Thursday, January 09, 2014

Sparklepunter retreats

The bravely outspoken Chris Kluwe is rapidly retreating from his previous comments about the moral imperative to blackball Mike Priefer and render him unemployable now that current Vikings are speaking out against him.
Harrison Smith came to the defense of special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer on Friday, calling the accusations made by former punter Chris Kluwe "a shame."

As a rookie in 2012, Smith said he attended many special-teams meetings with Priefer and Kluwe. "In my experience with Coach Priefer, he has been nothing but a classy guy," Smith said in a phone interview. "He's been respectful for everybody's views, whether you're black, white, Mexican, any religion. ... I just think it's a shame to take a shot at a guy when he can't defend himself. I just don't think it's very fair that you can say whatever you want that somebody said something to you and you don't really have any person to back it up. I don't think that's good. I just think it's a slippery slope."
The article also notes that Vikings kicker Blair Walsh has also spoken publicly in defense of the special teams coach. Underlying Sparklegate is the fact that there isn't a single sane player in the NFL who wants the league to get into the business of politically policing the views of its players and its coaches. Even if Priefer did say it would be a smashing idea to put all the gays on an island and nuke it until it glows, not only is that his perfect right to express his opinion, but I guarantee it is a more moderate view than that held by many of the black players in the league. They're not exactly what one would call keen on "that sweet stuff". Can't be in there with that, nah.

As an NCAA D1 sprinter, I competed against several future NFL players. And believe me, merely being a) white, and b) under 200 pounds was enough to provoke suspicious stares and the occasional interrogation about your sexual preferences. From what I observed, elite black athletes really do not like the "little white faggots" who fetishize them.

Remember, the NFL does not only consist of educated white coaches who speak in hyperbole. As politically correct as the league is, it also has to be coldly realistic about the possibility of groups of 75 IQ steroid-addled physical specimens reacting to an inappropriate pass in the locker room by beating someone to death. The Hernandez case is bad enough; like it or not, the NFL has very good reasons for wanting to keep homosexuality tightly locked in the closet and none of them involve religious white conservatives.

It appears Sparklepunter is finally beginning to realize just how deeply he has put his foot in it. If he doesn't continue to rapidly backtrack, he's going to come out of this looking more racist than a card-carrying Ku Klux Klan member.



Anonymous Peter Garstig January 09, 2014 9:04 AM  

Stupid guy. It took him over a year to come out with it, doesn't even smell his own bigotry in the article he wrote and retracts when called out. He's like a woman spilling out what comes to mind.

Anonymous stevev January 09, 2014 9:14 AM  

Hahahahahaha! Sparklepunter is the best nickname ever. Cleaning coffee off my phone now.

Blogger JartStar January 09, 2014 9:23 AM  

Sounds like his lawyer spoke to him about what the Vikings lawyers have planned if he goes forward.

Anonymous aaaaturkey January 09, 2014 9:31 AM  

"Football clubs are very different environments. Locker room nudity is an everyday part of our lives and unlike any other work place.

I believe it would cause discomfort in that environment should someone declare himself gay.

I have played with a gay player in the twos for Mayne in Queensland in the mid-1990s who was happy to admit his sexual persuasion. He was a great guy who played his heart out and was respected by everyone in the team.

The only time I noticed a difference was when I was showering with 10 other players after a good win and I turned around to see all 10 heading out in a second with their towels. Sure enough, our gay teammate had wandered in.

For some reason I felt uncomfortable, so I left. I am sure most players these days would do the same.

I know he wasn't about to try and convert me to his way of thinking, but I was uncomfortable all the same."

- Jason Akermanis, AFL football player, 2010.

Blogger JDC January 09, 2014 9:45 AM  

He's auditioning for his future appearance with Dan Savage at a metropolitan high school decrying the evils of bullying.

Anonymous Jason Roberts January 09, 2014 9:55 AM  

I don't know if this is a rapid backtracking. He still wants the coach to attend "therapy" and meet with homosexual interest groups. It's like a poor negotiation of making an outrageous demand you know no one will support to then move to a more reasonable middle-ground except it's not reasonable, only less extreme. Arguably, submission to a therapy session to cure you of your bias is a stronger sign of vanquish than firing your opponent and allowing him to keep his bias.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 09, 2014 9:56 AM  

UFC takes the opposite attitude, mercilessly enforcing a public pro-gay, pro trans-gender front from its cage-fighters, and requiring the careless of speech to pay heavy fines and grovel humiliatingly. It's worked so far.

Anonymous Gx1080 January 09, 2014 9:56 AM  

Nobody was supporting him so he started to back down.

Proof that, above any morals that they claim to have, Lefties are for the groupthink first.

Anonymous The other skeptic January 09, 2014 10:19 AM  

Now wait a minute, if racism might have some far-fetched connection to aging in black men then ...

Anonymous Daniel January 09, 2014 10:42 AM  

Definite walkback to the scalzied delta. Next statement will be something about his rant really being about just wanting to "open up an honest dialog," potentially something about how no one was smart enough to pick up on his "irony." Sparklepunters of the world have only one way to read an audience: emote, pontificate, react.

Anonymous castricv January 09, 2014 10:42 AM  

Peter G, it sounds very much like a homosexual to be fair. When it quacks like a duck....

As much damage to "the cause" as Kluwe is doing, one could be forgiven for thinking him a mole amongst progressives, but he clearly isn't that bright.

These people have no honor. It is one thing to come out as soon as something trivial happens and be merely whiny, it is another to wait for a long time and then tattle tale some irrelevant pc hatespeech knowing full well what the damage you hope to inflict will be. It is worse than women's actions to be frank. He knows full well the damage this could cause, but still unleashes it because he can and he's offended for other people.

Never trust people who will sell out any principle for trvial gains or harm people in any way in order to simply not inconvenience themselves. Sick.

On the plus side there seems to be near universal backlash on every site I've been too, with even the media having a hard time presenting his "cause" with any enthusiasm.

Blogger Hamilton January 09, 2014 10:49 AM  

As a former NCAA D1 basketball player, I can second the experience that black athletes are NOT friendly toward homosexuality. There were no suspected homos on our basketball team, as our sexual exploits around campus were legendary (and true). The soccer team also had a good reputation for womanizing. The baseball team was a different story, all those guy were suspected gay until proven otherwise.

Anonymous castricv January 09, 2014 10:51 AM  

One wonders a decade from now what the new cause of the day will be now that progressives can get anyone fired simply by hearsay of those who are offended on their behalf. Even in an adrenaline fueled football locker room no less. The gay gravy train they've ridden for the last few years is starting to bore the masses, so what happens now?
What exciting new most important cause ever is waiting to entice our collective spirits now that the rainforest, whales, ozone layer, and soon to be global warming don't matter anymore?

Who will be the new underdogs for us to enbolden now that blacks, gays, 50.5% of the entire planet's humans (sans penis), and countless others are now passe.

Perhaps liberalism finally flames out from sheer boredom and no one left to blame but their own allies.

Bring us a king!

Anonymous Alexander January 09, 2014 10:52 AM  

Kluwedo: A game of mystery, which victim group tries to murder the spirit of western civilization?

This time, it was the homosexual with the feelhurt accusations in the press room. But who knows who's next!

Anonymous castricv January 09, 2014 10:55 AM  

Hamilton, what part of the country did you go to school in??? At Vandy, I'd like to see anyone tell a baseball player that garbage. If anyone in the athletic community was assumed gay beyond the girls basketball team, it was most surely the soccer players.

Your few times being around a few alpha soccer players ( and yes they do get a good subset of hot chicks) does not offset at all the perception they have amongst the rest of the male athlete community.

Blogger JDC January 09, 2014 11:01 AM  

As a former NCAA D1 basketball player, I can second the experience that black athletes are NOT friendly toward homosexuality

That holds for the prison community as well - even the gents who are engaging in certain naughty acts - for them, that is separate from being homosexual. In jails/prisons, the openly homosexual inmates require special protection.

The baseball team was a different story, all those guy were suspected gay until proven otherwise.

I don't even want to ask about the soccer team.

Blogger JDC January 09, 2014 11:06 AM  

Your few times being around a few alpha soccer players ( and yes they do get a good subset of hot chicks) does not offset at all the perception they have amongst the rest of the male athlete community.

I went to a very small D-III school, was captain of our soccer team my senior year, president of my fraternity my senior year...and the football players (who weren't in our fraternity) still thought I was gay, even though, on three occasions, I was banging their girlfriends (thank goodness they never found out...I was charismatic but not crazy). I guess it was better to be considered gay than to have one's head kicked in.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 January 09, 2014 11:18 AM  

Looks to me that between this incident and the response to the Phil Robertson affair, we are seeing a huge backlash to the Lavender Mafia. And it is only the beginning.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 09, 2014 11:46 AM  

So, what plans did Sparklepunter have for his post-NFL employment anyway? Punters aren't quite like Place Kickers where teams are always getting fed up with their current guy and figuring they'd be better off with a different guy that another team got fed up with last year. I don't get the impression there are frequent openings, and a guy from the bottom half of the league who's made himself into a clubhouse cancer probably isn't going to get any calls.

Anonymous Alexander January 09, 2014 11:53 AM  

Right Jack, so I'm thinking he saw that, and thought that being a cancerous asshole would up his post-NFL career opportunities in the land of 'civil rights activist.'

He was trying to get some cred.

Anonymous Sigyn January 09, 2014 11:57 AM  

Who will be the new underdogs for us to enbolden now that blacks, gays, 50.5% of the entire planet's humans (sans penis), and countless others are now passe.

It's a toss-up between incestuous siblings (already accepted if it's "hot" twin sisters in a three-way, of course), polygamists, and pedophiles.

Anonymous Gx1080 January 09, 2014 12:06 PM  

@ Alexander

Bingo! Notice that he only started to retract from his statements when it became obvious that he wasn't going to be come an "activist". All the blind worship on Reddit doesn't pay the bills.

Anonymous Noah B. January 09, 2014 12:07 PM  

"So, what plans did Sparklepunter have for his post-NFL employment anyway?"

MSNBC sports commentator.

Anonymous p-dawg January 09, 2014 12:09 PM  

@castricv: "Who will be the new underdogs for us to enbolden now that blacks, gays, 50.5% of the entire planet's humans (sans penis), and countless others are now passe?"


Anonymous Sigyn January 09, 2014 12:13 PM  


Well, there ARE people who'd like to put them in ovens...

Anonymous dB January 09, 2014 12:57 PM  

I think some additions to the voxicon are necessary with sparklepunter and lavender lobby. As of late, the comedy names here have just been superb.

Anonymous tiredofitall January 09, 2014 3:32 PM  

"The baseball team was a different story, all those guy were suspected gay until proven otherwise." - Hamilton

It was the phallic baseball bats, and all the "atta boy" pats on the butt, wasn't it?

Blogger Hamilton January 09, 2014 3:52 PM  

I think our soccer players were respected because we shared a dorm floor with them and saw the high quality girls they'd run through. I was advised on my first day that the soccer team was "straight." Now, they were never respected as athletes, but it was hard to deny their hetrosexuality with parties they threw.

castricv - I played in the ACC - so located in the southeast. Personally I assume everyone ever associated with Vandy is gay, especially any baseball players. Our baseball players had no issues with being assumed gay, they had no issues with anyone on the basketball team. 5-10/190 lbs vs. 6-10/255lbs will do that to you.

Blogger The Anti-Gnostic January 09, 2014 4:43 PM  

This reminds me of the Incognito - Martin brouhaha down in Miami. Who did folks think was going to win that one, the cherub-faced Stanford grad, or the vet on the team's leadership council with the warrior tats?

NFL is gladiator culture. It's not for everybody. I like to think I can hold my own but NFL is another level.

Anonymous T14 January 09, 2014 8:11 PM  

re under 200 lbs, a favorite quote

"An adult male weighs at least 200 pounds." - Mark Rippetoe

Anonymous Sammy Baugh January 09, 2014 10:00 PM  

With all the minorities in the NFL, you'd almost think they're awarding jobs based on merit as a business model.

Blogger The Anti-Gnostic January 10, 2014 9:24 AM  

"An adult male weighs at least 200 pounds." - Mark Rippetoe

I lol'ed, from the comfortable weight of 220. But I have known some incredibly tough mofo's who topped out at 185. That's probably the ideal, efficient weight for an infantry soldier or special ops.

Anonymous Susan January 10, 2014 9:55 AM  

After finally seeing a photo of Sparklepunter, I submit his post NFL employment could include some romporn bookcovers.

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