In the end, it may require a court to decide if Kluwe's release was based on his price tag and lack of performance-per-dollar or based on his advocacy of causes.
Kluwe may not be getting any calls from NFL teams, but he is still working. On Saturday, he was a speaker at the Festival of Books, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. The festival featured a book that is a collection of essays and short stories written by Kluwe that are about as concise as his book title – "Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities." Printed in June, it's currently maintaining its place in the top 85,000 books being sold by Amazon.com.
As expected, the topic of openly gay players in the NFL was asked during the Q&A portion of the discussion, and Kluwe said the difference in attitude toward same-sex marriage and how it pertains to the NFL is a generational issue that most players don't have a problem with, but those of the age group that comprise owners, front-office types and coaches have a much bigger issue with acknowledging marriage equality.
"I think the NFL is slowly realizing that they need to catch up with the rest of the population," Kluwe said.
He has a solution: deal with it, NFL. He thinks the paradigm shift will take place and that acceptance of gay players will become irrelevant when it comes to scouting or signing a player, reminding those in attendance that the NFL is accustomed to making money and will continue to seek prosperity – even if it means changing long-held attitudes.
"If they don't (catch up with society) then they'll start losing money," he said, "and the NFL hates losing money."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.