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Minnesota governor questions Vikings’ release of Chris Kluwe

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Maybe it’s a good thing to build and upgrade stadiums without public money, after all.

For the Vikings, who enlisted and embraced Minnesota governor Mark Dayton’s assistance and support for the construction of a new venue partially with taxpayer dollars, the hidden cost includes giving the politician’s future rants a bit more credence.

Dayton reportedly has questioned the team’s decision to cut punter Chris Kluwe.  According to KMSP-TV, Dayton expressed on Wednesday the view that the Vikings should have let Kluwe compete for his job — and that the team wasn’t being transparent about its reasons for cutting Kluwe.

Dayton seems to think the decision was tied to Kluwe’s support for same-sex marriage.  That’s something the Vikings have denied.

While it would be naïve to assume that Kluwe’s off-field interests didn’t become at least an ingredient in the stew that resulted in the decision to use a fifth-round pick on Jeff Locke, Dayton’s belief that Kluwe should have had a chance to compete misses the point.

If there were a competition, the odds would have been stacked in favor of the younger, cheaper draft pick.  And so Kluwe would have ended up being cut at a point in the offseason calendar when it would have been too late to find another job.

The Vikings did Kluwe no favors by drafting Locke, but they definitely threw Kluwe a bone by cutting him sooner rather than later.

And if Kluwe’s off-field issues were a factor, it’s likely not because the Vikings oppose same-sex marriage.  Football teams don’t like distractions, and if there’s a younger, cheaper player who is deemed to be equally competent and who will present fewer potential non-football issues, that player will get the job every time.

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  1. kerryc21realty says: May 8, 2013 3:02 PM

    I’m so sick of this crap, now teams can’t keep or release a player without the governor responding, and the president calling Jason Collins because he said he was gay. STOP IT !!!q

  2. thestrategyexpert says: May 8, 2013 3:03 PM

    I agree that releasing Kluwe was a bad choice. The Vikings made a mistake, but not for the reasons that Dayton says so about keeping him to compete.

    The Vikes should have traded Kluwe for something when they had the chance. If he had no trade value this year, then they should have traded him last year since they weren’t able to win with him anyhow, or the year before that, or all the way back to the year he joined the team.

    The bottom line is the Vikes never got the job done and Kluwe’s entire career was an effective waste as they utilized him until all of his exit-strategy-trade-value was depleted. The name of the game is to win with your players, or sell them for a material advantage for the future if you can’t win with them.

    The Vikings did neither and the only question is when was the optimal time to find a more efficient choice on what to do with this player. You need to figure these things out in advance, not in hindsight.

  3. raiders12 says: May 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    Way to go MEDIA. Way to make something of nothing.

  4. logicalvoiceshouldsay says: May 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    I wish Mark Dayton was the Governor of my beloved Washington DC. He’d clean up this state.

  5. halvo317 says: May 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    No. The Vikings saved a million dollars going to a punter significantly younger and with a higher potential.

  6. logicalvoiceshouldsay says: May 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    Can Kluwe play QB? Since RGIII-and-out is done for the year with the bum knee, the Skins could use some help behind center.

  7. thestatsishere says: May 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    Honestly, I’m with Florio. Punters don’t need to be talking politics. Politics belongs on the podium. I hope Kluwe gets a job, but I understand where the Vikings are coming from.

  8. jimbo75025 says: May 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    ………and this is the concern with the gay player issue.

    Most do not care if a player is gay or not, but no team wants distractions. Those on either side of the fence will make any pro/anti gay statement a distraction for their own arguments/purposes. Durned if your gay and durned if your straight.

  9. halvo317 says: May 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    If the Vikings hated the gays, why did they let Favre play?

  10. thisonesforpat says: May 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    Question all you want. What were his stats last year? Wiki:

    Career, Stats at NFL.com:

    Punts: 623
    Punt Yards: 27,683
    Punting Yard Average: 44.4

    He’s no bum but I don’t need a governor meddling…

  11. enochmh2 says: May 8, 2013 3:07 PM

    So this is how its gonna be if/when a gay player should get cut. Pathetic

  12. inyofaceagain says: May 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    That’s too bad, Mark Dayton is usually a bright guy. This time he sounds like a fool.

  13. schmitty2 says: May 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:May 8, 2013 3:03 PM

    I agree that releasing Kluwe was a bad choice. The Vikings made a mistake, but not for the reasons that Dayton says so about keeping him to compete.

    The Vikes should have traded Kluwe for something when they had the chance. If he had no trade value this year, then they should have traded him last year since they weren’t able to win with him anyhow, or the year before that, or all the way back to the year he joined the team.

    The bottom line is the Vikes never got the job done and Kluwe’s entire career was an effective waste as they utilized him until all of his exit-strategy-trade-value was depleted. The name of the game is to win with your players, or sell them for a material advantage for the future if you can’t win with them.

    The Vikings did neither and the only question is when was the optimal time to find a more efficient choice on what to do with this player. You need to figure these things out in advance, not in hindsight.

    Once again your trying to sound smart…give it a rest man!

  14. tokyosandblaster says: May 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    So does everyone not wearing girly purple

  15. schmitty2 says: May 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    Given the state of Minnesota’s economy..I would think governor Dayton should have more important things to worry about IMO.

  16. jimbo75025 says: May 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    @thestrategyexpert :

    What is the last time anyone traded for a punter? Even more, an average punter with a high salary? Face it, decent/average punters (which Kluwe is) can be picked up for a fraction of Cluwes salary without expending any draft picks and all teams know that.

  17. smartman415 says: May 8, 2013 3:12 PM

    He is a punter with a big mouth bringing who is bringing a lot of unneeded media attention to his organization. It’s no wonder him and Brendon Ayanbadejo got cut from there respective teams and probably will not get re signed. if your going to open your mouth and bring media distractions on such a controversial subject don’t be shocked if/when you get cut….unless you are Peyton Manning or Tom Brady you can open your mouth on what ever, because there roster spots are pretty safe

  18. inyofaceagain says: May 8, 2013 3:12 PM

    Dayton said “the team should have let Kluwe compete for the job”

    This was offered and Kluwe, smart fella that he is, already knew what time it was. He saw the writing on the wall and asked to be let go.

    If Kluwe is such a great punter that deserves a job, then it is still plenty early to get one. Vikes did this guy a favor!

  19. jimbo75025 says: May 8, 2013 3:13 PM

    halvo317 says:May 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    If the Vikings hated the gays, why did they let Favre play?
    ————-
    Hmm, wasn’t Favre perving on a somewhat cute chick with implants. In the words of Chris Rock, “I’m not gonna say I’ve been there, but I understand.”

  20. maximusprime107 says: May 8, 2013 3:14 PM

    Or maybe it had to do with the fact that Kluwe was terrible last year

  21. inyofaceagain says: May 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: May 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    So does everyone not wearing girly purple

    ————

    Purple is the color of royalty. Kings wear purple.

    Puke green and urine yellow are so much better looking on you Packer fans.

  22. 27xplayoffs says: May 8, 2013 3:16 PM

    Hey! Maybe the Vikes can put that $1M in savings to offset the revenue they knew they would never realize from the e-pulltabs!

    What’s that you say? Zygi would rather we paid for the new staidum? Oh, okay then. Nevermind. We’ll get it.

  23. matthewcarlson1 says: May 8, 2013 3:16 PM

    Let’s play count the Packers!!! Here’s the rules: count how many moronic comments packer fans can put on one article. and nomatter what, we all lose.

  24. rkt4mayor says: May 8, 2013 3:17 PM

    Mind your business Guv!

    Last I checked this is not yet the Soviet Union and private businesses don’t have to answer to political commissars….yet anyways.

  25. tdrizzle74 says: May 8, 2013 3:18 PM

    Kluwe 2012 rankings

    ranked 31st in punts inside the 20 yard line, 22nd in net punt average….

    You probably shouldn’t have a great expectation to keep your job if you are ranked in the bottom 1/3rd of your chosen career field…no matter how outspoken you are about gay marriage.

  26. reasonisthereason says: May 8, 2013 3:19 PM

    Your final paragraph summarizes this issue perfectly.

  27. romo4life says: May 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    Focus on politics dude

  28. daysend564 says: May 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    Democrat…

  29. smartman415 says: May 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    Also this is just the start of problems for the NFL. What is going to happen when a straight player starts getting the feeling that he is going to get cut in training camp so then he decides to “come out”? Once he gets cut can he then sue that organization for cutting him “because he was gay”? (probably in todays world). the NFL needs to put a end to this now and put in a “Don’t ask Don’t tell” policy…..like soon

  30. whiskeywaters says: May 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    please….Dayton stick to politics or whatever it is you do on a daily basis. It was a business decision coupled with the fact that Mike Priefer and Kluwe did not see eye to eye most of the time. Add to that, the Vikings drafted a punter in the 5th round who will make 1/3 of what Kluwe was going to make this year. Once I saw the Vikings drafting the punter in the 5th round, I knew Kluwe was going to be gone. Same thing happened last year with Longwell.

  31. thestrategyexpert says: May 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    jimbo7525:

    I don’t follow the relevance of your question. Kluwe is not the last punter that was traded, he’s his own man. But this isn’t about Kluwe, this is about Minnesota not figuring out an optimal way to handle football business. It’s fine if you and everybody else think that Minnesota made a perfect sequence of decisions and nothing could have possibly been a better route to plan for, but I disagree. I think Minnesota clearly made a costly mistake, and the only question is when and how could they best have prevented the mistake, as you could cite any season or the time that Kluwe joined the team as possible timeframes that a different choice could have and should have been made. He had trade value in the past I will wholeheartedly vouch for, and the Vikings chose to pass on that option.

    How can a good Punter not have trade value if teams draft them? If a Punter couldn’t be traded, then Punters wouldn’t ever be draft considerations in the first place.

  32. 69allday says: May 8, 2013 3:22 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    May 8, 2013 3:11 PM
    So does everyone not wearing girly purple

    Better than piss yellow and vomit green.

  33. ibreathefootball says: May 8, 2013 3:22 PM

    Vikings were 22nd in the NFL last year in punting, THAT’S WHY HE GOT CUT!

  34. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 8, 2013 3:24 PM

    I’d like to replace Dayton with a cheaper option.

  35. thestrategyexpert says: May 8, 2013 3:25 PM

    Oh and forgot to add, if his salary is what you cite as making him untradeable, well what team do you think overpaid him? You can’t have it both ways.

  36. oslograss says: May 8, 2013 3:26 PM

    Please. Let’s have at least a 24 hour moratorium on Tebow and Kluwe articles. We beg of you…

  37. minnesoulja says: May 8, 2013 3:28 PM

    Dayton the d-bag is always doing something other than what his constituates want.

    I live in Minnesota. I bleed purple and gold. I respect both universes of politics and professional sports, but professional sports is a business and business and politics dont belong together.

    Let the politicians handle the economy.

    Let the people handle the social issues.

    Let football just be football.

    I don’t care what Kluwe says about civil rights.

    And I certainly don’t care what Mark Dayton thinks the Vikings should do.

    Why must the lines be so blurred?

    Put things in their respective boxes and keep them there. One day we will all hopefully have the chance to look back at these times and shake our heads.

    Skol, baby Skol.

  38. theravenlives2 says: May 8, 2013 3:29 PM

    Pay attention, boys and girls.

    This is why teams don’t want a gay player on their roster. They could give two farts and a wiggle about whether he’s gay or not, they just don’t want the distractions…like the one Dayton is creating.

  39. ktoast says: May 8, 2013 3:31 PM

    if a mail room assistant at the governor’s mansion’s opinions were taking center stage and causing a distraction from the day to day, I am sure he would find himself unemployed.

  40. dbfan4ever says: May 8, 2013 3:33 PM

    So the Vikings dumped a punter and dumped for a rookie. I don’t think that will have any impact on whether the Vikings make the playoffs or not

  41. shlort says: May 8, 2013 3:33 PM

    This is the exact reason that teams DO NOT want players coming out of the closet.

    Apparently, the Governor firmly believes that Kluwe was released based soley on his politics about gay marriage.

    What happens when a gay player is not affordable, not good enough or a trouble maker and a team wants to release the player? Will the team be forced to never release a gay player because of the political impact that may arise from that release? Will gay players be kept on rosters just for being gay?

  42. @Cereal_22 says: May 8, 2013 3:35 PM

    Maybe Kluwe is not good enough, smart enough & the coaches just dont like him

  43. inyofaceagain says: May 8, 2013 3:36 PM

    @strategy”expert”

    Punters are never traded because once they are veterans (like Kluwe) their salaries inflate. Locke was worth a later round pick because he performs at the highest level and because his salary is VERY LOW. Kluwe had no trade value because he was making 1.5 mill. Its not worth a million dollars for a 6th round pick. Cmon man you call yourself an expert?

  44. nyyjetsknicks says: May 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    rkt4mayor says:
    May 8, 2013 3:17 PM
    Mind your business Guv!

    Last I checked this is not yet the Soviet Union and private businesses don’t have to answer to political commissars….yet anyways.

    ___________________

    Free market!!!! Zero regulations!!!! That sure worked great in Waco, Texas…

  45. buckybadger says: May 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    I agree with Kluwe’s stance but if you are the punter on my team and your stats rank towards the bottom and your salary is one of the higher of your position I am cutting you too.

    To many people want to play the martyr in life. Christians do it in the this country all the time even though they are the majority which Kluwe is here as well. As soon as someone gets handed a set back in life they say it is because of some stance they have that doesn’t apply to the situation. Sure there is discrimination and bigotry in the world but your performance will always outweigh your personal beliefs, you simply aren’t that important that your beliefs, especially the popular ones, will effect your professional life. It is a great thing about this country, most of the time your performance is what counts.

  46. andymannfl says: May 8, 2013 3:37 PM

    Good to see the state governor has no pressing issues to attend to such that he can weigh in on other pressing state matters such as who punts for the Vikings. The first punter in history to ever garner political attention. What a joke.

  47. vertskate900 says: May 8, 2013 3:38 PM

    Hey, gay or not, all a team cares about is can you help them win games.

    Just ask Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

  48. wgray981 says: May 8, 2013 3:38 PM

    Klewe is a whiner. That’s all there is to it.

  49. thatswhatimsayin says: May 8, 2013 3:41 PM

    Governor Dayton is just mad that another millionaire is gonna pull up stakes and leave the state. He needs every penny he can get.

  50. jrmbadger says: May 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    inyofaceagain says:May 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: May 8, 2013 3:11 PM

    So does everyone not wearing girly purple

    ————

    Purple is the color of royalty. Kings wear purple.

    Puke green and urine yellow are so much better looking on you Packer fans.
    ==================================

    And this is the United States – we don’t bow down to a king. Maybe if the Vikings moved to England you’d have a point. Maybe.

  51. sherlock30 says: May 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    Silly democrats. Turning our beloved country into a pathetic joke. It would be amusing if it weren’t so damn tragic.

  52. seaeagle707 says: May 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    All of this fuss because of a so-so punter. Then there’s no end of the fuss over Tebow, a never-was QB. Add to that the three dozen or so felons grabbing headlines.

    Puh-leeeeezze SEASON, hurry up and get here!!!

  53. We need Bud Grant says: May 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 8, 2013 3:24 PM

    I’d like to replace Dayton with a cheaper option.

    —-

    Obviously, it’s ridiculously stupid for dayton to interject his opinion on players, but keep in mind that without him the Vikes are very likely playing in LA this upcoming season…

  54. thestrategyexpert says: May 8, 2013 3:44 PM

    inyofaceagain:

    Yes I consider myself an expert because I’m the one spotting the problem that the Vikings made, not the actual Vikings whose responsibility is to figure this stuff out!

    And if a salary inflates, that goes to what I was saying is one could argue for any previous season as being the season that made sense to find an exit strategy if they weren’t prepared to keep him. They had to guess what was the best decision and I think it’s very clear that they made a mistake but not clear what was the best year to avoid that mistake. It could have been ANY of his seasons BEFORE his salary inflated. And his salary was fully understood and determined how it would progress and inflate by the team that structured the deal, and they didn’t have all of their ducks in a row for the long-term planning process. Offer him less money so it doesn’t inflate then to a level where you have to cut him for a waste. Or trade him.

    But they chose the worst of all options, they lost with him, paid him lots of money, used a draft pick to get him, and didn’t get a salvage value in his exiting. That’s the worst of all worlds and an expert like myself figures these things out in advance, unlike the Vikings mngmt.

  55. deltaoracle says: May 8, 2013 3:45 PM

    If nothing else, this imposed a moratorium of at least a few days on smug East Dakota sneers about how the Packers supposedly treat their veterans shabbily.
    Anyway, I’m sure that just as they told us Joe Webb would be a great QB or WR if given a chance, The Heidis will now believe that if necessary he can be a great Punter. Or maybe a great Middle Linebacker.

  56. cliffordc05 says: May 8, 2013 3:46 PM

    I think it is a joke when the Jets owner interferes with football decisions. Now we have a governor getting involved in something that is none of his business. If the guy can punt he will get a job but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t worn out his welcome with the Vikings.

  57. obsessedvikingfan says: May 8, 2013 3:46 PM

    “Where was all this noise from everyone and their Mothers when I was cut for a rookie kicker last year?”

    Sincerely,

    Ryan Longwell

  58. minnesoulja says: May 8, 2013 3:46 PM

    Furthermore (continued from above)

    I hope Governor Dayton realizes all he has done with one interview to hinder any and all off-season progress the organization is trying to make.

    Now the floodgates will be open boy. And every guy with rhinestone booty-shorts (Packer-fans) will follow this story and cry and scream foul play every chance they get. Most of them not even watching football religously as you and I.

    With this story, it all gets about as ugly as it possibly can.

    Personally, I will be writing Dayton a e-mail to voice my displeasure with his choice to open his mouth involving a decision he had no part in making.

    Sad Sad day in Minnesota. Somebody hurry up and sign Kluwe so this can fall to the wayside ASAP.

  59. nuttyj says: May 8, 2013 3:47 PM

    Latest example of a politician saying something really stupid that makes wonder how they ever got elected.

  60. tyler4richardson says: May 8, 2013 3:47 PM

    American people starting to seriously question what their politicians are doing.

  61. CKL says: May 8, 2013 3:47 PM

    Who didn’t see this coming?
    Yeah…no one.
    /sarcasm

    Kluwe primed the pump when he first speculated about being released and he said his views might be a part of it.
    Clever boy.
    Let’s see if the usual follows from said priming, as in a lawsuit.
    People have the right to feel and think and speak as they wish. I just wish they could accept that there could be consequences from that and deal with those like men.

  62. duncanthecat says: May 8, 2013 3:49 PM

    I wish he would focus more on the Minnesota jobs going to China and Texas.

  63. jackericsson says: May 8, 2013 3:51 PM

    please ignore this joke for a Governor. He’s starting to make Jesse look good. And that is sad. The Soviet Socialist State of Minnesota is exposed for all to see with “Doesn’t Have a” Kluwe and now Crazy Eyes Dayton’s comments. Count your blessings you don’t have to deal with these pathetic North Star commies everyday!

  64. rhusby28 says: May 8, 2013 3:52 PM

    Maybe Dayton should stick to his day job so Minnesota doesn’t have to worry about another government shut down! Kluwe was terrible last year, and Vikings did him a favor by cutting him early.

  65. reemer894 says: May 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    This isn’t the first dumb comment Dayton has made…and it certainly wont be the last.

  66. djcoreylee says: May 8, 2013 3:57 PM

    GREEN BAY WAY!

  67. thirdistheworrd says: May 8, 2013 3:57 PM

    raiders12 says: May 8, 2013 3:04 PM

    Way to go MEDIA. Way to make something of nothing.
    __________
    theravenlives2 says: May 8, 2013 3:29 PM

    Pay attention, boys and girls.

    This is why teams don’t want a gay player on their roster. They could give two farts and a wiggle about whether he’s gay or not, they just don’t want the distractions…like the one Dayton is creating.
    ___________
    Exactly. The issue of gay professional athletes has nothing to do with their sexual orientation; it has to do with what a big deal everybody makes about their sexual orientation.

    Being a Bullets (Wizards) fan has never been a lot of fun, but now they’re basically stuck with picking up a final year option on Jason Collins contract or receiving massive criticism from every corner of the media. Collins scored 41 points on the season, and Washington only took him on to carve out some cap room next year. This is in no way a criticism of Collins, but rather the media; as the attention he has generated has put the team into a real bind, much like Kluwe’s situation in Minnesota.

    Even if Washington does let him walk, some team will feel obligated to pay him next year, not based on his skill, but on what he represents; and that’s not how professional sports should be run.

    If we want to make things easier for gay athletes, maybe we should stop treating this issue like it’s the most important development of the millenium, and treat gay athletes the way they want to be treated: the same as everybody else.

  68. mwatts1 says: May 8, 2013 3:58 PM

    Did that dude just talk about trading Kluwe? Trading a kicker? You my friend know nothing about the NFL….

  69. fwippel says: May 8, 2013 3:59 PM

    This is why politicians should stay out of sports. Are you kidding me? Does Dayton actually think he has a right to tell the Vikings how to run their franchise?

    If Dayton feels so bad for Kluwe, then offer him a job.

  70. slayisland says: May 8, 2013 4:00 PM

    WHAT A CRAPPY ORGANIZATION!

  71. hanifmiller says: May 8, 2013 4:00 PM

    Punters and kickers, for the most part, are and always have been expendable. Kluwe is no exception. I’m an Eagles fan and I remember when David Akers, one of the most accomplished kickers in the NFL, was jettisoned for Alex Henery. By the way, Akers is a Christian man. This had nothing to do with Kluwe’s beliefs and everything to do with his position. Kickers and punters typically have no leverage.

  72. rcali says: May 8, 2013 4:02 PM

    Anybody want to bet that if Kluwe really wants to play again in the NFL he’ll keep his opinions to himself? Probably too late. I know I could keep my yapper shut for an NFL contract.

  73. b3nz0z says: May 8, 2013 4:08 PM

    you guys: “Getting cut had nothing to do with what he said, and this is a warning to others about running their mouths.”

    uh, it can’t really be both, can it?

  74. inyofaceagain says: May 8, 2013 4:09 PM

    @strategy”expert”

    Dude no team sees value in a trade for a kicker that is 8 yrs into his career making 1.5 mill when u can spend a 6th or 7th round pick, get a better one that’s a decade younger for 1/3 the price.

    Please tell me the last team who traded for a punter? And what was the remarkable value that the other team received? Please, tell me expert.

  75. theytukrjobs says: May 8, 2013 4:09 PM

    Dayton has made a lot of passive aggressive little attacks on the Vikings since helping them with the stadium. Makes you wonder if there was a little falling out somewhere along the line.

    I think that implying that the Vikings fired someone because they support gay marriage makes you a bad person. That is immoral and unfair, and you should be seen as a slimy little d-bag for doing it.

    My two cents.

  76. patfic15 says: May 8, 2013 4:10 PM

    Typical politician. Its always someone else’s fault.

  77. crownofthehelmet says: May 8, 2013 4:10 PM

    I sure miss Jesse the Body Ventura.

  78. Rich says: May 8, 2013 4:11 PM

    Please stop. Figure out a way to run your state efficiently and stay out of things like this. Kickers and punters get cut all the time, and Kluwe wasn’t Ray Guy.

    I’m so tired of the social issues talk in sports. How about we play the games and leave the Tim Tebow and Chris Kluwe sideshows out of the discussion (picking one of each side out of fairness)? Let’s just focus on football and not all of this other nonsense.

  79. jackflak55 says: May 8, 2013 4:13 PM

    Gov. Dayton is quite literally insane, and has a long history of saying insane things.

  80. fanofthepurple says: May 8, 2013 4:16 PM

    This move by the Vikings was not without precedence, they released Longwell after the rookie OTA’s last year after drafting a kicker. I don’t remember Gov. Dayton taking issue with that move and I certainly don’t recall AARP coming after the Vikes for releasing the elderly!

  81. mattdaddy7 says: May 8, 2013 4:19 PM

    So you’re questioning the release of a punter?!?

  82. vikings2011 says: May 8, 2013 4:26 PM

    Dear Governor Dayton:

    Last season, Chris Kluwe ranked 22nd in gross average, 17th in net average, and 31st in number of punts downed inside the 20 yard line. In 2011, Kluwe was 13th, 22nd, and 19th in those same categories. We pay him close to $1.5 million a year. Forgive me for having the audacity to replace Kluwe with a younger, cheaper, and likely better option. Mind your own business.

    Sincerely,
    – Ziggly Wilf

  83. stevent92 says: May 8, 2013 4:33 PM

    Mark Dayton – the only person to get a “zero” rating for effectiveness in the U.S. Senate. That’s saying something.

  84. lightcleric says: May 8, 2013 4:34 PM

    Isn’t this the same guy who signed the Vikings stadium bill without reading it and then complained the Vikings were “misleading”?

  85. japmen says: May 8, 2013 4:35 PM

    If Kluwe was half the kicker that he was the talker, he’d still have a job. Should have been practicing using other parts of his body than his mouth.

  86. kwjsb says: May 8, 2013 4:35 PM

    OK tax payers of Minnesota it is your turn to cut this fool of a Governor.

  87. prussian11 says: May 8, 2013 4:35 PM

    The irony is that many people outside the Twin Cities area consider Gov. Dayton the “punter” of politics.

  88. iejdaniel says: May 8, 2013 4:38 PM

    I was giving Dayton the benefit of the doubt; although he is clearly clueless in a state known for electing fools, (Jesse Ventura, Al Franken come to mind), he did get the stadium bill pushed through.

    With this dumb move, that benefit of the doubt is up in smoke.

  89. deltaoracle says: May 8, 2013 4:38 PM

    “reportedly”, “according to”, “seems to think” … well, this is all very radical and everything. At least we’re spared smug comments from Heidi Nation about how shabbily Green Bay supposedly treats their veteran players.

  90. ruvelligwebuike says: May 8, 2013 4:39 PM

    Only an out-of-touch “wealth redistributor” like Dayton would think protecting another goofball lib like Kluwe was the government’s business.

    I just heard the term “LUGS” the other day. It stands for Lesbian Until Graduation.

    Apparently it’s a common practice at universities now. A girl acts like a feminist lesbian all the way through college because it’s basically a free ticket to a degree and special treatment throughout her tenure at the school.

    Yes, this is what our society has come to.

  91. rondayne33 says: May 8, 2013 4:39 PM

    @thestrategyexpert

    You make no sense and your writing is confusing. Please stop. No one wants to trade for a $2M per year punter.

  92. alexampersand says: May 8, 2013 4:41 PM

    All of this outrage is hilarious. Did everyone forget about the whole “state paying for the stadium” thing? When you take government money to help your team pay for something, the government gets to poke its nose in whenever it wants. Yes, it’s horrible, the government daring to tell a private business what to do…doesn’t the government know they’re just supposed to keep their mouths shut and use taxpayer money to pay for things, so billionaires don’t have to? And that isn’t counting the fact that the NFL is a monopoly, with the government looking the other way. Those are two big favors, so the Vikings and the NFL have to play along in return.

  93. vavikingfan says: May 8, 2013 4:42 PM

    Really none of Dayton’s business, but this shows NFL logic when you have a QB that’s no good so you have to fire the punter.

  94. johnnyb216 says: May 8, 2013 4:44 PM

    Rescind the stadium bill!!!

  95. couple1314 says: May 8, 2013 4:55 PM

    Dayton is worse than Ventura. This guy has been a public sector pawn all of his career and has no clue. He was born a millionaire and has no touch with reality. He should stick with what he is awful at….. his job….. so he can get voted out next term, and keep his opinion to himself. He does not understand how a private business operates, despite his namesake, so I’m sure his opinion means nothing to the Vikings organization.

  96. kriesel4gov says: May 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    They did him a favor by cutting him now, he has more time to land with a new team. Apparently Dayton thinks he is a GM now

  97. swedishfish14 says: May 8, 2013 5:25 PM

    I really like Kluwe and I hope he is very very successful with another team. I wish he and Harvin were still on our team. But, it’s now time to move on. I think we have as good or perhaps a significantly better punter.

  98. joeyashwi says: May 8, 2013 5:39 PM

    I don’t know why everybody is so upset. As long as the Vikings have Christian Ponder at QB, the punter will be the second most important weapon they have behind Adrian Peterson. Kluwe shanked a lot of kicks last year. With poor play from the QB position and a grind it out field position based offense, having a good punter is a necessity. Blair Walsh seemed to work out pretty well. This was a football decision entirely.

  99. sanityinsd says: May 8, 2013 5:50 PM

    With Senator Joe Lieberman and Representative Barney Frank, Dayton introduced legislation to the Governmental Affairs Committee to extend domestic partners of federal employees all benefits available and obligations imposed upon a spouse of an employee.

    Dayton voted against a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage in June 2006, and supported civil marriage equality in his gubernatorial platform.

    Legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota would add $42 million to the state’s economy and $3 million in tax revenue in the first three years, according to an analysis from UCLA law school.

    This explains why Dayton is taking this stance. A light from any source illuminates your platform.

  100. filthymcnasty1 says: May 8, 2013 9:11 PM

    And now it’s official. The governor of MN has called out the Vikings for being hapless and tasteless.

  101. bigdon76 says: May 8, 2013 9:16 PM

    Its kind of like the rooney rule.give different races equal oppurtunity to fill a vacancy even though there is someone with more experience. an nfl owner should put his franchise in the hands of the best qualified not the minority to make peoples feelings not hurt.if you give the job to a minority you set your franchise back.thats why coaches like andy reid are only unemployed for a week.

  102. Little Earthquake says: May 8, 2013 9:39 PM

    Let’s see, Minnesota…Is this guy the ex-wrestler or the ex-“funnyman”? I know he’s not the crazy woman.

  103. edenprairieballer says: May 8, 2013 9:44 PM

    After listening to Dayton talk the past couple years I am pretty sure he has a learning disability.

  104. vikescry1 says: May 8, 2013 9:45 PM

    so the viking’s will keep and bring back a drug using person who run’s over the police, smoke’s weed and complain’s about the food. but let’s get rid of a guy because he maybe gay??? only the viking’s, shocking that they don’t like it being they all were blonde wigs…

  105. lovetron says: May 8, 2013 9:53 PM

    Well, it’s good to know that all the problems in Minnesota have been solved. Nothing left to do but focus on this.

  106. tigerphins says: May 8, 2013 9:58 PM

    STHU and mind your own business, governor. If an NFL team wants to cut the 24th ranked punter (31st in punts downed inside the 20) b/c they drafted the top available player then that’s their friggin prerogative!! Last time I checked, underperforming employees are subject to termination, period. Governor should be ashamed for turning this into a gay issue.

    You don’t spend a 5th on a punter with the notion of there being a competition.

  107. scoutlukeprados says: May 8, 2013 10:47 PM

    kluwe was 22 of 32

  108. vikingfan1971 says: May 9, 2013 12:07 AM

    we need bud grant ( the vikings are not leaving MN ) will people stop saying they are leaving this season , they are getting there new stadium.

  109. truthserum4u says: May 9, 2013 3:27 AM

    If Kluwe wasn’t an outspoken advocate, and the Vikings did the same thing in the same manner, would there be any questions or outcry? No, just like there wasn’t any last year when they did the same thing in the same way to Longwell.

    The Vikings found a younger player at the fraction of the cost who is capable of doing the same job as well or better. Welcome to the realities of the job market Mr. Dayton.

    Oh, and there’s this part about Kluwe not listening to his bosses when it came to performing his job. (Like, kicking it at certain people when told to kick it away from them.) Something that usually gets any employee fired regardless of their social views, political affiliations or religious beliefs.

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