Mark Dayton criticizes Vikings for releasing Chris Kluwe [UPDATE]

Dayton thinks Kluwe should've at least gotten the opportunity to compete for his job.
Dayton thinks Kluwe should've at least gotten the opportunity to compete for his job.

-- Update at bottom --

You might want to say it's none of his business, but then again, he did help Zygi Wilf fatten his wallet by spearheading the charge for a new Vikings stadium.

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Regardless of whether he should have or not, during a new conference today, Governor Mark Dayton offered up his opinion on the Vikings' decision to release beloved and controversial punter Chris Kluwe. And suffice it to say he's disappointed that Kluwe won't get the opportunity to serve as PRIDE Grand Marshal while still a member of the team.

Here's how Capitol reporters for the Strib, KSTP, and Fox 9 characterized Dayton's remarks:

Unfortunately for Dayton, Zygi didn't cede any player personnel powers to lawmakers during last year's contentious stadium negotiations.

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ESPN 1500 has more of Dayton's comments from today's news conference:

"I'm not in a position to evaluate the relative punting abilities, but it seems to me the general manager said, right after the draft, they were going to have competition," Dayton recalled. "Well, they bring the one guy in, he kicks for a weekend and that's competition?"...

"I just think sports officials ought to be honest about what the heck is going on, same way I think public officials should be honest about what's going on, so that bothers me probably as much, if not more, than the actual decision," Dayton said...

"[Releasing Kluwe is] their decision to make," Dayton concluded. "They don't give political advice. I don't give them coaching advice."

According to WCCO's Pat Kessler, the Vikings organization responding this afternoon by again insisting the move had nothing to do with Kluwe's off-the-field notoriety:

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