Peyton Manning doesn’t like idiot kickers. Good thing Chris Kluwe isn’t a kicker.
He’s the Vikings’ punter, and we’re not sure if that makes a difference, but we know that Kluwe doesn’t care. How do we know? Well, this…
That tweet of course came in response to the settlement terms reportedly being pursued by Manning, Logan Mankins, Vincent Jackson, and Drew Brees. It’s a pursuit that could stall the labor negotiations and delay the NFL season for the other 1,896 some odd players.
Kluwe’s tweet has received the kind of attention and Twitter traffic he no doubt anticipated when it spread throughout the Interwebs earlier this afternoon. During a back-and-forth with Yahoo’s Michael Silver he facetiously said that hash tags–at times the Internet equivalent of covering an insult with a cough–don’t count. Ironically that was also said using a hash tag, and when that happens the sun begins to swallow the Earth.
Kluwe later spoke to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and said that he’s against hypocrisy regardless of the source, which prompted his candid tweet.
Asked if he was really upset or just having fun, Kluwe said: “It’s like a mix of both. The thing is we’re so close to having a deal done and to kind of pull that at the last minute it feels kind of like blackmail. We all out the owners when they do crap like that and it’s only fair to call out our own peope when they do the same thing. I’m against hypocrisy wherever it’s at. Just finish the deal up so we can get the season going.”
Kluwe also directly addressed Mankins and Jackson. Their agents are reportedly demanding that as part of the settlement agreement in the Brady v. NFL case, their clients should either become unrestricted free agents, or receive a $10 million payment.
“I get that they got screwed over with how the uncapped year worked out [last season], but at some point 80 or 90 percent in this league would love to play for a restricted free-agent offer. That’s getting paid a pretty good sum of money for one year. I know I’d gladly pay for a restricted free-agent tender. You’re going to make more money than the average American makes in their lifetime in one year.”
Chris, we all owe you a slow clap.