Kluwe creates Change.org petition to get Vikings to release entire Priefer report [UPDATE]

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Investigators concluded Priefer (left) did advocate dropping a "nuke" on "the gays." But Kluwe says there's more that hasn't become public yet.
:::: UPDATE :::: Today, Kluwe's lawyer, Clayton Halunen, announced plans to file suit against the Vikings have been put on hold, pending further settlement discussions between his client and the organization. Halunen said he plans to push for release of the full report as part of any agreement.

We contacted the Vikings for a response to Halunen's annoucement. Team spokesman Jeff Anderson sent us this statement:
Yesterday, Clayton Halunen contacted a Vikings attorney to request that the two sides engage in conversation. We believe that we have comprehensively investigated Halunen's client Chris Kluwe's claims that were put forth in the January 2, 2014, Deadspin article and have taken the appropriate action to ensure that we continue to have a workplace environment that respects tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. We are willing to listen to Mr. Halunen's continued concerns but will have no further comment in the interim.
Original post (July 22) -- As we told you about yesterday, Chris Kluwe's beef with the Vikings escalated over the weekend after a 29-page summary of an internal investigation into allegations Kluwe made in an infamous Deadspin piece came down mostly on the team's side.

Kluwe believes key evidence gathered during the six-month investigation didn't make it into the summary, and he wants the Vikings to release the entire report, which he says the organization promised it'd do anyway when the investigation was first announced. But with the Vikings showing no signs of reconsidering its stance, Kluwe has taken to Change.org in hopes public pressure might sway team decision makers.

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Mike Priefer's son uses gay slurs on Twitter

"I believe my public support for LGBT rights cost me my job," Kluwe writes on the petition page. "The organization said it has investigated this claim, but it hasn't publicly released the full investigation report yet, which it had promised to do. That's why I'm asking you to sign this petition, and urge the Vikings to make the entire investigation findings public."

"Now that the six-month investigation is complete, the team does not want to make the complete findings public. Why?" he continues. "Is the organization hiding something? I believe the Vikings should be fully transparent so that the Minneapolis community, Vikings fans and the nation can hold the team accountable for what happened here."

The petition, which is addressed to Zygi Wilf, has nearly 1,200 signatures as of this morning.

Twin Cities attorney and media personality Ron Rosenbaum said he thinks the Vikings are shooting themselves in the proverbial foot by refusing to release the report publicly.

On his "Holding Court" podcast last Thursday, Rosenbaum said, "Sooner than later that report is going to be out -- why don't you put it out and put your spin on it, no matter what it shows?"

"I don't think [the Vikings] have any choice," he continued. "Given the fact there was such a public hubbub about, 'We want to investigate ourselves, we want to see if what Kluwe said, these horrible allegations, are true.' I mean, how much did the public just pump into a Vikings stadium? This is the same organization."

"I don't think the Vikings are going to be able to skate on this," Rosembaum added. "At least if they put the damn report out, they at least get the first say about the spin."

Rosenbaum's analysis was echoed by his guest on the podcast, Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Joe Friedberg.

"Were I Kluwe's lawyer, since there's no question that the Vikings promised [to release it] when that report was done... I'd sue the Vikings for breach of contract and make [the organization] turn that report over, because there was consideration for the promise," Friedberg said. "[Kluwe] stood still on the lawsuit in return for the promise to turn it over. Before I'd go suing anybody about the actual mess that took place, I'd want to read the report and he's got a right to read it."

"The Vikings are making themselves look so bad," Friedberg added.

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Brandon Beato Snell
Brandon Beato Snell

It's funny how he kept his mouth shut about all that was going on in the locker room and such until he didn't have a paycheck.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Is Kluwe taking it from behind in this photo?

Jeff Tabery
Jeff Tabery

Kluwe, you made your point. Now go away. I bet a paycheck it's all about money for him now.

James St Clair
James St Clair

Can this bitter washed up punter just go away already.

Hunter Warne
Hunter Warne

Kluwe is a major hypocrite, and this case should be thrown out. His locker room actions were equally if not more offensive than those he's suing. He needs to check himself.

Padre Pienbique
Padre Pienbique

"Kluwe cut a hole in the butt of his pants to mock the Sandusky situation." It's just sooooo hard to believe anyone would do that!

Patrick Allen Kelsey
Patrick Allen Kelsey

Loser belongs with the packers cause they whine to when they don't get their way too lol!!!

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

Some people must have missed the part when they talked about Priefer asking him to kick short because their cover team sucked. If you look at Kluwe's stats, they started to decline as soon as Priefer came on board. They already proved that Priefer did say the things Kluwe accused him of saying, and that alone should be enough to show that he was in a hostile work environment.

Anthony Peters
Anthony Peters

His salary and age did, so why didn't he make the raiders squad again or any other team looking for a punter.......

Aaron Frederickson
Aaron Frederickson

If Kluwe did not get cut by the Raiders I might have been sympathetic. He is nothing more than a washed up lazy bum!

Brian Mazur
Brian Mazur

Did it cost him his job because he was too focused on activism to concentrate on honing his declining physical skills?

Brad Michael
Brad Michael

I am glad both Rosenbaum & Friedberg agree that the Vikings should release the report (and that they previously said they would release it)

Christopher Ray Hunnicutt
Christopher Ray Hunnicutt

What's the need for investigation? Beefy football, former frat boy types don't like gays? NO. WAY. We're all shocked.

Kathryn S Korthank-Rikess
Kathryn S Korthank-Rikess

What's with the pictures? Pfeiffer nice and professional while Kluwe looks like some kind of crazy person. Don't have a horse in this race, just wondering.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

He was released by The Oakland Raiders. He was washed up before The Vikings let him go. If you watched any of his final games here you would know that. Bring up all the lame statistics you want. Your counter logic is flawed, Nolan.

Curtis Boettjer
Curtis Boettjer

Fire Pfeiffer, release the report, tell Kluwe to go fuck himself. All parties in this stupid drama are tainted.

John Bunch
John Bunch

My least favorite Viking of all time.

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

How exactly do you know "what it's about", Matt Sherman??

Nick Vikstrom
Nick Vikstrom

Kluwe has to prove his activism was the only reason he got cut, gonna be tough to do.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

He shot his effectiveness as a force working against locker-room mentality bullshit when he himself engaged in locker-room mentality bullshit, specifically the Penn State child rape stuff.  It's admirable that he still hangs onto GLBTQ equality and respect as a core personal belief, but his case that his advocacy is the sole reason for his dismissal is even further weakened now.  The Vikings had a will and a way to get rid of somebody who was underperforming AND was a pain in the ass to the franchise, and they did it.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

People backing kluwe don't understand the economics of sports.

Matt Sherman
Matt Sherman

I agree that citizens should absolutely stand up for themselves more. Unfortunately for Kluwe that's not what this is about. Kluwe cut a hole in the butt of his pants to mock the Sandusky situation. Now he want's to change other peoples behaviors behind closed doors. What's happening here is manipulative and patronizing on Kluwes part.

Crystal Roth
Crystal Roth

His focus is clearly lost, time to let this go and use your fame to be a spokesperson on a better platform. Or maybe he just should have been a better punter?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

It's funny how if he had brought it up at the time it happened, everyone would've been telling him he's causing a mid-season distraction and to STFU. 


MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kurt124 Closeted homosexuals often use homophobia to deflect or bury their secret homosexual desires.   What do you think it means that you feel the need to make homophobic yet homoerotic jokes on every story about gay people.   I bet you think Chris Kluwe has been a bad boy.   You'd like to see him take it.  Maybe with that cute Teddy Bridgewater right? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

No, actually getting that homophobic POS kicked off the team would be the point. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

It doesn't matter - the point is that comments like Priefer made are not going to be tolerated except maybe in those redneck bars that you hang out in.  This POS needs to lose his job and be banned from the league. He made the comment, then he lied to the media and his bosses until other players corroborated the story. I'm sure this isn't the first comment of this type that he's made. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

That's so funny - he's my favorite Viking of all time. Go Bears!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@jakellyr I wish you didn't have the freedom of speech to spam your crappy website or your stupid homophobic views.  No one has tried to censor Tony Dungy, they just pointed out what a stupid buffon he is.  Just like I'm doing to you, stupid.  You are a stupid buffon who doesn't understand what free speech means.  

Reality__
Reality__

@jakellyr Free speech will only be tolerated if they agree with you. If not, then you are a racist, bigot, etc., etc.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

He 's already proven there is a homophobic culture in the Viking's locker room. That's a good start.

jakellyr
jakellyr

If you actually considered reading the article, your response would have zero value. Thanks anyways, Michelle.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Reality__ @jakellyr Tell you what, go up to your boss today (if you have a job, that is) and tell him to fuck off. When he fires you, tell him that you were exercising your free speech and let us know what happens. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@jakellyr No one likes a fucking spammer dude.  I'd never read your shitty website or your dumb fucking article. Fucking spamming asshole. 

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