ST. PAUL, Minn. — Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has met with investigators hired by the team to independently assess allegations that that he was released from the team due to his support for same-sex marriage.
Kluwe wrote in a Jan. 2 article on the website Deadspin that he “was fired by two cowards and a bigot,” and that coach Mike Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe’s outspoken opposition of an anti-gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.
Kluwe’s lawyer, Clayton Halunen, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that during a five-hour meeting on Friday, Kluwe identified kicker Blair Walsh and long snapper Cullen Loeffler as witnesses.
Halunen also says there are corroborating text messages from Walsh.
Halunen says Kluwe met with director of player personnel Les Pico to complain before his May 2013 release. The team’s owners say they knew nothing of the allegations prior to Kluwe’s article.
In one meeting, Kluwe claimed Priefer said, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”