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Outspoken Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says goodbye to Minnesota

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:

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 🙂

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Dave Eldred on 05/06/2013 - 12:41 pm.

    Thanks, Chris!

    As a Minnesotan, I’m sorry to see Chris go. It’s great to have public figures such as he willing to stick their necks out on the line when they are under no perssure to do so.

    As a Vikings fan, I’m thankful for the good years he’s given us, but understand the move. It’s a tough business that unfortunately has little room for sentiment, as we’ve seen with the tough cuts of Longwell and Winfield in the last year.

    Best of luck, Chris, with your next team. We’ll be rooting for you.

  2. Submitted by John Borger on 05/06/2013 - 01:09 pm.

    First Tweet

    Gotta love the reference to Hitchhiker’s Guide.

  3. Submitted by Deborah Irestone on 05/06/2013 - 03:55 pm.

    Farewell Chris

    Minnesota is losing a good man. I am sorry he is moving on, but I am glad we had the opportunity to call him a Minnesotan. He is a class act!

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