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Chris Kluwe draws ire of special teams coach for “distractions”

Chris Kluwe

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (5) punts in the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Andy King)


Whether it’s his vocal support of same-sex marriage or his campaign to get punter Ray Guy in the Hall of Fame, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe isn’t bashful about speaking his mind.

It appears as though Kluwe’s antics have finally drawn the criticism of at least one of his coaches.

According to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer is getting tired of Kluwe’s “distractions.”

The latest “distraction” was Kluwe putting a “Vote Ray Guy” note over the 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame patch teams wore last weekend. Kluwe was fined $5,250 for the display.

“Those distractions are getting old for me, to be quite honest with you,” Priefer said. “Do I think Ray Guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely. But there’s other ways of going about it, in my opinion.”

While the Vikings publicly supported Kluwe’s campaign for same-sex marriage rights, to Priefer the routine has worn thin.

“To me it’s getting old. He’s got to focus on punting and holding,” Priefer said.

He was then asked if that was something he has told Kluwe specifically.

“Nah,” Priefer said. “He don’t listen.”

As Kluwe is known to do, he took to Twitter, presumably, to address his coach’s comments and bring some levity to the situation.

“I want you all to know that I just meditated for 5 hours in the lotus position, solely contemplating football. I feel spiritually cleansed,” Kluwe tweeted. “Unfortunately I now appear to be stuck and cannot move my legs. I might be downgraded to questionable for the game Sunday. Please send help.”