Chris Kluwe blasts NFL for tolerating Redskins nickname

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Chris Kluwe is still looking for an NFL job, but after his rant last night, we doubt he'll find work with the Washington Redskins.

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Kluwe sounded off on the Redskins nickname controversy, which has gained steam this year as prominent national sportswriters Peter King and Bill Simmons have begun boycotting mentioning "Redskins" in their columns and protesters have started calling for the name to be changed outside Washington's games.

Here's Kluwe's rant, which also included a dig at the NFL for the recent $765 million concussion lawsuit settlement: Redskins owner Daniel Synder said earlier this year that "We will never change the name of the team," and NFL Commish Roger Goodell has indicated he isn't inclined to force a renaming.

Nonetheless, in June, a group of Congress members led by Rep. Betty McCollum (she's co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus) wrote a letter to Synder urging him to reconsider.

"Native Americans throughout the country consider the term 'redskin' a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos," McCollum and her colleagues wrote. "Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL's fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington's NFL team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans."

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JeniKay
JeniKay

I get the feeling that Kluwe has enough other things going on that he doesn't really care if he finds another job in the NFL.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

I'm a Kluwe fan, but completely disagree with him and anyone who finds Native American nicknames offensive. #imoffended #brinfbagthefightingsioux

Erik Holtzclaw
Erik Holtzclaw

Kluwe's short punts killed his career not his mouth. He'll write more books and do speeches and will be just fine without football.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

I'm writing a letter now for the Skins to pick up his contract.. Love evil irony.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

I wonder if Kluwe knows that the original name of the franchise was changed to the Redskins in honor of then-coach Lone Star Dietz who was NATIVE AMERICAN. If coach Dietz and other Native Americans were okay with it back in the day, then it shouldn't matter what a small minority, including some privileged white dude thinks.  You have become a useful idiot Kluwe.



Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Where was all the support for GLBT rights from Stonewall to 2008? Read a book.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Dude, save your emotions. I've supported GLBT rights for 20 years...long before it was trendy to do so. I also have Native American heritage. My point: Chris Kluwe killed his own career in the NFL.

Josh Ripley
Josh Ripley

Yeah well maybe to you money is more important than standing up for what's right, but obviously he cares more about equality than how much he can make off of a screwed up organization.

Des Biggins
Des Biggins

Love Chris. Was kinda sad the Raiders didn't keep him on...

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

He's a moron that tried to bridge the gap from hipsters to the nfl...

mars
mars

I wish this washed up dude would just go away already!!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

The Washington team could make a ton of $$$ by changing their name and logo. Think of all the saps that would be lining up for the new jerseys, jackets, hats, etc.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

He won't make NFL money being a GLBT and ethnicity advocate. Sorry.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

This dude really didn't like the NFL paychecks.

keny1
keny1

Who's Chris Kluwe?

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

If you look at the meaning and history of it all, it is a little unfortunate to use a term like that to represent the capitals football team. I am 100% sure eventually it will go down just like it did in ND.

With that said, Kluwe....its not what you say generally...its your obnoxious manner of ego puffing that gets under most peoples skin. I don't know anyone else that I agree with as much, but seems like as big a d-bag as him.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

The dude is desperate for attention, evidently. Thanks, City Pages, for feeding his ego. 

Who does City Pages love more, Kluwe or Brad Smith, a.k.a. "Bradlee Dean?" #TweetsAreYours

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TwinTown77 Do you have any idea what a stupid racist asshole zhaabo made you look like?  Change your life you stupid bigot bastard.  You don't give a shit about honoring Native Americans or zhaabo wouldn't have had to educate your stupid racist ass.  

zhaabo
zhaabo

@TwinTown77  Actually, "Lone Star" Dietz was indicted and convicted for impersonating James One Star, Oglala Sioux, while attempting to avoid the draft. He has zero Native heritage, educate yourself: http://nmai.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/seminars-symposia/WaggonerWEBSpr2013.pdf

When I see drunken whooping football fans covered in cheap feathers and body paint, I don't feel "honored". It's shameful and offensive, and was worse as a kid not so desensitized to blatant racism, like this fan: http://colorlines.com/assets_c/2013/09/eaglesredskins090913-thumb-640xauto-9069.jpg

But I guess that doesn't count because "it shouldn't matter what a small minority thinks", that minority being the one the slur is directed against. The NFL matters more. Thanks for clearing that up, looking forward to picking up a "Kansas Kikes" or "Washington N*ggers" jersey in the near future. 

KlooKloo
KlooKloo

@TwinTown77 Good thing Deitz wasn't black, then. Though, not just right-wingers would be yelling about "Washington N*ggers", then.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Lenny Grossman I know, Kluwe should stop speaking out about civil rights and racism, and just mind his own business. What a jerk he is, for voicing his opinion in a free country such as this one.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@Des Biggins If he was a better punter they would have.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mars I know, that's what we say about you everytime you post here.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MNjoe Great point.  Too bad they are owned by a racist idiot who's only accomplishment in life was being born a rich guy.   

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Daren L. MN I'm sure this guy has more in the bank than every commenter on this article combined. 12 years of NFL paychecks would set anyone up for life. 

ludwitr
ludwitr

@Daren L. MN You're extremely fixated on money.  Surely you have other aspirations in life, no?  If not, you are a very sad individual.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Daren L. MN Not like he needs them - I'm sure he's set for life.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@TweetsAreYours I didn't know that freedom of speech only applied to Republicans.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@zhaabo @TwinTown77 Too bad about Lone Star.  BTW, are you Ojibwe?

kid.sunshine
kid.sunshine

You got problems. I mean, you name yourself MicheleBachmann and you share the same bitterness that Kluwe has. Disturbing and said.

KlooKloo
KlooKloo

@MNjoe ...And his book advance/sales, speaking engagments, articles, etc. Kluwe's fine, not stupid, and not gonna spend his cash on cars and mansions.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@ludwitr @keny1 That's keny, he's a convicted horse rapist/Repbulican racist troll.    He has a tiny brain and an even smaller penis which makes him post stupid racist nonsense all day.  No one takes him serious and the world will be a better place when he is dead.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@TwinTown77 I never pretended to be tough but you pretended to care about being sensitive and honoring Native Americans.   When zhaabo made you look like the stupid idiot you are you didn't change your mind at all.  Just shows what a phony racist bastard you are.   

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

@zhaabo @TwinTown77 I have tried to point out to several folks the real history of the whole bounty for heads and scalp thing, few people know that the WA Redskins logo is in fact the sign hung on general stores to indicate they would pay bounty for Native body parts, the largest amount paid for a whole head.  It would be practically impossible for folks to come up with a more< hateful depiction of Native Folks.  It would be like having the \New York Kikes logo be a burned body in an oven.

zhaabo
zhaabo

@TwinTown77 My heritage does not change the racist nature of this subject, it only makes it more personal for me.

I would think that all people, regardless of background, would not be okay with a pejorative term that is rooted from the practice of settlers being paid a bounty for Native body parts and scalps, commonly called "redskins". 

kid.sunshine
kid.sunshine

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. 


As an ex-liberal, good intentions are almost meaningless and Kluwe is stupid - too stupid to see he's too idealistic and too self-righteous - despite what his articulate writing broadcasts. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KlooKloo @MNjoe And he's got a good heart - which is far more valuable than money. (Although I doubt the Republican trolls who frequent this 'liberal rag' would see it that way.

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