Vikings claim they released Kluwe due to a decline in his play

The Minnesota Vikings released a statement on Friday responding to the many things surrounding former punter Chris Kluwe.  One of those things is that people believe he was released because of his activism within the gay and lesbian community.  They of course deny that.

“The record fails does not support the claim that the Vikings released Kluwe because of his activism on behalf of same-sex marriage, but instead because of his declining punting performance in 2012 and potentially because of the distraction caused by Kluwe’s activism as opposed to the substance of such…The objective evidence, in addition to the subjective evaluation of coaches, special teams staff members and external evaluators, simply contradict Kluwe’s view of his performance in 2012. No interviewed witness agreed that Kluwe had a good year in 2012…There is also the issue of Kluwe’s age (31) and salary ($1.3 million) in 2012 and slated salary of $1.4 million in 2013. Several coaching staff members noted that Kluwe’s age, previous knee injury and leg strength showed a punter in decline. Also, the Vikings were able to sign drafted punter (Jeff) Locke for $405,000, less than one third of Kluwe’s scheduled 2013 salary…In grading Kluwe, (Angelo and Hentrich) considered criteria, including but not limited to: (1) get-off time; (2) gross punting average; (3) net punting average; (4) hang time; (5) directional punting; and (6) pooch punting…Angelo said that if he held the title of General Manager for the Minnesota Vikings for the 2012 season, he would have “in all likelihood” released Chris Kluwe as the Vikings punter.”

While Kluwe isn’t getting any younger,  he didn’t slow down at all if you look at his stats,  so I don’t know how the Vikings evaluated his play.

  • Elad

    Are you kidding?
    What have you been watching Paul Jackiewicz?

    Kluwe had too many muffed punts (20yrds) in his last year. He USE TO BE GOOD punter, but not in his last season as compared to previous years. Maybe he would be ok for your team, but the Vikings wanted the best player on the team.
    Oakland even notice he’s all washed up. He had his thrill, time for him(it) to hang it up and now he(it) can go play in the closet…
    His off field acts were very distracting/sickening. Enough of this pervert! He will have to answer to GOD one day, as all of us will.
    Glad he got ‘Punted In The Rear’ right out the door… Yea :-] happy happy, joy joy…
    We got a much better punter now!