When Chris Kluwe was the punter for the Vikings, there were rumblings of discontent within the coaching staff about his political interests perhaps distracting from his job. But now that Kluwe is a Raider, his coach says that’s not an issue.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said at his press conference today that the Raiders’ coaching staff wants Kluwe to put all his focus on playing football, and that Kluwe has bought into that.
“Chris Kluwe, his job is to make this football team,” Allen said. “He’s of the same mindset.”
For his part, Kluwe wrote on Twitter last week that he had turned down an invitation to the White House because it conflicted with the Raiders’ minicamp.
“Lest anyone EVER question my commitment to a team that employs me, I present exhibit A,” Kluwe wrote, linking to his invitation to the White House. “And no, I did not ask if I could skip practice. Mandatory minicamps are mandatory, and I’m here to help the team win. So it goes.”
When it comes to putting his focus on football, Kluwe’s actions have matched his coach’s words.