Question & Answer Session With Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe
Consider his Twitter post from last week in which he verbally spanked the plaintiffs in the Brady v. NFL lawsuit. Reacting to reports that Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning could ask to remove their franchise tag and that Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins wanted to become unrestricted free agents or be paid $10 million each as part of the settlement, Kluwe tweeted, “Sigh, and once again greed is the operative byword. Congrats Brees, Manning, Mankins, and Jackson for being ‘that guy’. #douchebags.”
With the NFL lockout ending, Monday seemed like a good time to check in with Kluwe to see what he’s thinking and whether he planned to go back into bash mode.
BS: Are you pleased with the lockout ending?
CK: Yeah. I don’t think anyone would be displeased. It’s one of those things that’s been dragging on but hopefully now we can play football.
BS: Are you pleased with how it was settled?
CK: I think so. I haven’t had a chance to see the actual CBA. I’m pretty sure we all trust our player reps for now and in the future, and I trust (NFLPA executive director) De Smith has our best interest in mind.
BS: Are you planning to bash anyone?
CK: No. No. Normally, I try to keep that side of myself out of the public eye.
BS: Did you take much heat for your comments about Jackson, Mankins and the quarterbacks?
CK: No. It’s been pretty supportive. It’s one of those where everything I’ve heard from fans and people is, “You said everything we’ve been thinking.”
BS: Have you heard from any of the players you bashed?
Chris Kluwe sure is a very interesting guy. I think he earned a lot of respect with his comments on deadspin and in general regarding the lockout. Let’s hope that Kluwe and the rest of the Vikings can put all this behind them and focus on the game now. SKOL VIKES.
CK: No, I haven’t. We’ll see if any New Orleans fans throw feminine sanitary products at me.
BS: Has anyone ever said to you, “You’re a punter. Pipe down.”
CK: No. Never seriously. I’ve heard it before because that’s one of the things you hear being a punter or kicker. As Rodney Dangerfield said, “I don’t get no respect.” Once you get to this level, people realize you put in a serious amount of work to get here.