Earlier this week, Sean Payton, Gregg Williams and Mickey Loomis received their severe punishments from the NFL for their roles in the involvement in the bounty scandal that took place with the New Orleans Saints. The one individual that was allegedly involved in direct bounty payments, Jonathan Vilma, has yet to receive any punishment. If Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe has it his way, Vilma would be banned for life.
To refresh your memory, Vilma allegedly offered $10,000 to whoever could knock a certain teammate of Kluwe’s on the Vikings, Brett Favre, during the 2010 NFC Championship Game. Kluwe is not afraid to take his opinion public, as he did on the Judd & Phunn show on ESPN Radio in Minneapolis.
“My position has always been that I think Vilma and Gregg Williams should be banned for lifeand then Payton should get a year, their GM should get a year and anyone who knowingly took money after a hit that injured someone should get a year as well,” Kluwe said.
Kluwe has embraced his role as a punter, a position on teams usually very isolated from other players, as he was very outspoken during the lockout about other’s behavior.
The Minnesota punter is sure to ruffle some feathers among players in the NFL, and maybe even on his own team. He may have also made himself a target if someone get a shot at him on Sunday’s next fall. Better keep that head on a swivel.