Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Clarifies Donovan McNabb's Failure To Donate To Charity

Saturday December 24th, 2011

When Donovan McNabb was traded to the the Minnesota Vikings, he wanted to wear his traditional number 5 jersey, which was then being worn by punter Chris Kluwe.  The notoriously quirky Kluwe agreed to give up the jersey, but extracted some promises in return: mentions of his band, Tripping Icarus; an ice cream cone; and a $5,000 donation to Kick For A Cure Foundation,  a Duchenne muscular dystrophy benefit Kluwe supports.  Before his mid-season release, McNabb mentioned Tripping Icarus twice but apparently never made the donation to Kick For A Cure, according to a report from Tim Yotter on

"Tripping Icarus got the publicity we needed," Kluwe told Yotter. "That was fine. Two mentions is more than enough. The $5,000 for Kick for a Cure would definitely be appreciated by them."

The comments gained a bit of traction, as well as some speculation that Kluwe was trying to paint McNabb as the sort of person who doesn't pay his debts, so the punter took to Twitter and clarified his situation in a series of tweets.  Compiled, they read:

"Just so everyone knows, it wasn't my intention to make this into a story; one of our media guys asked if Donovan had donated the money yet and I told him 'no'. I was originally planning on asking for the check at the end of the year, since that's when I finalize all my stuff, and unfortunately the season didn't turn out the way we expected. Just want to make sure everyone knows it's not like Donovan was trying to stiff me or anything :)"

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