On tour for his book Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, Chris Kluwe hit up the Dan Patrick show to talk about what will be in his biography as well as why the Minnesota Vikings released him, playing with Brett Favre as well as sexuality in football.
Kluwe hinted that despite the reports that the Vikings released him for “performance based” reasons that he might have been let go because of his book and his popularity for being a well spoken player at the punter position. Giving him the assumption that the Vikings wanted to avoid a distraction or negative media revolving around Sparkleponies.
“Statistically I was the best punter the Vikings have had in the past eight seasons,” said Kluwe on the DP show. “I made around $1.5 million last year and they could have resigned me to the veteran’s minimum, so I don’t know if they just didn’t want to pay me the 580, 000 or what went on because I am not in the meetings with the coaches and the front office.”
As for joining the Raiders and their thoughts on his book and extremely popular Twitter account, Kluwe says the Raiders are supportive, but they want to make sure that he is focused on football. “Oakland has been extremely supportive of me so far, but they also want to make sure to avoid distractions and bringing negative attention to the organization and maintaining a football focus on things,” mentioned Kluwe.
Kluwe also talked about playing with Brett Favre as well as if he could throw as well as Tim Tebow. The former baseball pitcher said that if the benchmark was Tebow, he could play quarterback in the NFL ripping the newly signed Patriots quarterback and superstar backup.
Kluwe also talked about sexuality in the NFL and the rise of acceptance of homosexuality in the NFL, one of the main topics of his book as well as the rumors around the league that he is gay. Reports that the married father of two denied.
The 15 minute interview highlights the personality that has made Kluwe a popular figure in the media as a punter. Something that has been good for his career, but also might have cost him a job with the contending Vikings. Still it is nice to have a player with such a positive personality as a face for the Raiders, even if he might be a punter and is probably 1/10th as good as Shane Lechler.
You can watch the whole 15 minute interview with Dan Patrick below: