RUSH: This is Craig in Lake City, Florida, as we start on the phones today. Great to have you, Craig. Hi.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. I’ve been a big fan of yours since 1989. I just wanted your thoughts, I read an article Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota had made a comment he didn’t feel comfortable with the Vikings releasing Chris Kluwe and wanted football teams and sports teams to be more honest about why they release players. I thought it was another example of them sticking their nose where it don’t belong.
RUSH: Yeah, I saw that. Folks, let me bring you up to speed. Chris Kluwe is a punter for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s not had stellar performances in the past couple, three seasons. He ranks near the bottom of NFL ranking of punters in many categories. In addition to that, Chris Kluwe has been quite vocal and active in his support for gay marriage and urging that gay marriage become the law of the land. He’s been one of the two loudest voices, as such, in the NFL for that. The other being a linebacker for the Ravens, Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Now, Kluwe was cut by the Vikings this past week or so, and they said it had nothing to do with it. They drafted a punter in the fifth round and they said they needed some competition because Kluwe has not been performing. Kluwe had first thought that, “No, no, no, my actions don’t have anything to do with it.” Then he changed his mind, maybe it does. The Vikings said, “No, it doesn’t. He’s been talking like this for a long time, we didn’t do anything about it. This is strictly an on-the-field performance issue. We drafted this guy in the fifth round. He’s a younger punter and we’re gonna go with that.”
The governor of Minnesota is not satisfied. The governor of Minnesota is demanding that a private business, the Minnesota Vikings, explain why they cut Chris Kluwe, the punter. Now, I’m gonna tell you, folks, look, I don’t want to sit here and keep saying, “See, I told you so.” But your game of football is simply changing. The idea that a politician would demand that a team explain its roster moves, just last year and beyond would not have been foreseeable. But it’s not just in Minnesota. There is a lawyer in Jacksonville who is demanding and urging the NFL, convince the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow.
So there are people seeking the authority and power figures in football, “You make the Jaguars pick Tebow. It’s not fair. Tebow deserves — you make ’em!” And now the governor of Minnesota is demanding that the Vikings explain why they cut Kluwe, and then he wants every NFL team to have to be more forthcoming in explaining why they cut every player that they cut. These are private businesses. But if it’s ever found they cut Kluwe because the Vikings don’t like the distraction involved in his public statements, all hell would break loose. It’s going to be anyway. It’s going to anyway.