MINNEAPOLIS, MINN — A statement released from the Minnesota Vikings Friday indicated that the team will not be attending the NFL’s biggest game for the foreseeable future.
The Minnesota Vikings have not attended a Super Bowl since 1977, one of the longest running strikes in the NFL.
“Our franchise is making the decision to continue not attending the Super Bowl out of commitment to… uh… social change! Yeah, that’s it. Social change, and no other reasons,” the statement read.
The statement goes on to claim that retroactively, this has always been their reason for not attending the super bowl, rather than team athleticism and prowess not measuring up to others in the NFL.
“That’s for sure why we haven’t gone,” the statement continued. “We’ve just always been ahead of the curve on these types of things. That’s what makes this organization great! SKOL!”
The team’s announcement did not come without criticism, however, with several NBA and MLB teams accusing the Vikings of hijacking a justice movement to lampshade a bad championship record.
In addition, four other teams are now calling out the Vikings as not committed enough.
“Sure they say they are committed, but can you really trust them?” asked a spokesperson for the Detroit Lions, who have never attended a Super Bowl. “They’ve gone four times before. We, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns, and the Houston Texans are the only ones truly committed to striking the super bowl.”
Reporter Sam Shilts contributed to this article.