Takin’ It To The Tweets: Chris Kluwe Calls Manning, Brees, Others ‘Douchebags’

Just last week we highlighted Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe’s admirable efforts at creating a lockout-themed “Hitler’s Downfall” parody video, now he’s back at it on Twitter, taking shots at some pretty big NFL names, mentioning them all and summarizing his thoughts on those players with the hashtag #douchebags.

What is sticking in Kluwe’s craw is how Peyton Manning and Drew Brees (and others, including Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins) are selfishly attempting to hijack settlement discussions in order to negotiate their own side deals, with the possible side effect of stalling a timely resolution and end to the lockout. In the case of Manning and Brees, they want be exempt from ever having the franchise tag placed upon them during the remainder of their careers while Jackson and Mankins would like to become unrestricted free agents or alternatively, be compensated to the tune of $10 million.

Way to put your own selfish interests in front of all of your NFL-playing colleagues, and perhaps more importantly, all of your fans. The punter is right: quite the demonstration of being “that guy.” A mighty fine job pointing it out, Chris Kluwe. Screw those guys.

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  1. Steve

    July 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    chris who

  2. Joe

    July 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Steve who?

  3. Michael_K

    July 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Good for him, he has the guts to say what a lot of other NFL players are thinking. I admire him for not sucking up to the sacred cows like the media does.

  4. MooseMan

    July 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Nothing but respect for Kluwe. He may be a punter. But he’s as good at his job as Manning and the rest are at theirs. That’s what matters.

  5. Bj

    July 20, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Pal, you should be spouting off about Drew Brees when you played with one of the arrogant drama queens of the game. C’mon give me a damned break. Drew’s got more sense than to be compared to Peyton Manning even and Manning’s a drama queen in the making. Drew’s never gone out seeking to make a negative name for himself like the other two and how you or anybody else can see that is beyond me. You need to look further into things before you spout your stupid mouth off. Or just maybe you’ve had too many folks running into you either on game day or at practice. Either way you need to get a grip.

    • Rob

      July 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

      I am surprised you took Brees’ peeniss out of your mouth long enough to write this.

    • Dave

      July 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Yea with a name like BJ hahaha

  6. zach

    July 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    way to make a jerk of yourself by slamming people based on rumors…..not facts, but rumors. why do they let punters talk to the media? who even listens to these slaps?

    • zach

      July 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

      #douchebags…nice touch ya douchbag.

      • D's

        July 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

        If ya’all would watch the news these guys and don’t forget about Tom Brady are all having their little side deals, money hungry bi**ches is all they are, step aside and let the deal get done, worry about yourselves later, I’m sure your not hurting for money…

  7. Claw

    July 20, 2011 at 10:04 am

    You can blame this on players if you want to, but the fact of the matter is Mankins and Jackson were both royally screwed by their teams last year. They are geniuses to pursue this settlement because all of the pressure will be on the NFL to get the season started and it won’t really effect the NFL all that much to pay them $10 million a piece, or allow those two to become unrestricted free agents. The only thing that they have to worry about is criticism from ignorant fans (ie everyone posting on this page) and players with tunnel vision (Kluwe). Also, let’s not act like Kluwe is some kind of hero, he hid behind his keyboard and posted on twitter which is one of the most cowardly things you can do. Plus, he’s barely even a real player. #fightthepower.

  8. Robert Fritts

    July 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Well Claw your as wrong as any narrow minded, Hero worshipping, non-playing dude has ever been. Chis Kluwe could have made these same comment to any sports outlet in America. Hell ESPN and Fox Sports eat these “tip offs” up instantly. Mike and Mike in the Morning has unidentified sources on the phone all the time. But He used twitter and used his real name. No, he is not a hero but he is very truthful. The actions and statements of Brady, Manning and Brees make these facts, not rumors.
    If you think Drew Brees would not leave the Saints in a heatbeat, to Cleveland or Buffalo(with no chance of winning anything but 1st draft pick) for a extra 3-4 million duckies, then you sir are a fool.
    I do now expect all of you player-good, owners-bad types to be out in the streets at the 191 US Corporations that make more money than the NFL protesting to make sure the cleaning lady gets $4.8million a year or you are HYPOCRITS!

    • Claw

      July 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

      I’m not wrong nor am I narrow minded. I think any coach or player who goes to the media instead of the person that they are frustrated with is having a moment of either cowardice or stupidity. I’m not even going to touch on anything else that you said because it’s clear that you have no idea what you are talking about. There is a lot more to labor negotiations and litigation for collective bargaining agreements than they tell you on ESPN. That being said I’ll leave you to your own misinformed opinions because I don’t have the time nor the interest to explain it all to you. I would suggest you do some research for yourself though to avoid further embarrassment.

      • doug

        July 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        you claw dont know shit

        • Claw

          July 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm

          Excellent argument

  9. Bill

    July 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I suspect that even a “lowly” punter knows a whole lot more than anyone posting to this site so far. He IS an NFL player, after all, and has a stake in these negotiations. You do not. While I’ve not heard of any of these “side deals” before, I give the report more cred coming from him than from some b’caster looking for a ratings bump or some “well-informed” fan whose feelings are hurt that his favorite qb has been called-out. I live in BR and pull for Brees but that doesn’t mean I wear blinders or put plugs in my ears where he’s concerned.

    • Claw

      July 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

      This is the first you have heard of the side deals which means that you have no idea what they entail. Chris Kluwe, like most of the players, probably doesn’t have a clue (no pun intended) what goes on during labor negotiations. He made a brash, misinformed, and stupid statement, and I guarantee that he apologizes for it.

  10. Dbo

    July 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I’m curious Claw, what makes you more informed than an NFL player. I think everyone reading your comments might not have a problem with what you are saying if you can provide credentials that show that you know more than they do. last time i checked each team votes in a player rep for the PA who acts as the liason between the players and the PA. Considering the player reps are in the middle of the negotiations im pretty sure they are keeping all of the other players informed as to whats going on. as far as Kluwe hiding behind his keyboard, im pretty sure he knew that it would get out into the media scene faster on twitter than if he talked to one local media person. im pretty sure he didnt post that on twitter hoping no one would see it, at least he had the balls to step out and state what he feels, im pretty sure there are other players, even bigger named than him that feel the same way, so please do myself and everyone else here a favor and give us one good reason to believe you over the media and an NFL player

    • Claw

      July 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree from a major university on the subject. You will more than likely not believe that, but that’s not what’s important. You seem to be “pretty sure” about a lot of things. Players are largely ignorant on what actually happens during the litigation process, and that includes player reps because they don’t have relevant degrees. As such there is no way that they can keep other players informed on the intricacies of the process ie law suit details because they don’t understand it themselves. Apparently you can read Kluwe’s mind too? Do you think Rashard Mendenhall wanted his tweets about Bin laden to reach the media? How about Larry Johnson and his gay slurs? I guess my real question to you is where are you getting your information? People tweet things without thinking all the time, especially athletes.

  11. Bill

    July 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Well, the bit dog howls first. Claw, I wasn’t addressing my comments to you in particular, but let’s go. A BA & masters on WHAT subject? “NFL contract talks involving side deals to particular players”? I can just see THAT thesis. Talk about narrowly defining an area of expertise! Bullwinkle also went to a “major” university – good ol’ Whatsamatta U. Even he listened to the voice of reason and common sense, ie, Rocky. You are utterly & deliberately vague as to your credentials. A person doesn’t need a degree to listen to another say something. If someone says he wants to not be tagged as a franchise player, that is very clear. Likewise when one wants $10M or UFA status. Just because I have not heard of these side deals is no reason to state I have no idea what they entail. I can simply read these posts and have a very clear understanding what is meant by the term ‘side deals.’ No lawyeresque speechification course needed. Intent is all that’s needed to be known. Someone wants something special for themselves. Damn, do you think a plain old regular guy doesn’t understand the concept of a side deal? Do you think knowledge of them is the exclusive province of NFL players and lawyers – and you? Talk about having no idea.

    • Claw

      July 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

      What does it matter whether or not I’m vague. Even if I was lying don’t you think I could come up with a specific degree field as well as a prestigious university? Even if I gave you my full name and a website link to prove my credentials you could still call me a liar and claim that it wasn’t me so what’s the point? Whether you believe me or not it is true that I have two degrees in this field, and as such I understand that there are things about labor negotiations that most people just don’t understand. You continue to make this quite clear, especially since you directly claimed that you got your information about the subject from the posts on this page. For future reference uninformed blog postings = a bad place to get accurate information. I don’t want you to think I’m calling you unintelligent, simply ignorant.

  12. Bill

    July 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    “What does it matter whether or not I’m vague.” Well, a whole lot. You claim authority without divulging what that authority is. Period. I don’t care how many degrees you have or from where; what is the nature of those degrees? As Dbo said, just tell us. We’re not here to cry BS. And I didn’t “directly claim” I got info from the posts, I admitted it. There is a big difference. I am being forthright, divulging the degree and source of my knowledge. Someone with two, one, or no degrees in any subject will comprehend that. And not all posts are uninformed, that is a most specious argument, it sounds right but it isn’t. For you to say that is to condemn you own argument: If all posts are uninformed and there is nothing to be learned from them, then yours cannot be characterized as informed and learned. To call me ignorant is an ad hominem argument, as in “attack the man” rather than the subject. I still believe that Crewes has more insight than any poster here – either pro or con. HE plays in the NFL. You and I do not! That is the point I made in my initial post and I stand by it. You have offered nothing of any substance to refute my point, only vague mumblings that you know what I and others don’t – it doesn’t work like that, in the real world or in the blogs.

    • claw

      July 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Fine, both of my degrees are in Sport Management from the University of Georgia. I have had masters level classes in Labor Relations in Sport as well as Sports Law. If you believe that then believe this, if you had the background that I have it would be clear to you that Kluwe, the blogger, and everyone posting are all ignorant about what they are saying. I’m not bragging about my credentials, I think it is within almost anyone’s grasp to achieve what I have with relative ease. My point is that none of you have and therefore you don’t really know what you’re talking about. I might waste my time trying to refute your point if you had ever made one to begin with. You seem to think that playing in the NFL makes you privy to what is going on in the lockout negotiations. I know a few NFL players personally and they basically really only know what they see on ESPN. That is fact, it’s not what I think it’s what I know.

  13. Cac90277

    July 29, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I know you all care about the NFL. And that is the part that will hurt when you hear this. F all these F’ing A’holes. Let these F’ers get a real job selling shoes. And let the owners eat a huge bowl of S and sit on their stadiums for the next 5 years doing nothing. I can’t stand a one of them. Money is what it all came down to. It always does. Now, get ready to really blast me: in NASCAR, this S would NEVER happen. The drivers are free to drive on the 405 freeway for nothing anytime they want. Drivers KNOW they owe the fans and sponsors EVERYTHING. If the drivers feel wronged in the persuit of 10’s of millions, they can go race for change in the INDY racing league. That’s why drivers thank the fans EVERY race in victory circle. They don’t bitch and moan about money and they thank God they are doing something they LOVE and getting any pay for it. I am not saying drivers are all saints, but when it comes to $$$, you will never hear of a driver saying ANYTHING negative.

    • Cac90277

      July 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

      And to add, how many convict A’holes get caught break all kinds of laws like weapons charges, attempted rape, sexual assuly, batterey, etc. NFL, NBA, MLB. They might have a slip up, but NASCAR fixes them and threatens them with suspension and then lifetime suspension. One change for breaking the rules. That’s all you get.

  14. ldm

    July 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    While, his (Kluwe’s) language is a bit off, his point is right between the uprights…. GOOD FOR HIM

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