Vikings, Chris Kluwe beef goes nuclear after investigators side with team
|Kluwe claims the report released by the Vikings is a coverup.|
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:
Never let it be said that I didn't try. Apparently the Vikings want to do this the hard way.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 18, 2014
And yes, shit is about to get real. Unfortunate that it has to come to this.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 18, 2014
Oh, and in case anyone thinks this is some sort of cash grab, we'll be going for max damages and all money I get will go to LBGTQ charities.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 18, 2014
Kluwe also suggested he has bombshell information he plans to drop on the Vikings if his case makes it to trial:
This is not about the money for me. This is about doing what's right.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 18, 2014
Oooh, shall we talk about the time two very well known Vikings players were caught in a compromising situation with an underage girl?-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 19, 2014
Bet you didn't hear about that one in the news. We can do this all day, Vikings. Special teams hears *everything*.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 19, 2014
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.
But we'll save all that for the trial. It'll be more fun that way.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 19, 2014
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.