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Vikings to investigate allegations Kluwe was released over gay marriage support

Friday, January 3, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have retained a former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a former federal trial attorney to conduct an investigation into Chris Kluwe’s allegations that he was released from the team due to his support of gay marriage.

Chris Kluwe

Chris Kluwe

The team made the announcement on Friday, one day after Kluwe penned a blistering article alleging that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer made anti-gay comments during team meetings. Priefer has denied Kluwe’s allegations.

Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former Justice Department attorney Chris Madel will lead the investigation.

Vikings President Mark Wilf said “it is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations.”

In the article — titled “I was an NFL player until I was fired by two cowards and a bigot” and was posted Thursday on the website Deadspi — nKluwe wrote that Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe’s outspoken opposition of an anti-gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.

In one meeting, Kluwe alleged that Priefer said, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”

Kluwe also said former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his rhetoric in an effort to reduce distractions to the team.

Kluwe called Priefer “a bigot” and Spielman and Frazier “two cowards” for releasing him in May after eight seasons with the Vikings.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. Homophobia in the NFL needs to end. So many players are afraid to come out.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:36pm
  2. its because the powers that be.. the owners and their coaches are homophobic and or/in the closet. sometimes the worst enemy to equal rights for gay people are IN THE CLOSET gay people.

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:38pm
  3. Agreed. Like that asshole in the closet asshole who worked under George W. Bush and helped pass anti-gay legislation.

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:39pm
  4. i think thats all sports where homophobia needs to end... except wwe, as it has ended so to speak...'

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 6:38am
  5. The cat is going to investigate it’s own mousing….
    Gee….I wonder how THAT will turn out?!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:39pm
  6. Exactly. Gee, let's police our own rank and file and discover that we all agree our own rank and file did absolutely nothing wrong.

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:42pm
  7. I hate to say it, but what if he was? It’s no different than the Duck Dynasty dimwit being suspended by A&E: if you do or say something in public that embarrasses your boss, you can expect to take heat for it.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:40pm
  8. Robertson didn't pay for a thing what a hoax...

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:44pm
  9. THIS IS JUST SO WRONG IF I WAS HIM I WOULD FILE A LAWSUIT

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:40pm
  10. So is he gay or not

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:41pm
  11. ho cares if he is gay or not!! that is not the question!

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:44pm
  12. HE IS AN ALLY :D!!

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:48pm
  13. Don't know or care. Many who support equality (gay marriage) are straight.

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:51pm
  14. hea a avocate for gays he never said he was gay

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:53pm
  15. There are a lot of us straight supporters out there! He's married to a woman. He's just one of a growing number of people who are consciously evolved or moving in that direction. True, in the end it doesn't matter what his orientation is; but on the other hand why do some assume a straight supporter is somehow in the closet? ;)

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:58pm
  16. As far as I understand, Kluwe is a straight ally.

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00pm
  17. Kluwe is an ally - does not matter what you think his orientation is.

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:26pm
  18. Yeah. Right. And Bush investigated his administration’s exploiting of Pat Tillman’s life and name.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:42pm
  19. Next up:
    DD is going to investigate their own anti-gay and anti-black statements.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:43pm
  20. Ken Quimby Jr: None of your FUCKING business.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:44pm
  21. The owner supported him. Maybe a real investigation will happen.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:44pm
  22. Doesn’t matter if he’s gay or a supporter they were wrong to fire him & I hope it comes back to bite them!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:48pm
  23. He is a brave person to air his beliefs. More pro sports people should stand up for their beliefs like he has.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:50pm
  24. You should come out make a statement I hope he does

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:51pm
  25. What kind of business, Gillian?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:52pm
  26. you know they are guilty

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:52pm
  27. What a GUY!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:58pm
  28. Love him!!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:05pm
  29. He sounds like a great guy who stands up for his convictions.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:17pm
  30. I believe that the only reason that the Viking’s management responded was because of the bullying allegations within the Miami Dolphins organization that have made headlines this year. When upper management & coaches make the comment that they made it’s pretty clear where the organization stands despite their policies.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:18pm
  31. Internal investigations or inquiries will always lead to a “We didn’t do it” verdict. Outside investigators are needed to really learn the truth.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:24pm
  32. THIS WAS A GREAT INTERVIEW WITH THIS MAN… BUT BY ALL MEANS LETS KEEP ROBERTSON ON A& E WHAT A JOKE THIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS TURNING UT TO BE??? http://www.upworthy.com/watch-this-hunky-jock-defend-the-gay-people?c=ufb2

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:39pm
  33. you have no clue what freedom of speech actually means do you. It does not guarantee you freedom from repercussions. With that said, I think there is a lot more behind the scenes against Kluwe. I just hope the owners fo the VIkings can actually do something correct and fire the two cowards responsible, and make sure the bigot gets a permanent ban from sports.

    Replied on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:28pm
  34. There’s really not a lot of straight supporters. Id say 80% of straight people hate gays

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:46pm
  35. If every player came out the discrimination would end.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:49pm
  36. How does one investigate this kind of thing? They’re gonna say ANYTHING to come out on top. You need to secretly tape them. THAT’s when you’ll hear the real thing!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:50pm
  37. It is just going through the motions, they will not do anything about Kluwe :(

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:59pm
  38. I fear he can’t prove it.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:07pm
  39. a hero a real man

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:12pm
  40. He seems like a keeper to me…honest, forthright, empathic…?

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:18pm
  41. Give him some skates and a hockey stick the NHL would be glad to have him.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:42pm
  42. Never mind the Vikings investigating. That will be a joke. Let’s let an independent source do the investigating.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:43pm
  43. I smell a white wash coming.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:54pm
  44. Why was this not addressed immediately?
    Why after the fact, when one’s salary is not on the line?
    Is money more important than morality?
    By waiting, the message is: Stand up for rights, unless mllions of dollars are at stake.

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:57pm
  45. It needs to investigate!

    Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:58pm
  46. you know… I keep hearing about vikings… I have a pagan friend so I keep going “oh vikings must be something about his religion”…. yeah… my mind doesnt think in sports

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:07am
  47. There is a lot of money in hate, bigotry and racism.
    With the example of DD: A&E, Cracker Barrel, and Under Armour capitulating to 9-11 million people who socially accept rules and laws which encompass mire of the population than Jim Crow laws, America is regressing in its tolerance of diversity.

    The NFL is a misogynist club. Primarily white and straight. It has progressed very slowly into tolerance.

    “When George Preston Marshall died in 1969, he directed that the bulk of his estate be used to set up a foundation in his name. He attached one firm condition: that the foundation, operating out of Washington, D.C., should not direct a single dollar toward ‘any purpose which supports or employs the principle of racial integration in any form.’ This is the man who gave the Washington Redskins their name.” [Red-face.us]

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:12am
  48. At the very least, an investigation should bring to light the bigotry and hatred displayed by the coach, and the intimidation tactics used by him. That is a man who shouldn’t be a leader.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:18am
  49. Big Surprise…BIG, HUGE…..please….I love football, and I’m gay….not surprised, at all.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:24am
  50. Me to on all the above..★

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4:39pm
  51. GOOD.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:41am
  52. Good thing I’m a Lions fan!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:52am
  53. If the Mn Vikings are anything like the Mn DOC it will be white washed. “Good ole boys club.” Let’s see if someone in Mn has integrity.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:19am
  54. Pour guy. He does not deserve having to do this.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:38am
  55. The Vikings will never tell the truth anyways….they have to save face…bunch of Hippocrates…

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:57am
  56. It’s hypocrites, not hippocrates. LOL.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 3:30am
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    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 3:37am
  58. This guy is a hero, if for nothing else but sticking to his beliefs.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 3:53am
  59. The NFL and Country music ..

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 5:28am
  60. Football players are supposed to be so tough, and yet they can be such p*ssies when it comes to something that really matters. I salute and thank Kluwe for his support.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:35am
  61. The cat’s out of that bag already. He was fired for supporting not only marriage equality but anti-bullying efforts. The Vikings’ management needs to be fired for allowing Kluwe to be fired.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:03am
  62. So your opinion of gay marriage matters more than how you play the game? I don’t get it.

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:12am
  63. Its called standing up for what you believe in!!!!!

    Replied on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 4:37pm
  64. Kluwe is a great guy!

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:56pm
  65. He is good brother for holding his ground

    Posted on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 5:28pm