ALAMEDA -- Veteran punter Chris Kluwe is hopeful of catching on with the Raiders this season. If he isn't successful, it won't be for lack of effort or dedication.

Kluwe turned down an invitation to attend a reception at the White House on June 13th in honor of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Month so that he could participate in the Raiders mini camp.

Kluwe informed President Obama by letter late last month.

"It is with deep regret that I must decline your invitation to attend the Reception at the White House for LGBT Pride Month on June 13th. I would really, really, really like to be there," Kluwe wrote in response to his invitation.

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, now with the Raiders, recently turned down a White House invitation from President Obama because he wants to attend
Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, now with the Raiders, recently turned down a White House invitation from President Obama because he wants to attend Oakland's minicamp. (Pioneer Press, St. Paul)

"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 can 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."

When asked about it Monday, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Kluwe is making a sound decision.

"His job is to really focus in on making our football team," Allen said. "That needs to be the biggest focus that he has right now. Right now, he's of the same mind-set."

Kluwe gained notoriety for being outspoken on political issues during his eight-year career with the Minnesota Vikings.


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Some questioned his dedication to his profession in the past. The same can't be said now in light of Kluwe's recent decision to choose offseason practices over an invitation to the White House.