Chris Kluwe: Unhireable

Photo © Deadspin

Chris Kluwe, former punter for the Minnesota Vikings released an article on the popular Sports News website Deadspin. The article is titled, “I was An NFL Player Until I was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot“. The name Chris Kluwe might ring a bell to some readers. He also wrote a letter to Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Maryland state delegate on the matter of same sex marriage. The article was titled, “They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”.

The recent article is a detailed account of how Chris was unjustly let go of the Vikings based on performance; when he was actually performing consistently with his yearly averages. He mentions in the article that he was being told to sacrifice his own averages for the betterment of the team.

“Chris, we need you to kick it higher and shorter, because our coverage team sucks. We need to force fair catches as much as possible.” I complied, as I had always been taught to put the team before myself.” – Chris Kluwe

I admire Chris for some of what he has tried to do. It is never easy to put yourself out and do what you think is right, especially when it comes to controversial topics like gay marriage. I also respect the fact that Chris waited till The Vikings season was over to release the article. He obviously still cares deeply for his old team and teammates. I don’t disagree with a lot of Chris Kluwe’s politics, however I can understand why he cannot find a job in the NFL, and will likely never again.

“I can still hit the ball 45 yards outside the numbers with good hangtime, and at the tryouts I’ve had this year I’ve gotten praise from the scouts and personnel people on hand, but for whatever reason I cannot find a job.” – Chris Kluwe

It’s not about politics, it’s about behaviour. When a person becomes an outspoken critic of controversial topics it puts his or her employer in an awkward position, especially when they are a public figure. A person is an individual that has the right to express themselves freely, though they also put on a jersey and represent a city, and a team.

Chris Kluwe is a Public Relations nightmare. On his own account he is a “middle of the pack punter”. Punters aren’t top earners in the NFL, nor are they seen as playing a vital role as say a Quarterback, or a Linebacker. Chris Kluwe had baggage, too much for any team to take him on.

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