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July 25, 2013

Kluwe's riff on Kato STD rates prompts ire

Chris Kluwe's social media pronouncement that Mankato was the STD capital of Minnesota — and the fallout that followed — certainly was entertaining.

But true?

Well ... kinda, yeah.

The former Minnesota Vikings player who spent eight seasons — and eight training camps in Mankato — with the Vikings set off a mini Twitter controversy Thursday with a tweet that said: "Heading to Napa. Gotta be honest, it feels a lot nicer to be going there rather than the STD capitol of MN. No offense, Mankato. #adiosGage."

He followed that up with, "My favorite memory of Gage Hall. Rookie walks in, looks at his room. 'Man, I've stayed in prisons nicer than this!' #completelybelievable."

And then some folks took offense.

"U talk about mankato like u know it. Keep ur mouth shut when u have no idea what living in manakto is like #vikesnation!! @ChrisWarcraft."

And ...

"You can go (blank) yourself. We didn't want your (word for bottom) complaining around here anymore, anyway. Too cold? Grow some balls, sally."

Kluwe replied ...

"Lol, I love how many people think I did some sort of epic burn on Mankato and are all upset about it. I have nothing against Mankato."

And ...

"I was pointing out some humorous facts and recollections. Take your false outrage elsewhere. #aintnobodygottimeforthat."

For the record, Kluwe was kind of right. Blue Earth County, for whatever reason, has long been a state leader in chlamydia cases. In the most recent report on the subject from the Minnesota Department of Health, Ramsey County and Hennepin are understandably tops with the most cases per 100,000. Followed by then are Beltrami County and Blue Earth County.

Kluwe defended his statement with a reply tweet to City Pages' Aaron Rupar: "@atrupar The 'facts' were from was a team presentation at the start of training camp several years ago. That tends to stick with you."

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