Our very own governor of St. Paul, Mark Dayton, made a comment about the Vikings earlier this week, on Tuesday, where he said "idle hands are the devil's play", comparing their painful efforts to military veterans.
More specifically, the governor had said that football is "basically slightly civilized war, and then they take that into society, much as solders come back, and they’ve been in combat or the edge of it and then suddenly that adjustment back to civilian life is a real challenge." On a public radio show.
Yeah, maybe we can agree with that, but gosh Mr. Dayton, don't publicly bash your own team!
At least he apologized!.... after his comments made national sports news. Yeah okay, thanks Mark. On Thursday, he said his comparison between football players and military veterans was wrong and inappropriate.
He apologized saying, “Some of the psychological dynamics may be similar; however, I, in no way, meant to compare their challenges with the traumas and hardships experienced by the heroes who fought in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. While I am a football fan, I reserve my highest respect and admiration for those courageous Americans in uniform, who risk their lives to keep us safe and to make the world more free."
I'm glad he apologized because Dayton has spent a whole lotta political capital on winning the Vikings a new stadium this year! Tax payers money woo!
Hey cutie nice jersey.