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Chris Kluwe blasts the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice assault, says: ‘The tape never lies’

Kluwe, who brought to light anti-gay behavior in the Vikings organization and was cut from the team, wrote a piece for Time magazine that takes a shot at the NFL for downplaying the Ray Rice domestic assault.

Chris Kluwe
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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who’s had his own problems with the NFL after he was cut from the team (and has since settled his claims of homophobic behavior in the organization), takes a shot in Time magazine at Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case.

(Kluwe wrote the piece before Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas on charges that he “caused reckless or negligent injury to a child” when he whipped his 4-year-old son with a switch. But on Twitter Friday, Kluwe applauded the Vikings’ decision to keep Peterson out of Sunday’s game:

“I will say this: I’ve had my issues with the Vikings. However, they deactivated AP this weekend. Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald are playing.”)

In the Time piece, Kluwe expresses incredulity at Goodell’s claim that he hadn’t seen the full elevator tape of Rice hitting his then-fiance, now wife, before issuing a two-game suspension. After the video publicly surfaced, Rice was cut from the team.

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Kluwe said that the NFL lives and dies by the tapes — albeit, it’s usually game tapes. But, he writes, Goodell:

“… now wants us to believe, in this particular instance, after months of reporting by trusted League sources that the NFL factored what was on that elevator tape into its decision to suspend Ray Rice a mere two games, that he did not, actually, see the tape, and is just as flabbergasted as the rest of us that this horrific act of violence took place. Oh lawdy, bring the fainting couch.

“Based on everything I know from nine years of experience in the league, this is a lie.”

And Kluwe says:

We should be furious. This charade of accountability has been perpetrated for too long, let too many players skate by with no real consequences for their violence against others.