The fake Chris Kluwe is less outspoken than the real Chris Kluwe, and not as precise with his grammar.
For nearly three years someone has been on Facebook posing as the Vikings' outspoken punter. The real Chris Kluwe has sent messages to Facebook and tried to alert others about the imposter, but the fan page remains up.
"The sad thing is the guy has been doing it for like 2½ years now and I've reported it multiple times and Facebook is like, ‘We can't do anything.'" Kluwe said. "Now, after I tweeted it, like 18 people have said they sent e-mails to people they know at Facebook and they say it should be taken care of soon."
While others have posted on the fan page that it is being run by an imposter, clearly not everyone is getting the message, or at least not believing it. Several posts on the page thank Kluwe for signing autographs or speaking out about gay marriage.
In the "About" section, the imposter comes clean with a line that says "This is not actually Chris Kluwe," but on the personal info section, it comes across as if it is Kluwe. Under interests, it lists "Football, My Band, D & D. Yea, that's about it."
"It's set up as a fan page, but the name of the fan page isn't like ‘Chris Kluwe fan page.' It just says ‘Chris Kluwe' and then has a picture of me and then he answers as if he's me," Kluwe said.
With more than 15,000 "likes," it would seem that plenty of people have been fooled by the page. Kluwe, of course, has made national headlines for his very public support of free speech and gay marriage.
He admits that whoever is running the fan page has been more tame than he would be and hasn't caused any trouble with Kluwe's professional or personal life with posts, "but it just bugs me that that someone is pretending to be me."
Kluwe has written several social commentary letters for Deadspin and blog items for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. So the worst part of the fan page for him shouldn't come as a complete surprise.
"He does misspellings. I don't make grammatical errors! It's infuriating!" Kluwe said with equal parts exasperation and laughter. "And then he banned me from posting on the fan page because I was trying to warn people off."
Kluwe said he has contacted Facebook four or five times about the imposter but has been sent an automated response that his request doesn't meet the requirements. Since Kluwe was banned from the page after posting to tell people the account was a fake, he went to Twitter to let his 105,000 followers there know that the Facebook page was a fan imposter.
"Since he's answering as if he's me, how does that not violate terms of service? That's an imposter," Kluwe said.
Since his Twitter post about the imposter, he said he has received messages from some of his followers there who have acquaintances that work at Facebook. They tell him the problem should be taken care of soon, but to date the fake page is still populated with posts from fans who obviously believe they are communicating with real Kluwe, not the imposter who has left the real one a tad frustrated.
"I have no idea who it is," he said. "Whoever it is doesn't spell very well."
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.
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