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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Vikings' Chris Kluwe fined $5,250 for uniform violation

[December 12, 2012]

BRIEF: Vikings' Chris Kluwe fined $5,250 for uniform violation

Dec 12, 2012 (Pioneer Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The NFL has fined Vikings punter Chris Kluwe $5,250 for violating the league's dress code by taping over the Pro Football Hall of Fame emblem on his uniform Sunday, Dec. 9, and writing, "Vote Ray Guy." There are no pure punters in the Hall of Fame, a point of contention with Kluwe. He wants to sway selection committee members into voting for Guy, the former Raiders punter.

Kluwe said he had expected to fined because the guidelines are spelled out in the league's collective bargaining agreement.

"It's a uniform violation. It got some publicity. It's nothing out of the ordinary," Kluwe said, adding it was "probably a one-time thing." Asked if he believed his shout out for Guy was worth the $5,250 fine, Kluwe said, "I think so. It got people talking about it. I heard the broadcast team talked about it for a bit. Hopefully people will realize, 'Hey, punters aren't in the Hall of Fame. Maybe we should do something about that.' " Kluwe said he hasn't talked to Guy. "Hopefully, I'll get to talk to him when he's inducted into the Hall of Fame," Kluwe said.

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