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

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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Rod Morris
Rod Morris

Looking at those tweets, Kluwe about to go into full snitch mode....BUT, if he wins that case, at least the cash will go to good use...

Tony Ehrnreiter
Tony Ehrnreiter

What a fucking douche bag, nobody cares about you and your problems, kill yourself idiot!!! Your just salty because the Vikings released you, get over it!!!

Micheal Vukelich
Micheal Vukelich

Go away Kluwe! Your full of shit! You got let go cuz you were a terrible punter! PERIOD! I like your passion for equal rights but I don't like the fact your using it as an excuse for getting canned! You know he wouldn't have said a thing if he still had his job. DOUCHE!

Darryl E White
Darryl E White

This is going to go South really bad. As a person that was in the same position as Kluwe is in with Vikings, I hope he doesn't lose himself in the hate. That will take focus on what the good and noble acts he's done for LGBT rights instead of true evil on that team's organization and will continue to be: ignorance and giving a pass to racist POS! Rise above Chris! Rise above!

dkpaton
dkpaton

It's being reported on a college football website that Kluwe trotted around the Vikings locker room in a pair of pants with a hole cut in the seat in an effort to taunt another viking staff member (Tom Kanavy),  who is a Penn State Alum, after the Sandusky scandal broke. Guess the jokes only work in one direction.

Josh Osborne
Josh Osborne

I thought his Deadspin article had merit. Lost all credibility with the Twitter rant. Childish and drew attention away from his original complaints.

Joe Metzler
Joe Metzler

So if he still had a job, then he is ok with their behavior? But because he lost his job, now their behavior is bad? Hmmmm... No credibility

Scott Conrad
Scott Conrad

Have you ever thought that they let you go cause you sucked. If you are such a great punter which nfl team do you currently punt for? If you put 1/2 this amount of effort onto football you might have been good . You must be a little man if you are so starved for attention you have to resort to this shit word

Danny Crisafulli
Danny Crisafulli

This is not a selfish act. I applaud his efforts. He may be on the losing end, but this fight is needed on many levels.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

No - Kluwe is acting like someone who is butt hurt.  I feel sorry for him. Priefer should have been fired.




Ashley Nelson
Ashley Nelson

Good for him! An athlete with a conscious! He's not butt hurt, he's just finally had enough.

Gene Hawk
Gene Hawk

the only reason things like this get press here is because the Vikings are one of the most boring sports teams in the us and they still make money.

Stephen Noel
Stephen Noel

this dude is seriously Butt hurt...waaaaaaah!

nathan.vaughn
nathan.vaughn

He goes from "rounding them up and nuking them" to "I'm sorry" when shit hits the fan. Fuck you, asshole. Own up to your hatred and intolerance. Wear it like a badge so that we all easily know what a shithead you are.

Carter Matthew Eggen
Carter Matthew Eggen

Of course they'd side with the team. I could've predicted that. If they didn't, they could be blackballed from doing more high money investigations. Watch the arbitration section of that documentary about hot coffee at McDonald's.

Dusty Royer
Dusty Royer

Some of us were sick of seeing him seeking media attention however he could while his play on the field deteriorated

Dusty Royer
Dusty Royer

I see he has fashioned his hair in a manner so as to leave no doubt about the fact that he is a douchebag.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

mindless football shitheads -  you fkn losers probably bet on the broncos to win it all 


bunch of posers

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

Fear of being blacklisted maybe? Exactly like Cullen Loeffler thought might happen to him once he agreed with Kluwe's claims.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I like Kluwe more and more everyday. I hope he writes a book - I'd buy it. He's been a guest several times on the Stephanie Miller Show - 8-11 am on AM950. He's an intelligent, well-spoken guy unlike a lot of you Fox News trolls posting here. 

Robert Smith
Robert Smith

pissoff kluless everyone is getting tired of your false indignation you just want money nothing more nothing less.it has always been about you and you only.

Steven Hess
Steven Hess

OK Kris what do you want? You are not the leader of free marriage, they won with out you. Do you want the directorship sports show that is gay friendly? or do you want to destroy a man and his family on stupid comments in a testosterone driven sport? What do you want....see your comments on Penn state.

Hazen B. Markoe
Hazen B. Markoe

It sounds that Kluwe wasn't as righteous as many of us thought he was.

misaoudia
misaoudia

I'm pretty sure there was homophobia going on, but am I the only one here that thinks the homophobia issue is a cover-up for Chris's real problem, which was he sucked as a football player?  Doesn't sound like he was very good at what he was being paid for.  And what about his comments about the Penn State scandal? That didn't paint him in the best light either..

Reality__
Reality__

Hopefully Ziggy will just pay him off. So he can just......go.......away.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

Why are people so upset that people make homophobic comments in the NFL, but pay no attention to the fact that they are making billions while being tax exempt (non profit status). Not only that, but, due to their specific tax exempt status, us taxpayers pay a little more to make up for what they don't pay in taxes. Don't get me wrong, I don't support people who say nasty things about people, but you will never be able to control what another person says. In fact, you may actually hate to live in a world like that. People will always say douchy things. If you don't like it, don't support that person, or the organization they represent. Focus on what you can change. That tax exempt status is a great start (especially since it directly makes your taxes higher)!

Tim Weigelt
Tim Weigelt

Good god who cares what a fuckin drama queen. Sticks and stones

Adam Evans
Adam Evans

you must be confusing "Chris " with somebody who "didn't "have a side agenda !

Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen

Pamir Tür can he just go away? He's doing this bc he is butthurt

Tommy Gardner
Tommy Gardner

Kluwe's lost all credibility and is now looking more and more like a mediocre punter who's making a bunch of noise because he (legitimately) lost his job. In fact, it's starting to look like extortion - regardless to whom the proceeds of his ill-fated lawsuit might benefit.

Adam Evans
Adam Evans

Whatever happened to free-speech ?

Reality__
Reality__

You nailed it right on the head. This isn't about gay rights and equality. This is ALL about Chris Kluwe and the attention he needs now that his career is OVER.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

You just want money for charity, nothing more, nothing less.  <- FTFY.  Reading can be fun if you just give it a try.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

No, not everyone - just illiterate fucks like you. Most Minnesotans are behind Kluwe and I hope he wins a big settlement AND puts out a lot of crap that humiliates the Vikings.  P.S. I see from your FB page that you're a Fox News fan - what a surprise! 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@misaoudia Wow - if Kluwe sucked as a football player, why is he one of the top punters this team has ever had? I guess the Vikings really suck. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Go tell your boss to fuck off and then tell him it's free speech. Get back to me on what happens and we'll see if you learn a lesson about consequences. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

It's alive and well dude.  I mean you still have the freedom to post comments no matter how stupid they are.   Hooray. 

Reality__
Reality__

@MNjoe  Yeah, Klewe is just awesome! BTW, what team is he playing for this year? Oh, that's right.....................

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Reality__ @MNjoe Not that you have the mental capacity to read and understand this but he was the #5 all-time punter the Vikings have had in their 50 year history of losing.  http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/min/career-kicking.htm Besides, I can't wait to see Kluwe expose all the crap that went on in the Vikings' locker room. Hope he brings that homophobic ASSisstant coach's career to an end too. Doesn't matter, your sad ass team will be looking up at the Bears and Packers all season - probably the Lions too. 

Reality__
Reality__

@MNjoe Don't call them "my" team. I'm a Packers' fan. But if you actually think that they will suck this season (as they did last season) because of Kluwe's absence, you need to go to your library and check out "Football For Dummies". Because if you think that a punter (especially one that does not even function as a placekicker) has any major significance in a team's performance, you're kind of retarded. But then you are obviously a DEVO fan, so that's kind of a given.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Reality__ @MNjoe Now where did I say that the Vikings will suck because of Kluwe's absence - they will suck because they've always sucked - like the Cubs, even when they're good, they find a way to suck. Hopefully, Kluwe's accusations will be another distraction (like the Love Boat) that will affect the team. And yes, I'm a DEVO fan - stick to your Kardashians and don't talk about what you obviously know little about.  Thanks for telling me that you're a Packers fan - it explains a lot - really. 

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