Kluwe to meet with investigators next week, says lawyer: "My client has one motivation"

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The investigation into Chris Kluwe's allegations against the Vikings is on.

"Our goal is that at the end of the day, for sports teams to adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of discrimination against any member of the LGBT community," said Kluwe's lawyer, Clayton Halunen, in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. "The Vikings have told us that they are on board with that, and they will work with us towards that."

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- Chris Kluwe calls for Priefer's firing, mulls hostile workplace claim [INTERVIEW]
- Special Report: Chris Kluwe speaks out against homophobia in the NFL

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Kluwe backtracks, says he's okay with Priefer coaching if he disavows anti-gay views

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Both the Vikings and Kluwe have lawyered up as the team investigates his allegations about Coach Priefer (left)
In his explosive Deadspin account of the end of his Vikings tenure, Chris Kluwe said he went public with his story mainly because he wanted to make sure allegedly homophobic special teams coach Mike Priefer "never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level."

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

Kluwe alleges that at one team meeting during his last season with the Vikings, Priefer, indirectly commenting on Kluwe's staunch support for marriage equality, said, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows." Priefer denies the accusation.

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Jeff Dubay compares Kluwe's staunch support of marriage equality to "nazi mentality"

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Dubay: Not a Kluwe fan.
ESPN 1500 radio host Jeff Dubay is serving as Mike Priefer's de facto mouthpiece on Twitter today, defending the embattled and allegedly homophobic coach against all Kluwe-loving comers.

SEE ALSO: Jeff Dubay blasts Bob Collins on the radio, calls him a "cheap-shot artist and a chump"

At its core, Dubay's argument seems to go something like this: Kluwe is all about free speech, therefore he's a hypocrite for calling for Priefer's NFL banishment over his alleged comment that "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows." Without any apparent sense of irony, Dubay, criticizing Kluwe, writes, "The mindset of moral high ground can dismiss other beliefs leads to nazi mentality."

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

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Questioned by Leber (left), Kluwe wouldn't name names about who heard Priefer's anti-gay comment, citing concerns for his former teammates' careers.
:::: UPDATE :::: Vikings officials announced this afternoon that they've retained former Chief Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Chris Madel to investigate Kluwe's accusations.

:::: UPDATE II, January 6 ::::

Kluwe has also lawyered up: (Original post) In his Deadspin expose about losing his job with the Vikings, Chris Kluwe alleges that special teams Coach Mike Priefer made the following statement during a team meeting: "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

RELATED: Homophobic Vikings coach Mike Priefer's son enjoys calling people "gay" on Twitter

Kluwe doesn't provide specifics about the circumstances of that fateful meeting, but on the radio this morning, former Vikings linebacker and current KFAN host Ben Leber said he believes the shockingly homophobic statement must've occurred, if it happened at all, during a "a specialists meeting."

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Chris Kluwe calls for Priefer's firing, mulls hostile workplace claim [INTERVIEW]

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Tony Nelson
In fall 2012, leading up to Minnesota's vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, I spent about a month tailing Chris Kluwe for a City Pages cover story -- the Vikings punter who became an unlikely celebrity for the Vote No campaign. Over our many interviews, Kluwe spoke in depth about how the locker room culture toward LGBT people was rapidly changing across the major league sports gamut.

But evidence to the contrary was playing out in Kluwe's own locker room, according to a column the ex-punter published on Deadspin Thursday.

In the article, provocatively titled, "I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards and a Bigot," Kluwe says he's "pretty confident" the Vikings let him go as punishment for his off-the-field activism. Among the evidence Kluwe offers are alleged utterances from special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer (the "bigot"), who has been rumored as a potential candidate for the team's head coaching position. According to the post, Priefer regularly made homophobic comments after Kluwe came out in favor of gay marriage, saying in one meeting, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

The Internet just about blew up, as it does, and there's already a viral campaign to prevent Priefer from getting another NFL coaching gig. Priefer issued a denial, and the Vikings say they will review Kluwe's claims, noting his dismissal was "strictly based on his football performance."

We caught up with Kluwe Thursday afternoon to talk about his post, the response, and what happens next.

See also:
Chris Kluwe pries open the last closet in America: major league sports [Cover Story]


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Mike Priefer: "I vehemently deny the allegations made by Chris Kluwe"

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Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer has just issued a statement vehemently denying the allegations of homophobia made by Chris Kluwe is his Deadspin post.

"I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals," Priefer writes."I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member."

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Vikings push back against Chris Kluwe with defensive statement

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The Vikings released a statement late this afternoon pushing back against Chris Kluwe's charges that the organization fired him for his support of gay marriage.

"Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy," the statement reads. "Chris was released strictly based on his football performance."

The 3:30 p.m. statement makes clear that this is a full-blown scandal and the Vikings organization is in crisis mode.


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The 5 most dispiriting revelations in Chris Kluwe's nuclear Deadspin piece

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Chris Kluwe just went nuclear on Deadspin, accusing members of the Vikings coaching staff by name of homophobia.

The lengthy piece, which was written contemporaneously and reads like a legal document, lays out in stunning detail the behind-the-scenes machinations within the Vikings organization during Kluwe's brave stand in favor of gay marriage.

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Chris Kluwe tweeted the smartest thing during last night's Vikings game

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Even more than we miss his leg, we miss Chris Kluwe's wit.

Luckily for us, the departed Vikings kicker--who led the charge to legalize gay marriage--is still actively tweeting during Vikings games, and last night he said the smartest thing about the two hot button issues of the NFL.
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Chris Kluwe blasts NFL for tolerating Redskins nickname

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Chris Kluwe is still looking for an NFL job, but after his rant last night, we doubt he'll find work with the Washington Redskins.

SEE ALSO: "Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES]

Kluwe sounded off on the Redskins nickname controversy, which has gained steam this year as prominent national sportswriters Peter King and Bill Simmons have begun boycotting mentioning "Redskins" in their columns and protesters have started calling for the name to be changed outside Washington's games.

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