The Minnesota Vikings on Monday released Chris Kluwe, the club’s self-proclaimed best punter in history known more lately for his vocal support of gay marriage and same-sex rights.
In a tweet late Monday morning, Mr. Kluwe said goodbye: “So long, Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!”
Sports analysts say his age and salary were the driving forces behind his looming release – along with the talents of Vikings’ fifth-round pick, Jeff Locke, NFL.com reported.
But others hint his loud-mouthed, off-field politicking for gay rights — and violation of the unstated rule, “Punters are seen, not heard — fueled his release, too, at least in part.
He’s been admonished in the past by coaches for his outside interests and well-publicized views, especially on gay rights, NFL.com reported. And he’s had a book in the works that’s due for release this summer.
Even before his release was official, he didn’t seem to care about the outcome.
“I think the sacrifice would be worth it,” he said, in a previous interview with the Star Tribune, about his outspoken views. “But if it ends up being something that costs me that position, I think making people aware of an issue that is causing children to commit suicide is more important than kicking a leather ball.”