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Updated: December 12th, 2012 10:02am
Vikings' Chris Kluwe fined $5,250 for wearing 'Vote Ray Guy' on jersey

Vikings' Chris Kluwe fined $5,250 for wearing 'Vote Ray Guy' on jersey

by Tom Pelissero
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Chris Kluwe knew he was going to pay for wearing a makeshift "Vote Ray Guy" patch on his jersey on Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings' punter got the fine from the NFL on Wednesday -- the standard $5,250 for a first uniform violation.

"I knew the potential consequences going in," Kluwe wrote on Twitter. "Don't cry for me Argentina."

The Vikings wore patches on their jerseys on Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Upon learning the patch would be on his jersey, Kluwe got some athletic tape, covered the patch on his uniform and made a statement about the punter he believes should be in Canton.

Kluwe acknowledged after the game that "(o)f course, I'm going to get fined. For me, it's hard to support a Hall of Fame that doesn't recognize punters."

The fine arrived in an email from the league.

"My favorite part of the fine email from the NFL -- they end it with 'sincerely,'" Kluwe tweeted. "It's the little touches that let you know they care.

"The good news is all the money goes to support former players through the NFL charity programs. Maybe they'll vote for Ray Guy."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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