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Minn. governor wary of Vikings cutting outspoken LGBT ally Chris Kluwe

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has joined the list of those wondering if the Minnesota Vikings cut veteran punter Chris Kluwe solely for performance purposes.

Dayton says “I don’t feel good about” the Vikings cutting Kluwe, an eight-year veteran who was released from the team on Monday, and is being replaced by rookie Jeff Locke.

Gov. Mark Dayton

Chris Kluwe

In recent years, Kluwe has become an outspoken advocate for marriage equality and LGBT rights, a thorn in the side of the NFL establishment and a player who never subscribed the mantra “punters should be seen and not heard.”

Kluwe himself wondered aloud last week if his activism would contribute to his release from the Vikings.

“It’s a shame that in a league with players given multiple second chances after arrests, including felony arrests, that speaking out on human rights has a chance of getting you cut,” Kluwe told NBC Sports on April 28 via text message.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said during the draft he supports Kluwe’s right to speak his mind.

When asked if he thought Kluwe’s campaign for gay marriage last season played a role in his departure, Dayton said, “I can’t say for sure.”

The governor says he thought Kluwe should’ve had the chance to compete for the job in the preseason.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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9 more reader comments:

  1. Hmmmm, he will land somewhere, good people always do

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 3:59pm
  2. My respect to the governor, as I no longer live in MN, the MN Vikings can take their bullshit & shove it, wishing the Vikings many years of shit

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:00pm
  3. What a bunch of Bigots!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:04pm
  4. What Keith said.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:14pm
  5. very bad PR move for the Vikings…Kluwe was always such a good player tsk tsk

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:18pm
  6. Disgusting. I hope this goes viral such that the Vikings experience condemnation….or at least denial of $$$ fan support

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:37pm
  7. thanks GOV. I am more than wary on that point. Shame on Minn. viks.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:43pm
  8. Karma Viks.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:45pm
  9. You know, why they did it, don’t you!!??¿? They cut him, because they’re afraid that the next step, he’ll take….. will be, him “coming out, of the closet!” I’ll GUARANTEE YOU, that’s why he got cut from the team!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:36am