Kluwe says Vikings reneged on vow to release report about alleged organizational homophobia [UPDATES]

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The Vikings promised an investigation, but Kluwe says the organization won't disclose what it discovered.
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Early this year, Chris Kluwe went nuclear on his former employer in a first-person account of his last season with the team published on Deadspin. In one particularly memorable passage, Kluwe alleges that during a fall 2012 meeting, Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

Kluwe's piece prompted the Vikings to launch an internal investigation. But now, Kluwe says the organization is reneging on its promise to make the results of the investigation public.

See also:
Is Kluwe telling the truth about Coach Mike Priefer's alleged "nuke the gays" comment?

This morning, Kluwe announced that he and his legal team will be holding a news conference in the IDS Center at 11 a.m. today "to discuss possible course of action in light of Vikings' stonewalling."

A press release announcing the news conference says that yesterday, "[T]the Vikings informed Kluwe's attorney that they would not provide a copy of the report to either Kluwe or the public."

The release also provides this background about the situation:
In January 2014, the Vikings hired two highly respected Minnesota legal figures to conduct an independent investigation into Kluwe's allegations that a coach - and the team itself - used homophobic slurs and taunts in an effort to quash his public support for gay marriage rights. Kluwe alleged in a January Deadspin article that he was fired by the Vikings for being an outspoken gay rights advocate - and that a coach, Mike Priefer, had openly and privately made homophobic comments and slurs intended to intimidate Kluwe. The Vikings promised to make a full report of the investigation available to Kluwe and his attorney. Now, more than six months later, the investigators have handed over their report to the Vikings - and the Vikings refuse to give Kluwe a copy of the report.
Here's some of the notable Twitter reaction to Kluwe's news conference announcement: A Vikings spokesman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment. We'll update this post if there's anything newsworthy to come out of this morning's newser.

:::: UPDATE ::::

KSTP, citing an unnamed source "close to the investigation," reports that the Vikings have reconsidered releasing a report about the organization's investigation into Kluwe's claims because it's "damaging and embarrassing."

"The same source says the Vikings have already made changes in their organization and are approaching this very seriously and are taking responsible action to 'correct any homophobic culture that exists within the organization,'" KSTP reports.

:::: UPDATE II ::::

During the news conference, Kluwe and his attorney announced they plan to sue the Vikings for wrongful termination. Here are tweets from the newser: Just as the news conference was about to begin, the Vikings released a statement denying the organization has broken any promises to Kluwe. Click to page two to read it in full.



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Yael Vargas
Yael Vargas

No, you are off point. Again, you have zero knowledge of any facts here, my point to wait and see what actually comes out. Blindly backing Kluwe 1000% and acting as if he is incapable of twisting things even the slightest is every bit as stupid and ignorant as taking the other extreme. And Longwell was gone way before Walsh had a record breaking year so his performance is entirely irrelevant, people were doubting him going into the season. The only person who has claimed that anything was said about kicking shorter is Kluwe. Did the Raiders sign him and then ask him to kick short too?

josh019
josh019

People, Warcraft is not suing because he got cut... trust me the guy is obviously intelligent enough to know that the NFL is a cut-throat business.  He just wants the homophobic culture of an NFL franchise to be brought to lite so that there is the opportunity for anybody in an NFL organization to be themselves and not feel persecuted based on their orientation just like the same standard the rest of the businesses in most states have to live up to.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Management probably told him that to shut him up and take the heat off of them without having any idea about what was actually going on. I bet lawyers told them after the fact not to release it. They probably didn't think it could be as bad as it is before hand. They are in management, they probably have no clue how the players interact with the coaches or each other.

Eddie Baker
Eddie Baker

Hope Mr. Kluwe wins big. You must operate a safe and healthy workplace.

Jon Eisenberg
Jon Eisenberg

And so the reason they AGREED to release it to him is....

Jack Kiser
Jack Kiser

Reports are a Viking higher-up now admits to having had a Bible in his possession in full view of several players and staff...

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

Yael, you're way off point. Even if they did cut Kluwe solely for "football reasons" it still doesn't justify their treatment of him while he was on the team. The other difference with Longwell's situation is that he wasn't hitting long FG's anymore, and Walsh came in and had a record breaking rookie season. Kluwe was coming off of a year in which he still performed well despite Priefer asking him to kick it short and his replacement, Locke, was one of the worst punters in the league last year.

Dustin Skaalerud
Dustin Skaalerud

This is just another reason that the coaching staff is geriatric and obsolete. If it doesn't show in their exhausted plays and twenty year old on field rhetoric, this is proof that the Vikes are in serious need of young, fresh blood coaches. Warcraft, you are a fresh oak amungst dieing elders. Stay strong, we need more athletes like you! Miss you man! John Kevin Norman....kill yourself

Blong Lor
Blong Lor

This dude needs to stop crying.

Jewell Rogers
Jewell Rogers

You could sense a change draft a punter..next cheaper..free agency' go to another team...put that in back pocket..

David Skaalerud
David Skaalerud

Maybe he is right maybe not. But the Vikings say they haven't completed the investigation yet. Sounds like kluwe is just looking for attention. Maybe he should give them a chance to finish. Also maybe "shitty pages" should get the full story, or at least print it.

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

Not releasing the results just goes to show Kluwe was right, and that Priefer created a hostile work environment. I'll be very disappointed if the team and league don't penalize him in some significant way.

Yael Vargas
Yael Vargas

Nothing you described distinguishes him from thousands of pro athletes that have come before. Longwell had some great years hear, they replaced him with a younger cheaper option who had a sketchy senior year at the drop of a hat. Did you get up in arms over that? Should it not be tolerated for all the others? Fact is you don't know any of the facts regarding this situation, pump the breaks a bit maybe.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

all you NFL shitheads are pathetic dickriders



Michael Ordonez
Michael Ordonez

Raiders...and If I remember right, he got cut by the worst team every year for the last 10+ years

Vincent Hopwood
Vincent Hopwood

He puts in the best season a Vikings punter has ever had, good for 10th in the NFC, then gets released? Yes, the Vikings drafted a punter (in the 5th round?!), but they never even gave him a chance to compete for his roster spot. And the punter the Vikings drafter? His net average was indeed a bit less than Klewe's was. All the right things were said by the organization about the move, but it's still a dirty way to treat a player and, most likely, the result of his publicly held views on a certain hot-button issue.

Yael Vargas
Yael Vargas

Wait, what exactly happened to Kluwe that shouldn't be tolerated?

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

Chris Kluwe is a whiner with no leg and lost his job. Period.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

Of course they aren't releasing it. They expected a lawsuit was possible from kluwe, it was in their best interest not to release a report that essentially admit fault. Their lawyers aren't stupid. You can bet the knew how bad this would look, which means whatever is in the report would make them look much worse.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Please make sure you remember that hacks like Kevin Seifert and Paul Allen said Chris Kluwe was lying about all this.   Those hack clowns lied about Kluwe to protect the Vikings.   Both of them are scummy suckups that will tell any lie to protect the NFL.    Fat boring liar Paul Allen owes his listeners an apology but lucky for him his listeners are too stupid to know what a fat liar PA is.


Nice move by the Vikings.  They look really smart trying to cover this up.  Now they get to look like homophobic bigots for a 2nd time.  

Jason Windsperger
Jason Windsperger

and yet it's okay for Hillary to say this regarding 4 dead Americans. As log as your a liberal you are innocent. Chis Kluwe and this story is a joke

Andy Larson
Andy Larson

Considering that an NBA owner was recently banned for life after recorded racist comments he made in his own home were made public, I would say what happened with the Vikings is in fact a very big deal. Kluwe is a courageous whistle blower and a hero for LGBTQ rights and human rights in general.

TruDat
TruDat

Why won't the media let this loser fade into the mystic? 

Brendon Hayes
Brendon Hayes

One more reason I wish the vikings would go leave.

Reid LeRud
Reid LeRud

go away you lost your job and can no longer punt.

Corey James
Corey James

I bet it would matter to you if they were doing the same to white people. Bigotry has no place in America, and certainly no place in an organization that receives so much government welfare

Corey James
Corey James

Look up the definition of comparing apples to oranges. This is a prime example.

Vincent Hopwood
Vincent Hopwood

This story is extremely important. Anyone blowing the whistle on institutional bias or bigotry should be listened to and protected pending an investigation. What happened to Klewe should never be tolerated by any organization, sports-related or not. Had he reported hearing racial slurs, no one would be calling him self-serving for having reported it. The reactions we've all seen - by the organization, the media, and the general public - just goes to show that people continue to hold tightly to their prejudices. Is bias suppose to be acceptable as long as it's focused on the minority of the day and doesn't touch us personally? As they say, "unless all of us are free, none of us are free". Prejudice is prejudice, no matter who it's directed at. As such, it is something that ALWAYS needs to be fought, whether we as individuals are directly affected by it or not. Refusing to do so is complacency, which is all that that the poisonous thought process of hate needs in order to thrive.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

tired...... see I was dozing off at the keyboard zzzzz

itsnotme
itsnotme

Tenth in the NFC out of 16 teams? (you said NFC as in National Football Conference, not NFL as in National Football League) You think being in the bottom half of the conference is good? You obviously don't understand football.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

That's not what this is about. If you had any reading comprehension skills, you'd know that already. 

SpaceManatee
SpaceManatee

@MicheleBachmann One of my coworkers always has PA on and his voice just grates on me. Also, why does he play so much soul music? Paul Allen has about as much soul as C Thomas Howell.

OlWillyClinton
OlWillyClinton

You're a very well-spoken, educated individual. I can tell by your use of hashtags to  generate a very sound argument.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

You're full of shit and you're probably too stupid to know it. Hillary said no such thing. 

SpaceManatee
SpaceManatee

Are you telling me that Chris Kluwe and the Vikings are somehow tied to Ben Ghazi? Are we sure we want to pull this thread?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann I honestly don't get the appeal.  I listened back when he was with Dubay but solo he is unbearable.  He says dumb homerish things.  Plus he seems like a jerk.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@MNjoe There were way more embassy attacks and way more people died under Bush.  These phony frauds about Benghazi are the most annoying scum on Earth.   Stupid brainwashed fools.  Jason Windsperger is just a dumb piece of shit ruining the country.  

SpaceManatee
SpaceManatee

@MicheleBachmann Agreed. I think it's because he's the "voice of the Vikings" that he can't possibly say a bad thing about them. Plus, he seems like a dick.

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