A Minnesota Vikings fan has started a White House petition to get President Barack Obama to remove starting quarterback Christian Ponder “by executive order.”
The petition reads: “Minnesota Vikings fans have had enough and it’s time for President Obama to do something about it! We as a state have stood loyally by our team and democratic principles only to suffer the atrocities of the 1998 NFC Champion game, the 2009 NFC Championship game and four years of Jesse Ventura. Mr. President, how long will you stand idly by as we suffer under the regime of Bill Musgrave and his inept offensive play calling abilities. Alas, Mr. President let our voices be heard.”
As of this writing, there are only three signatures on the petition even though “Ponder threw an interception returned for a touchdown in Sunday’s 31-30 loss at Chicago and is the league’s 29th rated quarterback heading into Monday night’s games.” The petition has 30 days to get 100,000 signatures for a potential response.
As Fox Sports notes, “Ponder had four turnovers in a season-opening loss at Detroit a week earlier” and has “completed 58.6 percent of his passes (27th in the NFL) for 463 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Ponder is in a critical season, his third in the league since being drafted No. 12 overall in 2011, in which the Vikings will likely make a decision on his future as the team’s starter.”