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Continued: Kluwe knew his time with Vikings was over

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 7, 2013 - 7:52 AM

“I’m not going to lie to another team and tell them, ‘No, I’m never going to say anything,’ ” Kluwe said. “But what I can tell them is that everything I’ve tweeted, everything I’ve ever put out there have been things I’ve been very careful to keep them away from the organization.

“I’ve always spoken for myself. I’ve never said anything denigrating about coaches or players or management or whatever. It’s simply speaking up on things I feel strongly about.”

Kluwe could not say for sure whether voicing his opinions so frequently had become a catalyst for his release. But he’s hopeful that was not the case and that it won’t deter other organizations from giving him an opportunity.

“That would be a pretty disappointing to see in the NFL,” he said. “As athletes, we have an opportunity to be role models. And I think we have a platform to do a lot of good in the world by taking advantage of the opportunity to speak out on important societal issues. I’d hate to think that would be considered a major distraction on equal footing with all the arrests that go on around the league.”

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