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Kluwe talks allegations with Vikings investigators, identifies witnesses

Sunday, January 26, 2014

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.

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe

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.

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Kluwe has alleged that former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his public support of marriage equality in an effort to reduce distractions to the team, and that Priefer grew more and more impatient with the various causes Kluwe supported and several times made anti-gay remarks during team meetings.

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.”

The Vikings have retained Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former Justice Department attorney Chris Madelto to lead the investigation into Kluwe’s allegations.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Get on it man. .)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:23pm
  2. In case you missed it, Chris Kluwe did a 1-hour live audience Q&A on YouTube last night. Here’s the link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o3mNDmNv8k

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:23pm
  3. He has a strong case!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:27pm
  4. THIS IS WHY ALL TLGB FOLX NEED TO BOYCOTT THE NFL! THEY ARE TRYING TO SILENCE CHRIS KLUWE.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:30pm
  5. Kluwe, thank you for your support and putting our equality before your career. you are a great role model

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:34pm
  6. We need to show our support for this ALLY somehow! He’s a neat guy, not a THUG like some of those others

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:46pm
  7. He's coming to speak at the American Atheists National Convention in April in Salt Lake City. Because of everything that's going on in Utah with marriage equality, American Atheists is getting heavily involved with local LGBTQ groups and activists there as well as bringing in lots of LGBTQ activists to speak, including Marsha Botzer of the Ingersoll Gender Center. The bathrooms will also be gender-neutral, which is the first time an atheist conference has done that.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:26am
  8. If you want the happy angle, stick to our sources. If you want to seethe in anger at the moron half of the country, read the same story but on a sports website. The comments range from repulsive to reality-denying.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:50pm
  9. Thanks for all you have done to support equality. We have your back on this one dude. Keep putting the truth out there.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:53pm
  10. Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:00am
  11. take them to the bank!!!! Thank you for standing strong for LGBT equality….

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:35am
  12. The IOC and the USOC could learn a lot from this man.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  13. LOVE him!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  14. He walks the walk. Now let’s see if they will “man up”!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:11am
  15. I thank him for his stance, but I have to wonder if that is why he was cut… That’s part of the game, and he went to the Raiders after leaving Minn, where they cut him too…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  16. i hope he slays them!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:27am