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Kluwe cut for being outspoken?
Long one of the most outspoken NFL players, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote on Deadspin on Thursday that his vocal ways, and the causes he supported (namely same-sex marriage), lost him his job in the Twin Cities. The Vikings, via statement, said they would review the situation, but that Kluwe's words did not get him released before the 2013 season. What do you think? Does the NFL frown upon outspokenness? Do you like it when athletes speak out? Cast your votes below.
The National Football League's tentative $765 million settlement with retired players who sued the league over concussion-related brain injuries got a cautious reception Thursday from current and former players on Twitter.
Glad to see the NFL Settling with retired players on the concussion case! It may not be the answer but it is steps in the right direction!— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) August 29, 2013
Glad to see the older guys are getting taken care of with the concussion settlement. It'll never be enough, but it's a start.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) August 29, 2013
Glad to see NFL and players settle the concussion case, it's the right thing to do,now we can put it behind us— leroy butler (@leap36) August 29, 2013
However, former players' union president and retired center Kevin Mawae pointed out the settlement is dwarfed by the money the league is expected to make over the next 12 years.
NFL concussion lawsuit net outcome? Big loss for the players now and the future! Estimated NFL revenue by 2025 = $27 BILLION— Kevin Mawae (@KevinMawae) August 29, 2013
Others, including Kluwe and current ESPN NFL analyst Damien Woody, wondered what the settlement might mean for the NFL and its players going forward.
With the concussion lawsuit settled, where does the 18-game scenario stand— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) August 29, 2013
Curious, though, what the NFL is going to do after putting $765 million into figuring out you can't pad the inside of someone's head.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) August 29, 2013
Former Seahawks, Raiders and Giants linebacker Aaron Curry, who retired from the NFL on Wednesday, said the settlement money won't buy back the things that brain injuries take away.
Settlement on #concussions not gonna make up for early death, forgetting kids name and rest of stuff that come w/ brain trauma. Prayers— Aaron Curry (@AaronCurry51) August 29, 2013
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