On Saturday, Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe announced that he turned down an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the White House for a LGBT Pride Reception on June 13.
Kluwe, the former Minnesota Vikings punter who has been outspoken in his support for gay marriage, said he would not be able to attend because of Raiders minicamp that runs June 11-13 and is mandatory.
He announced on Twitter on Saturday that he would “really, really, REALLY” like to be at the event but “not even the President of the United States is allowed to supersed an NFL mandatory mini-camp practice.” He also tweeted a draft of a letter he was sending to the White House to RSVP “no.”
According to CBS Sports, here is what Kluwe wrote the White House:
Dear Mr. President (Or whoever reads these things, I’m sure he’s probably pretty busy (hello underappreciated email answering person!!)),
It is with great regret that I must decline your invitation to attend the Reception at the White House for LGBT Pride Month on June 13. I would really, really, REALLY like to be there, but unfortunately, not even the President of the United States is allowed to supersede an NFL mandatory mini-camp practice (at least insomuch as I understand the new CBA, though I could possibly be mistaken), and as a current member of the Oakland Raiders I owe it to both my teammates and my coaches to be fully prepared for the upcoming season.
I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity though and if anything else were to ever come up it would be my distinct honor to attend. Unless we have a game. Or practice. Or mandatory hot yoga classes (we don’t really have those).
— Chris Kluwe
p.s. If you really wanted to, I’m sure I could make a late supper if an F35 were to pick me up at the field right after practice. Just saying.
p.p.s. Please don’t do that. Then I’d be *that guy* on the team. You know. *That* guy. (Plus it also seems an unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 31, 2013