We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yesterday a former NFL punter, Chris Kluwe, wrote an article for Deadspin that intimated he was released due to his advocacy in support of gay marriage/gay rights. I doubt very much his outspokenness led to his release. He had other tryouts and didn't make those teams. My guess is his performance was declining, which Kluwe suggests when he mentioned his knee surgery.
Kluwe had, or has, a monster leg. He is well known for out-kicking his coverage toward the end of his tenure. In the NFL, this is indicative of being a poor punter.
Kluwe hoped someone in management would tell him what to do, be quiet or speak up. Management never does that, because formally telling someone to keep their mouth shut can lead to lawsuits. Best to hint it's not a good idea and let the speaker fill in the blanks. Kluwe, a player well-known for his intelligence, failed to connect those dots.
Others doubt he was let go for his comments. However, if the choice came down to him and someone of equal skill, it's doubtful his comments improved his chances of play. Better to have a less highly visible player doing as good a job for a much lower salary. I used Kluwe's story to provide a life lesson for my boys. Understand that saying what you believe is right and just, and shouldn't necessarily be punishable, but sometimes it's better to say nothing. Unless you are your own boss, you should consider yourself replaceable.
The Vikings have said they will look into his allegations. However, the primary statistic for punting success, pinning opponents inside the 20, had dropped to a new low his final season.
Did someone in the organization say or do something 'wrong'? Probably, in today's world we're all guilty of this at some point. Is that meaningful? Not really. I don't support anti-gay slurs, but everyone is allowed to have a point of view. More importantly, when you work for any firm, you need to be careful to not put them at risk, particularly if they make it clear you're stepping on some toes. My guess is Kluwe's skills were in decline, and he didn't help his own case. He certainly doesn't make himself look better as a bitter, petulant complainant. If anything, my respect for his willingness to speak up on issues (even some I disagree with him on) has dropped because he has become so self-serving with this article.
Indeed, I've seen some people suggest Tim Tebow can't find a home in the NFL because of his beliefs. I doubt that is any more true than Kluwe's claims. Even if it is true, Tebow has the good sense to not say anything about it.
I think it is more likely that management of a profit making company that depends upon the public approval doesn't want any kind of controversy. They probably could care less if he is pro or anti-gay marriage as long as he doesn't distract from their business or cause them legal problems.
Meh, I'm a Vikings fan, he's a highly paid mediocre punter who as noted out kicked his coverage way too often (avg a punt return TD per year, worst in the NFL) and failed too many times to drop a punt behind the 20 yard line failing to pin the opponent deep. Being a highly paid mediocre is a guarantee cut in the NFL. Doesn't help if you're also a pain in the ass which he apparently is as evidenced by this nonsense. Punters and kickers and other players who barely make the roster should just shut up and play. Whatever NFL fans actually gives a crap about what a mediocre punter thinks about gay marriage, or frankly anything, are probably mostly agin' it, or simply don't care. He's a drama queen screaming for attention because his punting career is likely over.
Tebow can't get a job because he is a terrible NFL QB and apparently won't consider playing another position suited to his size and skill set like FB or TE.
There's typically not a lot of mystery behind personnel moves in pro sports.
But, if it is the case that all white men should learn to keep their mouths shut (as they have done so well in academia during these past 30 years) then when will we have courage as an expected quality from this group?
That's a very good point. But it's an issue, as BD points out, of knowing what's important.
Academia has failed because so many professors lack a backbone and fall in line with the PC meme.
Kluwe accuses his employers of a lack of courage, and implies he was courageous.
Perhaps he was, but when you speak up, you have to accept other consequences go along with your actions.
My gripe with Kluwe wasn't what he said originally. It was how he reacted to the eventual outcome, something he had to know was coming as his skills declined. Instead of accepting his own failures, he's chosen a coward's approach by pointing fingers.
That said, I know I've been let go of at least one position for speaking out of turn. I'd still do it, if I had to. I know what I said was right and I don't blame executives for taking action they felt was necessary. In the end, they followed my advice, though they'd never admit it. Sometimes you kill the messenger simply because you can.