Mark Dayton criticizes Vikings for releasing Chris Kluwe [UPDATE]

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Dayton thinks Kluwe should've at least gotten the opportunity to compete for his job.
-- Update at bottom --

You might want to say it's none of his business, but then again, he did help Zygi Wilf fatten his wallet by spearheading the charge for a new Vikings stadium.

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Regardless of whether he should have or not, during a new conference today, Governor Mark Dayton offered up his opinion on the Vikings' decision to release beloved and controversial punter Chris Kluwe. And suffice it to say he's disappointed that Kluwe won't get the opportunity to serve as PRIDE Grand Marshal while still a member of the team.

Here's how Capitol reporters for the Strib, KSTP, and Fox 9 characterized Dayton's remarks: Unfortunately for Dayton, Zygi didn't cede any player personnel powers to lawmakers during last year's contentious stadium negotiations.

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ESPN 1500 has more of Dayton's comments from today's news conference:
"I'm not in a position to evaluate the relative punting abilities, but it seems to me the general manager said, right after the draft, they were going to have competition," Dayton recalled. "Well, they bring the one guy in, he kicks for a weekend and that's competition?"...

"I just think sports officials ought to be honest about what the heck is going on, same way I think public officials should be honest about what's going on, so that bothers me probably as much, if not more, than the actual decision," Dayton said...

"[Releasing Kluwe is] their decision to make," Dayton concluded. "They don't give political advice. I don't give them coaching advice."
According to WCCO's Pat Kessler, the Vikings organization responding this afternoon by again insisting the move had nothing to do with Kluwe's off-the-field notoriety: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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Branden Strot
Branden Strot

why? they are saving one million dollars by going with a younger player. thats one million more we can use to shore up another position. #business

tessmcgill
tessmcgill

How soon he forgets that there have been so many hoods on this team that have been arrested for this or that and STILL kept their jobs. The Vikings couldn't care less about his social views. They care about saving 1.4 million in salary for a KICKER!

tessmcgill
tessmcgill

How soon he forgets that there have been so many hoods on this team that have been arrested for this or that and STILL kept their jobs. The Vikings couldn't care less about his social views. They care about saving 1.4 million in salary for a KICKER!

tessmcgill
tessmcgill

How soon he forgets that there have been so many hoods on this team that have been arrested for this or that and STILL kept their jobs. The Vikings couldn't care less about his social views. They care about saving 1.4 million in salary for a KICKER!

tessmcgill
tessmcgill

How soon he forgets that there have been so many hoods on this team that have been arrested for this or that and STILL kept their jobs. The Vikings couldn't care less about his social views. They care about saving 1.4 million in salary for a KICKER!

Claire Benfer
Claire Benfer

Mark Dayton is a ridiculous troll...go back to watching Tennis fool

Nick Cole
Nick Cole

Did I miss the part where after they released him, they sent him to live in exile and he would no longer have any contact with the media or outside world?? Christ... if a team thinks he's worth it, he'll play again. If not, he's a bright guy, I'm pretty sure he can figure out how to continue on with all his civic engagements without the lofty status of being a NFL punter.

Steve Rood
Steve Rood

Dayton knows as much about the Vikings punting situation as he does about electronic pull tabs.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

the governor needs to really focus on the timberwolves...

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

Stupid move on already, tell the governor to worry about his own duties. He is not the first guy to speak up about the things he supports, maybe Dayton should give him a liaison job - the Vikes did the right thing, CP, Bring Me the News and Kare 11 are trying to create a conspiracy is all --

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

He cost too much money for a punter!!

Soda Partier
Soda Partier

How many times was he asked not to punt to Devin Hester and still did every year? He's an aging uncoachable and undisciplined punter.

Charles D. Rhoden III
Charles D. Rhoden III

Don't think anyone could accuse the NFL of any real depth of thought or complexity - it's football for crissake. This decision still reeks.

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

Is everyone forgetting that he sucked at punting last year?

Caroline Royce
Caroline Royce

Hey CP, ride this Kluwe train as long as you can. Milk it for all it's worth!

Tony Dean
Tony Dean

Kluwe hadn't been very good on the field and was making more $ than a non-elite punter should make. Vikings fans and MN people should be thankful for Kluwe and his great personality and character but this is an easy football decision really. No conspiracy.

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