Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has never been one to hide his feelings and that remained the case on Tuesday.
Kluwe took to Twitter (www.twitter.com/chriswarcraft) to express his dismay about the reports that a few of the 10 named plaintiffs in the Brady vs. NFL antitrust lawsuit are trying to get their own deal in the settlement. The players are supposed to be representing all the players.
Kluwe tweeted: "Sigh, and once again greed is the operative byword. Congrats [Drew] Brees, [Peyton] Manning, [Logan] Mankins, and [Vincent] Jackson for being 'that guy'." The punter then added a hashtag word at the end that isn't fit for a family newspaper.
Asked if he was really upset or just having fun, Kluwe said: "It’s like a mix of both. The thing is we’re so close to having a deal done and to kind of pull that at the last minute it feels kind of like blackmail. We all out the owners when they do crap like that and it's only fair to call out our own peope when they do the same thing. I'm against hypocrisy wherever it's at. Just finish the deal up so we can get the season going."
Kluwe's tweet came after Yahoo! Sports reported the agent for Jackson, a Chargers wide receiver, and Logan Mankins, a Patriots guard, were demanding their clients become unrestricted free agents once the lockout is lifted or receive $10 million payments as part of the settlement of the case.
"I get that they got screwed over with how the uncapped year worked out [last season], but at some point 80 or 90 percent in this league would love to play for a restricted free-agent offer," Kluwe said. "That's getting paid a pretty good sum of money for one year. I know I'd gladly pay for a restricted free-agent tender. You’re going to make more money than the average American makes in their lifetime in one year."
Kluwe has been on a roll when it comes to social media. Last week, he posted on You Tube the latest version of a parody from the 2004 "Downfall" film that documents the last days inside Hitler's bunker. This one was supposed to be Hitler learning about the NFL lockout. We won't even link to it because of the language.
Kluwe said it took him more than three hours to work the subtitles into the video. "Everyone seemed to like the video," Kluwe said. "I haven't gotten any fallout from the league, but I assume until we negotiate a new CBA that won't happen."