Vikings, Chris Kluwe beef goes nuclear after investigators side with team

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Kluwe claims the report released by the Vikings is a coverup.
On Friday, the Vikings released a summary of the six-month internal investigation Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. conducted into former team punter Chris Kluwe's claim that his outspoken advocacy for marriage equality prompted his release from the team following the 2012 season.

The investigators found that while special teams coach Mike Priefer in all likelihood did make the most explosive of the anti-gay statements Kluwe accused him of -- namely, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows" -- the reprehensible comment was not reflective of a hostile, homophobic work environment.

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The investigators' findings support the conclusion that Kluwe's "support of marriage equality and other activism played no part in the decision to release him," the summary says. "It was purely a football decision."

(The report does note that while team employees interviewed by investigators said "they did not hear any intentionally derogatory or harassing comments toward gay individuals," several "noted 'insensitive' or 'immature' comments, such as, the clothing someone was wearing 'looks gay.'")

After the report was released, Kluwe took to Twitter and said the summary leaves out key evidence supporting his position. He promised to push forward with a wrongful termination lawsuit. Here's a sampling of what he tweeted: Kluwe also suggested he has bombshell information he plans to drop on the Vikings if his case makes it to trial: The Vikings, for their part, released a statement announcing that Priefer will be suspended for three games (two, if certain conditions are met) without pay this season.

In the statement, Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf are quoted as saying, "We are very disappointed with some of the findings contained within the report."

"As we have said in the past, we consistently strive to create -- and believe we have -- a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for our players, coaches and staff, and we strongly disassociate the club from the statement that Coach Priefer made," the brothers say. "Coach Priefer is a good man, and we know that he deeply regrets the comment. We do not believe that this error in judgment should define him."

In the statement, Priefer is quoted as saying, "I owe an apology to many people -- the Wilf family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and fans, my family, the LGBT community, Chris Kluwe and anyone else that I offended with my insensitive remark."

"I regret what has occurred and what I said," he continues. "I am extremely sorry but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect."

The 29-page summary contains more than a few tidbits of interesting information, some unflattering for Kluwe, others for the Vikings. To read about the six that stuck out to us the most, click to page two.



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