We knew it was coming, the question was how much would Chris Kluwe’s fine for covering up his Hall of Fame patch with a ‘Vote of Ray Guy’ post-it end up costing him? The final figure for his bizarre protest: $5,250, which is quite a bizarre number in of itself for a fine.
We’re used to round numbers and although $5,250 is a round number, we’re more used to the $20,000 fines teams have been getting.
But for Kluwe’s protest, he’s going to pay a price. And at the end of the day you have to ask yourself if the fine is really worth it. Is an already outspoken punter really going to change hearts and minds by wearing a slopply made post-it note over his Hall of Fame patch in protest?
Was it funny, yeah. Was it memorable, not really. Does it have legs as an argument, of course but those legs were already there.
We get it, punters and kickers have the worst job in the NFL. All they do is play for at the most 50 seconds in a 60 minute game, and they are polarizing figures. You love them when the do good and hate them more than anyone else on the team when they don’t do what they’re supposed to do. On top of all that, less than a half percent of all kickers to ever play the game have been forever recognized and only one true kicker is in the Hall of Fame.
But as Kluwe showed on Sunday, they’re NFL players nonetheless, they are apparently stacked with cash and they can do arts and crafts.