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Chris Kluwe is Suing the Minnesota Vikings

Chris Kluwe is suing the Minnesota Vikings, after the team allegedly will not release the findings of an investigation into homophobic remarks by special teams coach Mike Priefer. 

Kluwe was released after the 2012 season by Minnesota, and announced on Tuesday, that he is taking legal actions against the Vikings for claims of religious discrimination, defamation, and torturous interference for contractual relations.

Last January, he wrote an essay entitled, “I was an NFL Player Until I was Fired by Two Cowards and a Bigot,” discussing his activism for same-sex marriage rights that he believes got him released by the Vikings.

A month after releasing his essay with Deadspin, he went on Overtime with Jeff Thurn and talked about the investigation with the Vikings.

The Vikings have released a statement saying,

“(Eric) Magnuson (former Chief Justice of Minnesota Supreme Court), (Chris) Madel (former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney) and others spent nearly six months conducting an exhaustive investigation. After the Vikings were given the investigative materials from Magnuson and Madel, in order to further maintain objectivity and integrity, the team engaged a nationally-prominent law firm – Littler Mendelson P.C. – to evaluate employment law matters and provide findings and recommendations to the Vikings. Those recommendations are to be provided to the team this week.

As Magnuson and Madel confirmed today, the Vikings have never made or broken promises as Kluwe and his attorney Clayton Halunen have claimed. The Vikings have also never engaged in the various comments that Kluwe and Halunen have provided to the media over the past six months. This Thursday, July 17, the team has a meeting scheduled between Halunen and Vikings attorneys to discuss next steps.”


The Vikings will not make further comment until the investigation is complete.

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