There have been a lot of politics tied in with sports as of late. To name a few there was Dennis Rodman going to North Korea, there has been political debates about what has happened at the Boston Marathon. Charles Barkley has taken shots at different political parties, religion has always been in sports. The Miami Heat wore hoodies to support Trayvon Martin not that long ago, and recently the biggest political issue in sports has been when Jason Collins and Brittany Grinner came out and said they were gay.
Sports figures in the past have been associated with political stances as well, this isn't anything new as a matter of fact one of the biggest ties with politics and sports was back in the 30's when Jesse Owens won a gold medal. There was also the 1980 men's hockey team who proved to the world that our will is as strong as any in the world. In the 60's there were many athletes that were protesting the war, and used their fame to gain attention about it, maybe the most famous being Muhammed Ali. And we still celebrate today Jackie Robinson day and what he did for baseball.
The most recent story has been about Vikings punter Chris Kluwe supporting the idea of having gay teammates. Kluwe has been vocal about many issues in the past, and the viking organization has said that they found it amusing. I agree with them, his drawings have been very amusing and his stances on issues while not everyone agrees with all of them are still entertaining and just. I don't know if anyone will know why Kluwe was released by the Vikings, I do know that they didn't have a problem with him last season, but that some started getting fed up with him when he was complaining about having to play a game at the university when the Metrodome roof fell in a couple years ago. The last punter from the Vikings was Mitch Berger, he was known for keeping candy bars in his socks and eating one before he punted the ball. Kluwe will be known for in my opinion something much more important, he will be known for standing up for his beliefs no matter who agreed with him or disagreed with him, even if it cost him his career.
The reason most of us watch sports is to escape reality, unfortunately sometimes sports and reality mix. You can agree with a political stance or you can disagree with it, but there is always something to be said about the one's who are brave enough to take a side and to stick with it. While it is debatable on whether or not it is important to be heard, there is still a lot more to a person than their political views. You know, more important things like can he catch or throw a football, or can he pin the opponenents deep in their own territory..........you know, the stuff that really matters when we are watching them on the field.