thanks Chris. Keep fighting the good fight and hope you find another team soon! Good luck with the band stuff too. Skol!

  9. kylexitron says: May 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    I don’t see what the big deal is if professional athletes are outspoken as long as they sound educated and reasonable, something Kluwe has always managed.

  10. silvercrush33 says: May 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    Now its official, the Vikings really don’t have a Kluwe..

  11. vexey says: May 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    I personally agree with Kluwe’s stance but honestly… dude was inconsistent and downright bad at times last season so I doubt the Vikes cut him for being outspoken, and I hope there isn’t a witchhunt against them for this move

  12. satanicxhellxcreature says: May 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    And the Seahawks have found their newest punter.

  13. papasbasement says: May 6, 2013 12:05 PM

    He will be missed. The photos of him playing Magic the Gathering with AP are still the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

  14. isphet71 says: May 6, 2013 12:05 PM

    Have to wonder if a guy that quotes Douglas Adams is too cerebral and dare I say nerdy to “blend in” like other players in the NFL.

  15. justintuckrule says: May 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    Despicable. The NFL has turned into N. Korea.
    Say something that rocks the boat and a team will immediately draft your replacement and cut you.

    NFL has turned into a bland, boring product.

  16. tokyosandblaster says: May 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    Terrible franchise. Worst in league. This cements it.

    He’s better off without them.

  17. citizenstrange says: May 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    Kluwe we hardly knew ye.

  18. coutre says: May 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    So if he ends up coming out of the closet, will there be a Rooney Rule – let’s name it the Collins rule – for gay players/coaches/gms/front office folks?

  19. bleedinpurple says: May 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    This was simply due to the Vokings needing cap space, not his outspoken nature.

    Not that his poor performance and reluctance to listen to his coaches helped his cause either..

    Best of luck in the future.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: May 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    Kluwe gets cut for expressing his opinion. Chris Cook gets an attaboy for beating his girlfriend.

    That’s just how the Vikings roll.

  21. dluxxx says: May 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    That’s a damn shame. I guess it’s a business, but it’s hard not to think that this was more about his being outspoken than his performance.

  22. scoocha says: May 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    San Francisco seems like an obvious landing spot. Or possibly San Diego so he can hang out with the still closeted Te’o.

  23. thompgk says: May 6, 2013 12:09 PM

    Everybody wants politically active players on their team.

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 6, 2013 12:10 PM

    kylexitron says:May 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    I don’t see what the big deal is if professional athletes are outspoken as long as they sound educated and reasonable, something Kluwe has always managed.
    _______

    Apparently you never saw any of his deadspin articles, where every other word is a profanity. I don’t consider that “sounding educated.” Someone reasonable would also look at both sides of the issue and acknowledge that there are good arguments on both sides.

  25. alecanthony says: May 6, 2013 12:10 PM

    Great move by the Minnesota Vikings, He will be replaced just like Ryan Longwell was with an All-Pro Rookie Punter, and we won’t have to hear about the gay-rights movement every 5 seconds.. #SkolVikings

  26. dalcow4 says: May 6, 2013 12:11 PM

    While the hacks here repeatedly celebrate with glee when Tebow gets cut, they use Orwell-like Newspeak when one of their favs gets the ax:

    “Kluwe says goodbye to the Vikings”?

    Just be honest and straightforward and say Kluwe got cut.

  27. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 6, 2013 12:11 PM

    What I’m worried about is that by striking him down, Chris Kluwe will become more powerful than we ever imagined.

  28. nyfootballgiants says: May 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    People who perform below average are at risk for losing their jobs in any industry. Being a below average performer and outspoken is really putting the nail in your coffin.

    My feeling is that Kluwe put his needs to express himself over the needs of the team. Remember, this is the same guy who felt the need to cover the hall of fame patch on his jersey with a Ray Guy for Hall of Fame statement.

    Kluwe probably has a great future in a medium like talk radio – but sadly not in the NFL based on his stats last year.

  29. gatordontplay says: May 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    its about damn time, and for anyone who thinks he got cut because of being a gay rights activist you’re right but the main reason is because he sucks in more ways than 1

  30. cajunaise says: May 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    Suggested jersey number for Kluwe on his next team: 42.

  31. ptdennis says: May 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    The Vikings have acknowledged that they weren’t always thrilled with having such an outspoken punter

    So lame. I understand organizations want to have non political faces. What I have seen is that most NFL owners want to hide their Conservative roots and what I see is players getting cut because they accept the fact most of America is not full of Conservative billionaires.

    Shut up, let us make our big money on the clueless millions and you can make a buck for playing a game.

    Speak out and you will not get paid or have a job.

    Hitler and Stalin would be proud.

  32. arkraider says: May 6, 2013 12:16 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: May 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    Punters and Kickers are useless. If they are important to your team, you are a fan of a lost franchise. #Placekickersareawasteofmoney

    ________________________________

    Tell that to Tom Brady and Adam Vinatieri

  33. romosmicrodongs says: May 6, 2013 12:16 PM

    a minnesota player just became a free agent? alert the seahawks! they got the checkbook open

  34. liveandcrywithbills says: May 6, 2013 12:16 PM

    Its the same as the situation with The Bills last season. Moormans production dropped so they went with a fresh set of rookie legs that are also cheaper… no more, no less. Lose the drama.

  35. hashtagfaith says: May 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    How did you enjoy your competition, Chris? @justintuckrule, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Last year was not the first year Kluwe started chirping–its the first year he started sucking…and shanking. He sucks outdoors and the Vikes are moving to TCF Bank Stadium after this year.

  36. thestillcity says: May 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    In a league where the average player is about as smart as metal door hinge, it was gratifying to see an adult human being actually be able to articulate himself like an adult human being.

  37. brtdud7 says: May 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    @logicalvoicesays

    What kind of sperglord posts hashtags on PFT comments

  38. Stiller43 says: May 6, 2013 12:20 PM

    “If Kluwe is one of the 32 best punters out there, he’ll catch on somewhere else.”

    Ummm, not really. Teams could consider his age (37?), his willingness to speak out on hot button topics and the extra attention that will bring, the cost it will take to sign him, etc.

    Then they might think, “hell, for a yard less a punt, we can sign this undrafted rookie guy for 1/5th of the price and none of the headaches. Done”

  39. squared80 says: May 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Anyone who says that this was because of his outspoken-ness is totally uninformed or ignorant. Maybe both.

    As a Viking fan, I like Kluwe. And in uber-tolerant Minnesota, most agree with his views.

    HOWEVER, Sir Shanks-A-Lot was average to below average the last 2 seasons. Get a clue, and an elite football mind, too.

  40. dwarftosser says: May 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Kluwe is outspoken, but I don’t think that had much to do with this decision. He didn’t have the best year last year and it’s hard to justify paying a punter unless he is incredible. I’m surprised they didn’t keep him around to have a competition, but it’s honestly the best thing for him if the Vikings knew they wanted to move on. Now he’ll have a chance to get into another team’s camp and compete from the beginning.

  41. deweyaxewound says: May 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    I think the NFL needs more outspoken players like Kluwe, who aren’t afraid to have an opinion on social and political topics, and to voice them publicly.

    *Unless you’re a Christian. Or conservative. Then you just need to shut up and keep it to yourself…

    at least, that’s the media’s (double) standard.

  42. seattle2toronto12thmanconnection says: May 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    satanicxhellxcreature says: May 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    And the Seahawks have found their newest punter.

    Na, we already have the Ragin’ Reginian Jon Ryan.

    Feel free to cut Blair Walsh though, that is a position we need an upgrade at.

  43. mullman76 says: May 6, 2013 12:22 PM

    “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”

    ~Mahatma Gandhi~

  44. stainlessstill says: May 6, 2013 12:23 PM

    That first comment on this page is absolutley RIDICULOUS. One who doesn’t understand football in the slightest. Special Teams is one of the most intricate and important phases of the game. Field position wins ball games and puts the opposition in the dire need to either succeed or fail. Field position determines a ton of outcomes. Unreal the type of comments from “fans” on forums.

  45. cougar5999 says: May 6, 2013 12:23 PM

    Kluwe is one of the best ambassadors a team could want. He offered real comments instead of the same canned answers you always get from athletes who usually use a lot if words to say nothing. As a Vikings fan it’s a low day and to have suck a fun and intelligent player representing my team I have a hole I do not see being filled. The video game loving punter was on Colbert,Riley, Ellen, and invited to TED among much more and what other football player is doing that? People might point to his recent average but with a division with Hester he was forced to kick out of bounds or directionally but if allowed to kick like other punters he would return to a top 5 in average.

  46. nashz84 says: May 6, 2013 12:24 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out !!!!! Dude needs to know his role less talk and more on field performance

  47. ptdennis says: May 6, 2013 12:25 PM

    @kylexitron @silvercrush33

    I concur.

  48. rcali says: May 6, 2013 12:25 PM

    Hopefully we can now move on to football. This stuff is for the Oxygen or Oprah.com websites.

  49. baddegg says: May 6, 2013 12:25 PM

    I think it would be awesome if Kluwe and Tebow ended up on the same team.

  50. mn2long says: May 6, 2013 12:27 PM

    helixer1 says:

    “Sports figures need to keep their political and social opinions to themselves. They are paid to run on the field not to run their mouth.”

    And you are paid to make license plates

  51. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 6, 2013 12:29 PM

    I think this is a win-win. Kluwe and his support of cultural issues is fabulous but can be better served with a larger market team. Leslie Frasier gets rid of an outspoken guy who drew a lot of attention when he’s trying to get the Vikes to fly under the radar.

    I wish both sides good luck in their agenda

  52. inyofaceagain says: May 6, 2013 12:29 PM

    We saw it coming. Kluwe cant pin anybody behind the 20.

    Those of you claiming this is the new North Korea, WAKE UP! You obviously don’t know much about football. Jeff Locke will have a better season than Kluwe’s last one and he’ll do it for a third of the price. Kudos Rick Spielman!

  53. cuebert1962 says: May 6, 2013 12:29 PM

    To frankgarrett can we also say goodbye to you. Chris Kluwe is a fine punter, I just hope it was a youth movement and not because he has an opinion.

  54. deeppurple13 says: May 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    Good luck Klewe! I wish you success. Thanks for the good years. Skol!

  55. daysend564 says: May 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    His mouth is bigger than his foot

  56. ejmat2 says: May 6, 2013 12:32 PM

    First of all people need to understand it was not his mouth that got him cut. It was the fact he was expensive for a punter and his productivity was just not that great. He was not good at pinning teams deep. I’ve watched multiple line drive punts to players such as Devin Hester and Reggie Bush.

    Say what you want. The writing was on the wall with or without Klewe’s so-called distrations. I like the guy and I support him in his freedom of speech. Good for him. However, football is a business and much better players have been cut to make the team better. Not because of what they say to the media. He is a class act and he did a great job handling the situation thus far.

  57. farmmbig says: May 6, 2013 12:33 PM

    The Whiteboard at Vikings’ practice facility will be lonely now.

  58. jturner71 says: May 6, 2013 12:34 PM

    To the “football players should keep their opinions to themselves” crowd. Does that go for accountants, insurance salesman, and construction workers too? Or is it just athlete’s whose opinions should be silenced? The irony of you, whatever your profession, saying somebody else should keep quiet because of theirs is ridiculous on a lot of levels.

  59. fusstr8tedfinfan says: May 6, 2013 12:35 PM

    He’ll probably open a Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

  60. jmsieli says: May 6, 2013 12:38 PM

    Kluwe, as a fan in general, I love watching the game and I have watched you kick the ball for the last 8.5 years, you had one good year, you “pooched” the ball so many times last year, I can’t believe they didn’t get cut in tthe middle of the year, you stunk it up last year, it’s just that simple. Charch- from KFAN radio in the cities said he be disappointed if you got cut, that might be you calling, TALK RADIO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. cfbfan2013 says: May 6, 2013 12:39 PM

    Vikings had a shot to upgrade punter in the draft in a year where it was good to do it. Vikings and Lions made upgrades. About 5-8 more teams need to as well and may have in signing punters after the draft. He should get a shot somewhere with one of the teams who had a below average punter last year.

  62. steelwheeler says: May 6, 2013 12:40 PM

    Let the ‘he was cut because he was outspoken’ crowd commence…

    Fact is he has been outspoken the entire 8.5 years he was with the Vikes. I guess most of you here are probably of the ‘it’s always somebody else’s fault’ variety.

    He was inconsistent last year and is making 1.5 m/y. That may not sound like much but it is too much if you aren’t Andy Lee. Look at what he does with the field position game for the Niners. The Vikings understand that and they just made themselves better.

  63. thatswhatimsayin says: May 6, 2013 12:40 PM

    Devin Hester hopes Kluwe gets picked up by the Bears or Pack. How many times did Kluwe drop that ball perferctly into the arms of Hester. After his coach told him “whatever you do… don’t kick it to that man”. Then Kluwe takes to social media and proceeds to lecture people on how tough his job is. Priceless

  64. aberystwyth2 says: May 6, 2013 12:41 PM

    i like the “Hitchhiker’s guide” reference!

  65. blutbaddenbill says: May 6, 2013 12:41 PM

    he’d do well to go to another indoor team.

  66. shane42028 says: May 6, 2013 12:41 PM

    Thank god he is an ok punter who shanks punts every other game good bye you will not be missed

  67. stevent92 says: May 6, 2013 12:43 PM

    Thanks for your 8.5 years Chris. I disagree vehemently with your stances, but I don’t wish you any ill will in your profession. I’m sure you’ll catch on somewhere for another couple of years or so.

  68. Norseman says: May 6, 2013 12:43 PM

    Glad to hear Kluwe handled the move with class- at least so far.

    Undoubtedly he’ll get picked up by another team fairly quickly I bet.

    For the Vikings, the decision to draft Locke and release Kluwe was based on a number of factors:

    1) Kluwe is getting older, and showed signs last year that future production won’t be as good.

    2) Salary cap. Kluwe’s salary is $1.45 million. Locke will probably start at about a million less. That’s enough to sign (or help sign) a descent player.

    3) Kluwe is a distraction, and doesn’t respond to coaches. Ignoring your coaches wishes, trying to make the headlines every week as an NFL punter isn’t professional. It’s not about what views you have, its about being focused on football and understanding your role.

    4) Locke has more to offer. As a left-footed punter his punts are more difficult to field, he has better inside the 20 punting percentage, can kick too if need be, has better hang time.

    These are all good football reasons to make a change. Done.

  69. granadafan says: May 6, 2013 12:45 PM

    Interesting how the guys who were most vocal in fighting against intolerant bigotry are now out of jobs in the same year.

  70. flavadave10 says: May 6, 2013 12:46 PM

    Wow! Only Chris Kluwe would work in a reference to The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy into his announcement that he’s been cut.

  71. flavadave10 says: May 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    isphet71 says:
    May 6, 2013 12:05 PM
    Have to wonder if a guy that quotes Douglas Adams is too cerebral and dare I say nerdy to “blend in” like other players in the NFL.
    —————————————–

    Well teams put up with drug users, egomaniacs, and people with multiple DUIs, so they can suck i tup and accept someone who’s “nerdy”.

  72. bowmanj35 says: May 6, 2013 12:48 PM

    silvercrush says it best, its rare when I can say I really lol, but on that I did.

  73. CKL says: May 6, 2013 12:49 PM

    isphet71 says:
    May 6, 2013 12:05 PM
    Have to wonder if a guy that quotes Douglas Adams is too cerebral and dare I say nerdy to “blend in” like other players in the NFL.
    _____________________________
    Nahh…my team’s punter is a little geeky, and VERY VERY smart but he’s awesome as a person and punter. I think he could actually run the world. #Meskoworlddomination.

    I wonder if McNabb still owes Kluwe money for his jersey? He may be getting a phone call now if he does. :D

  74. cptkickurass says: May 6, 2013 12:49 PM

    Chris, good luck in the future and shanks for everything!!

  75. blacknole08 says: May 6, 2013 12:50 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:May 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    Punters and Kickers are useless. If they are important to your team, you are a fan of a lost franchise.

    ——————————————————–

    Says the guy who’s team has gone through kickers (Graham Gano, Billy Cundiff, Shaun Suisham, John Hall LOL)
    and punters (Hunter Smith lol, now Rocca) like water.

    Good luck finding work Kluwe.

  76. seaeagle707 says: May 6, 2013 12:50 PM

    You can run your mouth 24/7 and the team won’t care (witness Richard Sherman), if you’re an ace on the field. Kluwe wasn’t an ace, and now he’s gone. This isn’t rocket science.

  77. peaceispimp says: May 6, 2013 12:52 PM

    “helixir1 says:
    May 6, 2013 12:03 PM
    Sports figures need to keep their political and social opinions to themselves. They are paid to run on the field not to run their mouth.”

    and what are you paid to do?

  78. whatjusthapped says: May 6, 2013 12:52 PM

    Let’s face reality, in the 101 top factors why the Vikings haven’t won a playoff game in years, the punting wouldn’t even crack the top 99.

    Qb play is probably #1 if you are willing to overlook 12 men in the huddle. Never the less, Kluwe has just improved his chances at a Superbowl ring just by leaving Minnesota.

  79. imheretopointoutpackfanhypocrisy says: May 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    Meanwhile, on some other team a punter was cut. This story however was covered by………. NO ONE

  80. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: May 6, 2013 12:56 PM

    Love this guy, he even got a hitchhikers guide reference in there.

  81. duncanthecat says: May 6, 2013 12:57 PM

    Should have never come out of the closet.

  82. Christian says: May 6, 2013 12:58 PM

    Awesome that he worked in a reference to HITCH-HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY in his farewell. Kluwe’s got style and class. Good luck to him.

  83. deliveredbysherpa says: May 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    helixir1 says: May 6, 2013 12:03 PM

    Sports figures need to keep their political and social opinions to themselves. They are paid to run on the field not to run their mouth.

    _______

    Didn’t know that a who pays you (or how much you are paid) precludes you from your FIRST AMENDMENT rights.

  84. skolvikes37 says: May 6, 2013 1:00 PM

    justintuckrule. you ever think they may have gotten rid of him because he was an extremely inconsistent punter? some of his punts went for 20 yards…maybe!! this is a league of what have you done for me lately, not what have you done in past, and basically kluwe sucked last year. i think he’s hilarious but if you’re not producing then its time to go

  85. gbmickey says: May 6, 2013 1:02 PM

    If Kluwe was so terrible last year how not one Viking fan voiced getting rid of him then? From what I read he had the highest net average he has ever had which tells me his views didnt sit well in the offices.

  86. bubbamonkey100 says: May 6, 2013 1:02 PM

    Job security for players at the end of their careers, come out as gay and dare teams to cut you.

  87. thebadguyswon says: May 6, 2013 1:03 PM

    Lesson learned here: if you play a non-premium position you are not granted the leverage to use a soapbox.

    Go into politics, Kluwe. Probably suits you better.

  88. nomoreseasontix says: May 6, 2013 1:03 PM

    “Thanks for all the fish”

    Great line…

  89. dashmooz says: May 6, 2013 1:04 PM

    deliveredbysherpa

    No one violated Chris Kluwe’s rights. He has a right to run his mouth, and he exercised that right. What the First Amendment does NOT protect you from is the CONSEQUENCES of exercising your First Amendment rights.

    The First Amendment says that the govt can’t pass a law restricting your right to free speech. The Vikings do not have to continue to employ him if they are tired of his media publicity and always complaining about ‘the man.’

    People that trumpet the ‘First Amendment is getting trampled’ sign don’t seem to understand it very well.

  90. ohioviking says: May 6, 2013 1:04 PM

    Too many shanked punts last couple years. Nice guy but saving a million bucks with a rookie that could have a stronger leg that punts and kicks off is ok.

    Now get Jared Allen to restructure his deal and sign Dansby!

  91. rayburns says: May 6, 2013 1:05 PM

    Chris Kluwe was a refreshing breath of fresh air for a league that has become more and more concerned about its ‘image’ rather than its substance.

  92. tomcous says: May 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    Many a player has their own opinion & said things that are offensive to different groups … the bottom line here was business!

    To the Vikings credit they did not prolong the situation & gave a Veteran player the chance to find work elsewhere.

    Special Teams play an integral part in Football & sometimes younger & cheaper is a necessity … especially when you’ve got 3 first round draft picks to sign & a salary cap to deal with!

  93. jusford says: May 6, 2013 1:07 PM

    But more importantly, what’s going to happen to Tripping Icarus?

  94. harrisonhits2 says: May 6, 2013 1:12 PM

    Love this guy hope he catches on elsewhere.

  95. prmpft says: May 6, 2013 1:13 PM

    and hopefully – that’s goodby to ALL of us.

  96. justintuckrule says: May 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    @skolvikes – if he stunk so bad, why didn’t they cut him earlier on then instead of waiting until after he took a more public stance on gay rights?

  97. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    Glad to see Vikes have their priorities straight…

  98. therealpittbull says: May 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    See ya Chris. I’m sure you will find better things to do with your time. You have up til this point, which cost you your job.

  99. chillyball says: May 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    Everyone knows Mitch Berger was the Vikings best punter.

  100. th56 says: May 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    This had nothing to do with his outspoken views. If he would have been better at the short punts and not shanked punts in critical game, he would still be here. The fact is that Kluwe was very inconsistent last year, The same thing happened with Longwell. A decent kicker who was very accurate up to 42 yards, but could not kick it deep. There was no controversy with Longwell in almost the exact situation last year. I hope Kluwe the best. I like him as a person and support his views, but this is football, and this was a football decision.

  101. albertmn says: May 6, 2013 1:22 PM

    thatswhatimsayin says:
    May 6, 2013 12:40 PM
    Devin Hester hopes Kluwe gets picked up by the Bears or Pack. How many times did Kluwe drop that ball perferctly into the arms of Hester. After his coach told him “whatever you do… don’t kick it to that man”. Then Kluwe takes to social media and proceeds to lecture people on how tough his job is. Priceless
    __________________________
    Not sure how it helps Hester if the Bears pick him up……

  102. trojanwarrior007 says: May 6, 2013 1:23 PM

    I guess with Ayanbadejo and Kluwe, the NFL isn’t ready for gay players.

  103. albertmn says: May 6, 2013 1:23 PM

    I wish Kluwe the best of luck and would expect him to find work. Hope he keeps being himself, whether it’s his nerdiness, his band, or speaking out on his beliefs.

  104. randy8123 says: May 6, 2013 1:24 PM

    Great Hitchhiker goodbye.

  105. motsuret06 says: May 6, 2013 1:24 PM

    Kluwe will land somewhere else but his position on a hot button issue will not do him any favors with another club who does not want all of the media attention. He should do his job and seek another venue to express his views on current events. It is what it is…John Fox

  106. mediasloppy says: May 6, 2013 1:28 PM

    Thanks for the reference on The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy quote. It fits perfectly into Minnesota and its 10,000+ lakes. Fishing year round is almost a way of life around there.

  107. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: May 6, 2013 1:35 PM

    Yeah, well he’s no Brian Moorman

  108. briang123 says: May 6, 2013 1:35 PM

    The message here: If you are a has-been and on your way out of the NFL, start being loud and vocal in support of “controversial” (hardy har har, not controversial at all to support gay marriage) positions so you can make a career of being a victim of getting cut for your views instead of because you didn’t have it anymore. Heck, you might even be able to set up a lawsuit or two!

  109. mountaindont says: May 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    “I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.”….I bet you would have traded it for a SB ring. Now you may actually have a chance.

  110. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    thatswhatimsayin says:May 6, 2013 12:40 PM

    Devin Hester hopes Kluwe gets picked up by the Bears or Pack. How many times did Kluwe drop that ball perferctly into the arms of Hester.
    ______

    So Hester wants the Bears to pick him up so he has an easier time in practice?

  111. duece5 says: May 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    blantoncollier says: May 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    In a league that puts priority on the length of your socks, the way your shirt is tucked in and the proper color of your wristbands Chris Kluwe is a breath of fresh air.

    He is willing to take a stand on more than the direction of his punts. If owned a team, I would sign him today. I just don’t think too many other owners are going to sign a PUNTER with public opinions.

    duece5 says:
    Then you are clueless on what he averaged last year inside the 20……ranked 31st, AND he had more shanks than us Viking fans can count.

    If you are a Viking fan, you are rejoicing because he just wasn’t good anymore……AND he would not listen AT ALL to his Special Teams coach, which was well-documented.

    So, sure, take a guy ranked 31st, and basically ignores his direct superviser!!!

  112. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 6, 2013 1:37 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    Glad to see Vikes have their priorities straight…
    _______

    What does that even mean?

  113. rhusby28 says: May 6, 2013 1:42 PM

    Kluwe is 31 and was due 1.45 million. His most horrible games last year were played in cold weather. With the Vikings playing at TCF for two years; Locke gives them a younger, cheaper, and more reliable punter for the future. People should take this for what this is. It was just business. Just like Longwell last year.

  114. deeppurple23 says: May 6, 2013 1:44 PM

    Good luck Chris. Frank you’re an idiot.

  115. laxcoach37 says: May 6, 2013 1:53 PM

    I think @seaeagle707 said it best. You can be outspoken, but you better be a Star at your position. He clearly was expendable for performance, money and “maybe” being outspoken. Personally, I don’t understand why Football players need to open their mouths or Twitter this stuff. I have an opinion of Gay rights and I keep it to myself at my workplace. It is not a matter of if you are For or Against. Mike Wallace was not being Anti-Gay, just questioning why with all the pretty women around him. Kluwe is not Gay himself, just speaking up for the right for others to be. I see nothing wrong with either, except for the fact that the Dolphins and Vikings did not want their comments to be associated as the Football Club’s stance.

  116. thatswhatimsayin says: May 6, 2013 1:53 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 6, 2013 1:36 PM
    thatswhatimsayin says:May 6, 2013 12:40 PM

    Devin Hester hopes Kluwe gets picked up by the Bears or Pack. How many times did Kluwe drop that ball perferctly into the arms of Hester.
    ______

    So Hester wants the Bears to pick him up so he has an easier time in practice?

    ————————————————–
    Check that! Lions and Packers. nice catch

  117. orcheon says: May 6, 2013 2:02 PM

    Yet another victim of rookie contract structuring.

  118. audient says: May 6, 2013 2:03 PM

    Don’t panic, Chris. A hoopy frood like you will be signed faster than the commencement of tortured screams of agony at a Vogon poetry reading. And if not, just use the improbability drive. Kinda makes you wish you’d listened to what your mother said when you were young, doesn’t it?

    And at punter, number 42…

  119. saxmachine69 says: May 6, 2013 2:03 PM

    @justintuckrule he’s been an advocate of gay rights for years. He had the worst year of his average at best career and got cut for it. The only thing his outspoken beliefs have effected is the attention his release has received. He was a declining player who was getting paid higher than his production warranted, a very common event in the nfl. Anyone who wants to make this political is just ignorant

  120. tokyosandblaster says: May 6, 2013 2:05 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 6, 2013 12:11 PM
    What I’m worried about is that by striking him down, Chris Kluwe will become more powerful than we ever imagined.

    —-

    The only time I’ve ever laughed at a Viking fan’s attemp to be funny.

  121. justintuckrule says: May 6, 2013 2:09 PM

    “Glad to see Vikes have their priorities straight”
    ———
    @rick spielman – clever quote by Carl Gerbsmidt. The Vikes priorities are “straight” as in “no gays allowed”. Get it now?

  122. 11inthebox says: May 6, 2013 2:10 PM

    @ thestillcity who says:
    In a league where the average player is about as smart as metal door hinge, it was gratifying to see an adult human being actually be able to articulate himself like an adult human being.
    ———————————
    Wow. Pretty definitive statement. So you have actual proof that in a league (consisting of approximately 1600 players) that the average player lacks intelligence?

    Or does it just seem that way because sites like this one only print stories of players doing and/or saying dumb things?

  123. obsessedvikingfan says: May 6, 2013 2:19 PM

    Let’s try this again and see if it gets deleted.

    They got someone younger, cheaper and better. Nothing to do with his stance on gay rights.

  124. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 6, 2013 2:22 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:May 6, 2013 2:05 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 6, 2013 12:11 PM
    What I’m worried about is that by striking him down, Chris Kluwe will become more powerful than we ever imagined.

    —-

    The only time I’ve ever laughed at a Viking fan’s attemp to be funny.
    _____

    You should check the non-Vikings and non-Packers stories. I kill there.

  125. thejuddstir says: May 6, 2013 2:26 PM

    Look for “Vikings West” to sign him, Petey Carroll can’t believe his good luck.

  126. emptyjay429 says: May 6, 2013 2:34 PM

    Chris is truly a class act and will land a new gig soon enough. Thanks for the service and good luck, Chris!

  127. dalcow4 says: May 6, 2013 2:40 PM

    And of course where we saw the “Another team doesn’t want Tebow” hourly update, we’ll see the “Another team blackballs human rights activist Kluwe” nonsense.

  128. burds358 says: May 6, 2013 2:43 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    May 6, 2013 12:00 PM
    Punters and Kickers are useless. If they are important to your team, you are a fan of a lost franchise. #Placekickersareawasteofmoney
    ____________________________________

    Lol. Four words: Shaun Suisham. Wide left.

  129. albinorhino49 says: May 6, 2013 2:51 PM

    Illogical says that, then watch Washington will sign him. Yup, sounds about right. Lol!

  130. justintuckrule says: May 6, 2013 2:58 PM

    @sexmachine – He may have been a gay rights advocate for years but it wasn’t until recently that he received the publicity he’s getting. If he stunk so bad, like every team who’s punter’s stunk, why didn’t the Vikes cut him early on?

  131. wdnemesis says: May 6, 2013 3:05 PM

    He actually had a pretty good career here. 8.5 years is a long time and he was arguably one of the most talked about and the most outspoken Viking. He was not useless but vikes felt they needed young talent. Kluwe was too comfortable at his position.

  132. smstevens88 says: May 6, 2013 3:06 PM

    Yeah I’m pretty sure they told Jim Brown to just keep his mouth shut and play football too?

  133. slickster35 says: May 6, 2013 3:08 PM

    Shut up and play, morons.

  134. taintedsaints2009 says: May 6, 2013 3:32 PM

    So long kluwe. He always had a refreshing sense of humor. Call in to the morning show

  135. saxmachine69 says: May 6, 2013 3:35 PM

    @justintuckrule (the name is sAxmachine btw) – he was not released earlier because he was their best option at the time. I never suggested he was not an nfl capable punter, or the worst in the league, just below average. There are not punters sitting on the streets during the season who can just step in and be above average players, or they’d have jobs already. Once opportunity to upgrade presented itself in the draft the Vikings opted for the younger, cheaper and better option. Again, something exteremely common at any nfl position. There’s nothing more to it. This happens on a near daily basis for players of every position. If this were Amy other punter in the league with similar stats, it would barely get mention on a sports news ticker feed, however because this below average punter happens to be the most vocal advocate of gay rights of any player in the league, it makes headlines. And then people want to turn it into something it’s not. If you want to continue to believe that nfl teams will cut players simply for voicing their positive opinions about gay rights, and at the same time give multiple opportunities to rapists and woman abusers, then so be it. But your buying into the contrived media propaganda rather than looking at the simple facts and making the logical connections

  136. vikesfansteve says: May 6, 2013 3:43 PM

    He shanked kicks, plain and simple. Line drive kicks returned for easy TD’s. 10 yd pathetic attempts. When you needed a huge punt the opponent would get the ball at the Vikings 40. Forget getting a punt more than 30 yds in the wind or outdoors in Dec or Jan. Then to top it off he stopped being able to put it inside the 20. He can’t tackle either. Hopefully he plays against the Vikings and shanks a couple of 10 yarders but he will probably pull a Madieu Williams who did nothing as a Viking but then returned an INT for a TD against the Vikings with the Redskins. Ugh. Bye Kluwe.

  137. seals1 says: May 6, 2013 3:58 PM

    Let’s not get social platforms and ideas mixed up with 3 hrs every Sunday. Very smart guy but any Viking fan that truly watched every game last year groaned at least 50% of the time he was on field. He was not good last year but he still has a huge leg and will find a job.

    As for Charch saying he would be disappointed if he got cut,,,,,,,,,,Charch is more into Video games and fantasy points than anything else.

    Good Luck Seattle Chris.

  138. theclaim says: May 6, 2013 4:02 PM

    albinorhino49 says:
    May 6, 2013 2:51 PM
    Illogical says that, then watch Washington will sign him. Yup, sounds about right. Lol!

     Sav Rocca says” No, We Won’t!”

  139. joeyashwi says: May 6, 2013 4:15 PM

    In the defense of the Vikings, as long as they have Ponder at QB, the punter is indeed a very important position on the team. Kluwe wasn’t getting it done. Is it easier to find a new QB or new punter? Exactly! Field position is key and Kluwe was starting to shank a lot of punts. At least they can hand the ball off to Adrian to mask Ponder’s deficiencies. It’s impossible to hide a punter’s faults.

  140. swedishfish14 says: May 6, 2013 4:27 PM

    QUESTION:
    Do you support gay rights?
    Thumbs up for yes. Thumbs down for no.
    I vote very strongly “Yes.”

  141. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: May 6, 2013 4:27 PM

    I want to see Chris Kluwe and Tim Tebow land a reality TV series together. Valuable lessons about life, the universe, and everything are learned as these two media-darling ex NFL players share an apartment and try to break back into the League.

    I don’t know what to title it, but I’d sure as excrement watch it. Lords of Kobol, hear my prayer: make this happen. So say we all.

  142. 7ransponder says: May 6, 2013 4:31 PM

    dalcow4 says:
    May 6, 2013 12:11 PM
    While the hacks here repeatedly celebrate with glee when Tebow gets cut, they use Orwell-like Newspeak when one of their favs gets the ax:

    “Kluwe says goodbye to the Vikings”?

    Just be honest and straightforward and say Kluwe got cut.

    ————————————-

    Your anti-establishment clothes are showing there man. If you were paying attention, you’d see that before this story there was one with the headline “Vikings announce release of Kluwe”, which is in the same vein of what you’re trying to say here. The story was titled the way it was because it was a follow up mentioning how Kluwe said goodbye.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a shower – I feel dirty after defending the editors here ;)

  143. drycanada says: May 6, 2013 4:37 PM

    @helixir1 you should take your own advice and keep your opinions on this matter to yourself.

    The only stat that was worse for Kluwe this past year was punts downed inside the 20. Everything else was right at his career avg. He was right around the 14-18th best punter in the league which about dead center.

    Saying that his outspokenness had nothing to do with it is pretty naive.

    Good job vikes on keeping the guy who beat the crap out of his wife and letting the guy who’s intelligent leave…. but it all comes down to what you do on the field.

  144. purpwalk says: May 6, 2013 4:50 PM

    next governor of mn
    jesse ventura will be his consultant

  145. kombayn says: May 6, 2013 5:17 PM

    Since the Raiders lost Shane Lechler to the Texas, I think Oakland would be a great landing spot for Chris Kluwe. We all know that Kluwe can still play the game.

    I also don’t think he would be a distraction, as the Raiders have always embraced the brash non-sense speak their mind type of players. I also don’t think he would be a distraction with his advocacy.

    He would be living in the Bay Area and would probably be embraced rather quickly by the LGBT community. He would also be able to do his activism if he likes.

    Plus living in San Francisco or the East Bay’s hipster style areas of the community, whichever he preferred would be a great place to live.

    Kluwe will land on his feet, or he can go play Warcraft and join tournaments or just write more articles for Deadspin, lol. I support Kluwe though.

  146. raidermark says: May 6, 2013 5:43 PM

    The headline should have read, “the Vikings say good “bi” to Kluwe”. Lol. And no the a Raiders have no interest in an average punter. Hope you had fun an Ellen.

  147. aeuthentic says: May 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    Kluwe was the best punter to ever play for the Vikings, and is better than Locke.

  148. aeuthentic says: May 6, 2013 5:48 PM

    To the people saying Kluwe had bad stats, heres a quote;

    “I was asked by my coaches to try and hit the ball shorter, higher, and towards the numbers so our coverage guys would have an easier job. There were multiple times I hit a 48-52 yard punt with 4.6-4.8 seconds of hangtime (which is a perfectly good punt) and I got graded poorly by my special teams coach because it went over 44 yards. ” -Kluwe

  149. imaginesuperbowlwin says: May 6, 2013 5:52 PM

    I will miss you, Chris. But you sir, are no Ray Guy.

  150. somatg3 says: May 6, 2013 6:15 PM

    wow- all this for a punter?! Kluwe was making 1.5 mil a year and struggled kicking outdoors. vikes drafted a strong legged punter that they only have to pay $400k a year to and because they will be playing 2 of the next 3 seasons out doors. pretty simple decision. save 1.1 mil on the cap. doesnt have to be any more or less than that.

  151. trevor123698 says: May 6, 2013 6:39 PM

    cya later kluwe Hope I never hear another word from you again

  152. tigerlilac says: May 6, 2013 6:50 PM

    Kluwe is the man! He has more courage than anyone in the NFL, players, coaches, owners, front office, league office, you name it. He produces on the filed and stands up for what he believes. Anyone with any testes, no matter your political persuasion, has to appreciate Kluwe.

  153. dalcow4 says: May 6, 2013 8:08 PM

    “Your anti-establishment clothes are showing there man. If you were paying attention, you’d see that before this story there was one with the headline “Vikings announce release of Kluwe”, which is in the same vein of what you’re trying to say here. The story was titled the way it was because it was a follow up mentioning how Kluwe said goodbye.”

    ————————————————

    False. You missed the truth by four hours.

    “Vikings release Kluwe” was the followup, not the other way around. “Pay attention” indeed.

  154. bballnut50 says: May 6, 2013 11:06 PM

    Ding Dong the witch is dead!! Skol purple! All you haters now know what true Viking fans know. It is addition by subtraction!!

  155. drelms says: May 7, 2013 12:19 AM

    They use to say a squeaky wheel gets oiled, I guess we have to update that saying and go with a squeaky hamster gets shoved up their ass. Let’s go closet boys come on out and see where it leads you.

  156. captcrunch5019 says: May 7, 2013 11:44 AM

    The NFL is perhaps one of the most open minded organizations in the world. They have one caveat, win!

  157. johnnytarr says: May 7, 2013 11:09 PM

    satanicxhellxcreature says:
    May 6, 2013 12:04 PM
    And the Seahawks have found their newest punter
    ===================
    He was already there & cut before the Vikings got him.

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