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Outspoken Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says goodbye to Minnesota

Kluwe, who’s spoken out in favor of gay marriage and other social issues, was vulnerable when the team drafted a new punter last week.

Outspoken punter Chris Kluwe has been cut by the Minnesota Vikings.

The Star Tribune confirmed the cut, saying the team’s newly drafted punter Jeff Locke from UCLA performed well enough this weekend to seal Kluwe’s fate.

Kluwe has been an active supporter of gay marriage and other social issues, although the team has not said his political views led to the cut.

Kluwe tweeted at 10:45 this morning:

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So long, Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!

And then a minute later:

Thank you to all the fans, my teammates, and the Wilf family for the past 8.5 years. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.”

And soon after:

And thank you everyone for your support. Remember, one label does not define who you are as a person 🙂