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Vikings to conduct independent review of Kluwe’s allegations

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The Vikings said Thursday that they take seriously the allegations of former punter Chris Kluwe.  The Vikings have proven it by hiring a pair of lawyers to conduct an independent review of the situation.

Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson (pictured) and former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Chris Madel will lead the investigation.

“It is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations,” Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said in a team-issued release.

“This is a highly sensitive matter that we as an organization will address with integrity,” Vikings Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Warren said.  “Eric and Chris have stellar reputations in both the local and national legal community.  They have handled numerous cases involving a wide range of issues, and we are confident they will move swiftly and fairly in completing this investigation.”

Kluwe alleges that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer used homophobic language in Kluwe’s presence, and that the Vikings cut Kluwe in May because of his public stance regarding gay rights.

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  1. glennsyank13 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:30 PM

    What are they going to do? Interview Kluwe and the coaches? That doesn’t prove anything either way. This is all for PR purposes. It will result in “We find no definitive proof the allegations are true. However, we are committed to ensuring an atmosphere of tolerating all people is in place.” Or some other empty words.

  2. boldgreenandgold says: Jan 3, 2014 3:32 PM

    Kluwe got what he wanted. If the coach is found guilty of the allegations, shame on him. If he isn’t, let’s hope this is the last we hear of Kluwe.

  3. dluxxx says: Jan 3, 2014 3:33 PM

    Oh boy. Things are about to get real interesting. One way or another, I think Priefer is no longer a head coach candidate, and is probably gone regardless of whom is hired as the new HC. If it turns out Kluwe was telling the truth, then those who came out in Priefer’s defense are going to look really silly.

    OTOH, if Kluwe was making it up, then he’s gonna be in a world of hurt… I lean towards believing that the intillegent, well spoken athlete knows this and wouldn’t fling mud unless he had his ducks in a row…

  4. meatcarroll says: Jan 3, 2014 3:33 PM

    Between this and the Jonathan Martin fiasco, I’ve become extraordinarily concerned with the future of the NFL.

  5. fooseball1234 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:33 PM

    I’ll save everyone the trouble…..

    This Investigation has been ruled as inconclusive…..now please don’t ever bring it up again – Vikings Organization

  6. golforepar says: Jan 3, 2014 3:33 PM

    Treating players with respect is optional in Minnesota!

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:34 PM

    So where will this end up fitting within the lengthy all time list of embarrassing Viking scandals?

  8. bucrightoff says: Jan 3, 2014 3:34 PM

    If Kluwe is indeed fabricating this, I hope Priefer sues the living crap out of him.

  9. natelan69 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:38 PM

    We all know Kluwe is telling the truth. Priefer has defenders not because they think he didn’t say it… But because they hope he did.

  10. redzona says: Jan 3, 2014 3:38 PM

    Ruh roh relroy!

  11. sdsmooth says: Jan 3, 2014 3:38 PM

    You know that family member that no one will admit being related to? That’s what the Vikings are to the NFL.

    It’s no longer funny Minnesota. Just sad.

  12. mykpfsu says: Jan 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    WOW, PFT still continuing the blackout of the Vikes Special Teams players backing Prieffer. Here is what Blair Walsh (aka Vikes kicker, aka a member in Vikes specialist meetings, AKA Kluwe’s last roommate) about Kluwe’s article “I have had countless conversations and interactions with Coach Priefer, and I personally can attest to his integrity and character. His professionalism in the workplace is exemplary, and I firmly believe that my teammates would whole-heartedly agree. The allegations made today are reprehensible and totally not compatible with what Mike Priefer stands for. “

  13. mrmcl says: Jan 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    So it’s fine for Chris Kluwe to end a coach’s career over his views on human sexuality; but it’s wrong for a coach (allegedly) to end Kluwe’s career over his views on human sexuality?

  14. arwiv says: Jan 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    Oh boy, here we go again. Why don’t the Vikings take the thousands that they’re going to waste on these guys and feed a bunch of homeless people?

  15. grantsbuds says: Jan 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    Priefer may be a bigot (court is still out).
    But Mr. Kluwe, please relive your off season/preseason; cut by Vikes, try outs with Bears, Bills and Raiders led to no job.
    Please go away Mr. Kluwe.

  16. sdsmooth says: Jan 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    It’s called PROFESSIONAL football Minnesota. Look into it.

  17. doner80 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:40 PM

    It fits with shaaron!!!

  18. vmannj says: Jan 3, 2014 3:40 PM

    The media outlets that praise Chris Kluwe for standing up for what he believes in are the same ones that throw Tim Tebow under the bus for “shoving” religion in people’s faces. What happened to America? Does not everyone still have the right to an opinion? As far as I’m concerned Tebow, Phil Robertson, Chris Kluwe, and the Vikings Special Teams Coach can all believe and/or say whatever they want. Political correctness has destroyed our ability to think for ourselves.

  19. farminfool says: Jan 3, 2014 3:42 PM

    So then why did Oakland cut him same reason or did he just happen to not be very good? He was an overpaid punter who was getting old. Deal with it. That’s the problem when someone’s drowning they try to drag you down with them.

  20. mykpfsu says: Jan 3, 2014 3:43 PM

    Though I wonder when Kluwe will name the bigot in the Raiders organization that cut him, not to mention all the other bigots on the teams that he tried out for but didn’t make. I mean since that seems to be his only reason for not having a job right now.

  21. anicra says: Jan 3, 2014 3:45 PM

    It is Minnesota, if the court allows an addition of a box of ballots to win election for Franken which were found in a guys car a week after the recount was going on…Anything can happen…I am guessing Ponder will get some blame some how.

  22. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 3, 2014 3:46 PM

    I only hope kluwe is correct so that maybe spielman get’s canned too!

  23. saint970 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:50 PM

    Let me guess and save everyone the trouble…..
    No wrongdoing found.

  24. painsyndicate says: Jan 3, 2014 3:51 PM

    Who cares what Kluwe says? Liberals are out of style in 2014 and forever forward.

    Let their flawed ideology die in silence.

  25. Paul M. says: Jan 3, 2014 3:52 PM

    Kluwe was a no show for an appearance at my granddaughters middle school a couple of years ago.

    He’s a bum.

  26. buckethead1 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:53 PM

    Wow…..Wild card weekend, and you choose to continue to give an out of work, attention seeking punter headlines…Go away..

  27. aliinct says: Jan 3, 2014 3:55 PM

    I’m always leery of someone who makes allegations well after the events actually occurred. The problem with the way Chris handled this is that, unfortunately, now that it’s public, the coach will most likely have his career ruined, guilty or not. No team is going to want to deal with the PR nightmare that would come with hiring Priefer. If it is true, it should be handled by the Vikings. That’s why we have discrimination/harassment laws.
    I’m also a bit tired of people wanting someone’s life ruined because they may have said something that offended someone else. Maybe the coach is a jerk and made a comment to express his views which he has a right to just as everyone else. If you don’t like it, call him an “a-hole” and move on. Don’t associate with them. We all work with people we may think are “a-holes” and may say really stupid things on occasion. That doesn’t mean they all should be fired or never work again.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jan 3, 2014 3:56 PM

    While the investigators are still on the Viking payroll, maybe they should look into the allegations that Spielman is impersonating a NFL GM. Its likely they will find no evidence that he has acted like a GM except for he has turned in his draft choices in on time, clearly an improvement over the previous GM.

  29. mnmark says: Jan 3, 2014 3:58 PM

    Kluwe has to meet his maker in the end and that goes for the rest of us as well!

  30. metalman5150 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:01 PM

    Middle finger is the flag that I wave, when I’m silenced.

  31. wafflestomp says: Jan 3, 2014 4:02 PM

    When told of these events, Erin Henderson was quoted as saying, “I’ll drink to that!”.

  32. jason1980 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:05 PM

    Where is Roger Goddell, he’s awfully silent?? Did he shoot his wad with the Saints “bounty gate” fiasco? All he and the league office does these days are levy fines on players for playing FOOTBALL!!

  33. suns11111 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:05 PM

    Blair and Cullen thank Kluwe for ruining your offseason………………..

  34. pem34 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:08 PM

    Why a special investigation? Can’t Goodell just summon every special teams player to the league office and ask them if it happened? Wouldn’t that be faster/easier/less expensive/make sense?

  35. bat42boy says: Jan 3, 2014 4:08 PM

    Who really cares!!! Just a way for some lawyers to make a lot of money from the Vikings. The Vikings should spend their time and money on why they are losing so many games. That’s the most pressing problem.

  36. mayfieldroadboy says: Jan 3, 2014 4:10 PM

    Political correctness: I cannot say anything that may offend you, but you are able to destroy my personal life and my professional life because I may have said things which made you unhappy.

    Isn’t political correctness trumped by the first amendment – my right to speak my opinions as long as I don’t shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater, or any other thing that causes mob-like panic and hysteria.

  37. Jikky Jax says: Jan 3, 2014 4:12 PM

    I can tell you the outcome:

    1. Priefer said it. Kluwe may be many things, but he’s not stupid. Almost zero chance that he is that frontal and specific without it being true.

    2. They cut Kluwe (primarily) because they thought they could get just as much productivity out of the rookie (they were wrong) for less $$$$. If he were a top 5 punter, they would have kept him.

    Where do I send the bill?

  38. pfic15 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:15 PM

    Kluwe had no problem spending the Vikings money. Both he and his advocate partner from the Ravens have both played the gay rights bias card post NFL career. Get a new gig guys. Its old. Now, back to the Redskins name.

  39. thingamajig says: Jan 3, 2014 4:16 PM

    Funny how these type allegations always come up after the accuser no longer works for the company or team.

  40. rjwalnuts says: Jan 3, 2014 4:18 PM

    I allege that the Vikings suck, can they review that??

  41. crapsandviche says: Jan 3, 2014 4:19 PM

    So I’m curious, is it Kluwe’s Outspokeness that’s keeping him from finding gainful unemployment in the NFL OR is it Coach Priefer/Viking Organization keeping him from finding gainful employment.

  42. nickynick04 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:21 PM

    Looks like that Viking dynasty is right on schedule…….
    Pathetic!

  43. fground says: Jan 3, 2014 4:28 PM

    From ESPN article”

    Kluwe has declined to name the other players whom he says heard Priefer’s remarks, because of his belief that he was run out of the NFL for his views and those players could also be risking their careers by supporting him. But if he has to involve them, Kluwe said, he will.

    “The thing is, I made serious statements,” Kluwe said. “If it comes down to it, I have to provide the evidence.”

    Kluwe said he has no audio recordings of Priefer’s comments, and that his evidence consists of the recollections he wrote down at the time and other players’ testimony.

  44. blogatron2000 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:29 PM

    Read another story on this where Kluwe said that he has witnesses but doesn’t want to name them unless he has to.

    Huh?

    You’ve blatantly stated that your purpose is to ruin someone’s career and the world should just take your word for it?

    Really delusional piece of work, you are…

  45. sevensixtwonato says: Jan 3, 2014 4:37 PM

    Your First Amendment protects you from prosecution by the Government for things that you say…not from your employer.

  46. sevensixtwonato says: Jan 3, 2014 4:38 PM

    I love how all the trolls post at the same time…same user maybe? *cough*filthy*cough*

  47. fwippel says: Jan 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    So given the fact that several Viking players have come out in support of Priefer, and no Viking players have come out in support of Kluwe doesn’t mean anything?

    So I guess what matters is not the nature of the evidence, but the seriousness of the charge.

    Let’s hope Priefer isn’t accused of sinking the Titanic, or the Vikings will have to open an investigation into that allegation as well.

  48. jmorand47 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:39 PM

    Don’t forget that the Raiders cut him too and the fact that every NFL team also bypassed Chris after he was cut. I like Chris and respect his views, but I don’t think Minnesota cut him for his views.

  49. macneil4025 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:42 PM

    Just further proof the Vikings are one of the most popular teams in the NFL. The Vikings are out of the playoffs, have no head coach, no home stadium, and people still can’t stop talking about them. If this was the Lions or the Browns nobody would care. What is the saying? Good or Bad PR is still PR!! Love them or hate them, the Vikings are one of the leagues prize possessions!

  50. mayorrobford says: Jan 3, 2014 4:47 PM

    “Does not everyone still have the right to an opinion?”

    Sure they do, just like a business has the right to the opinion that it’s in their best interest to fire you for your opinion.

    Free Speech has never and will never protect you from anything but the government.

  51. jasonatomic says: Jan 3, 2014 4:47 PM

    I see Blair Walsh’s statement, which was obviously crafted by a lawyer, has been posted. A careful reading shows that Walsh doesn’t ever deny that Priefer said the things Kluwe alleged. I find that interesting, don’t you?

    My take is that replacing the aging punter while you’re rebuilding, and not two or three years later when your team is rebuilt, is the correct course of action. It’s just unfortunate that this team is plagued by such unprofessional behavior as Priefer’s. Just look at the way the team invented injuries for the various quarterbacks this year for all the evidence you need. They need to clean house from the top down.

  52. lawyermalloy says: Jan 3, 2014 4:49 PM

    “Hell hath no fury like a PUNTER scorned”

  53. jonbeck316 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:56 PM

    Kluwe is just being a drama queen

  54. jollyjoker2 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:00 PM

    I like how KK calls the vikes cowards when he had two years to bring this forward and waited until now. Really? KK seems like a coward to me. Also, why are the Vikings even paying attention to this guy – he is out of the NFL. If anything, they are going to come out and state they found nothing – and if they did find a remark somewhere are they going to pay him off for stating a remark? Geeze, this is about the most absurd much ado about nothing I have ever heard. Bunch of hen pecked little chickens going back and forth.

  55. largent80 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:01 PM

    No one else on the Vikes will have the balls to corroborate Kluwe’s allegations, not after seeing what happens to guys who speak out (short answer: they lose their jobs). So this will quickly become an unresolvable problem. End result: a lot of time wasted.

    However the Vikes still have an out to let them save face, which, after all, is what this is really about. They will get a new HC to replace Frazier and that HC simply needs to bring along his most recent special teams coach. Happens all the time where a new HC more or less cleans house and brings in ‘his guys’. Then the Vikes can say that Priefer is being fired simply because it’s a new coaching staff and the HC prefers to go with guys already on the same page. Done.

  56. jcbadger34 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:02 PM

    I guess I can see why the Vikings fans continue to attack the Packers for “not selling out” a game quick enough….despite game-time wind chills dropping down to the -50 degree level.

    When your organization is continuously an embarrassment, both on and off the field, you gotta find something to distract yourself, eh?

  57. leapyrman says: Jan 3, 2014 5:05 PM

    This is a sport where people have died on the field and this guy is worried about name calling?

    Coaches have made players run laps and collapsed due to a lack of water and some players have had heat strokes and here we are talking about possible name calling?

    Players have been paralyzed, suffered brain injuries, can barely walk after their playing days and this mediocre punter is worried about name calling….no wonder he got cut. I wouldn’t want to hear that whining from Ray Guy.

    I don’t care what the coach said…go away Kluwe.

  58. jasonatomic says: Jan 3, 2014 5:07 PM

    mayfieldroadboy says:
    Jan 3, 2014 4:10 PM
    Political correctness: I cannot say anything that may offend you, but you are able to destroy my personal life and my professional life because I may have said things which made you unhappy.

    Isn’t political correctness trumped by the first amendment – my right to speak my opinions as long as I don’t shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater, or any other thing that causes mob-like panic and hysteria.

    ………………………………………..

    The First Amendment doesn’t protect you from being terminated from your job for the things you say at work. It also doesn’t prohibit others from mocking you or publicly dissing you when you say some hateful crap about gays. You have your “right to speak your opinions” and others have the right to call you out with their opinions. That’s how it works.

    Please, do yourself a favor and learn a little about the Constitution.

  59. theytukrjobs says: Jan 3, 2014 5:09 PM

    Kluwe obviously takes things too far and doesn’t seem to care about the people he attacks at all.

    He accuses people of being intolerant and standing on their soap boxes and preaching negativity. He maybe should check the mirror. He’s part of the problem, not the solution.

  60. mooberry123 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:11 PM

    Too bad there’s no more Sunday Night Football…was hoping to hear another lecture from Bob Costas

  61. tdubdizzle says: Jan 3, 2014 5:18 PM

    Chris Kluwe is trying to strip Mike Priefer of his first amendment right. The right to ‘Freedom of speech’. What Chris Kluwe is demanding is unconstitutional and he is discriminating against people who don’t hold the same beliefs as him.

  62. randomcommenter says: Jan 3, 2014 5:19 PM

    I hope Kluwe gets offered a job by the Redskins and the PC dilemma makes his pseudo intellectual liberal pinhead pop.

  63. r8rsfan says: Jan 3, 2014 5:20 PM

    mrmcl says:
    Jan 3, 2014 3:39 PM
    So it’s fine for Chris Kluwe to end a coach’s career over his views on human sexuality; but it’s wrong for a coach (allegedly) to end Kluwe’s career over his views on human sexuality?
    ——————
    Bingo. The side demanding tolerance is once again proven to be the least tolerant of all.

  64. tdubdizzle says: Jan 3, 2014 5:21 PM

    I do not support gay marriage but I do support gay people. All homesexuals are welcome in my home and I will always be there to help my fellow brothers and sisters.Does that make me ignorant? Somebody Ask Chris… It won’t be constitutional correct but you can ask him…

  65. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:25 PM

    The Vikings don’t need these kind of distractions right in the middle of the playoffs.

    I mean during draft preparation.

  66. fearthehoody says: Jan 3, 2014 5:26 PM

    Go away Punter

  67. astiowa says: Jan 3, 2014 5:33 PM

    mrmcl says:
    Jan 3, 2014 3:39 PM
    So it’s fine for Chris Kluwe to end a coach’s career over his views on human sexuality; but it’s wrong for a coach (allegedly) to end Kluwe’s career over his views on human sexuality?

    ………………………………………………………..

    It’s not exactly comparable. Even if you believe every single word of what Kluwe alleges, all Priefer and company did was end Kluwe’s time with the Vikings. They didn’t say anything publicly to keep other NFL teams from considering him, in fact Kluwe has gotten several try outs from other teams. They didn’t end his career. His career may be over because he may no longer have the skills to justify his salary, but nothing Priefer, the Vikings, or anyone else did is responsible for that.

    Kluwe is trying to end Priefer’s career. Priefer was already going to be unemployed after a new coach was hired. There was absolutely no truth all the talk that Priefer might be a head coach candidate for the Vikings. Other than John Harbaugh, how many other special teams coordinators have become an NFL head coach? As if the odds weren’t against him enough, the special teams unit under performed this year, and the Vikings also want a change. Childress to Fraizer to Priefer isn’t a change, its staying the course by hiring from the same coaching tree. Kluwe even came out and said he was trying to keep him from coaching at any level ever again. Kluwe is just bitter he can’t kick well enough to get a contract and he’s lashing out because of it. Kluwe has proven himself to be more evil and vindictive than the people he speaks out again. I agree with Kluwe’s position on the issue, but that alone doesn’t mean you can do anything to advance the cause. Evil people can exist on all sides of an issue.

  68. koreystringerswidow says: Jan 3, 2014 5:35 PM

    My Korey deserved an independent review.

    Shameful. Just shameful.

  69. jackybadass says: Jan 3, 2014 5:38 PM

    Boys will be boys . Play on !

  70. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 3, 2014 5:38 PM

    The argument that Kluwe would never lie because people would find out doesn’t work for me. A very famous person said “if you like your health insurance, you can keep it” at least 40 times even though he knew that eventually everyone would know that it wasn’t true. People tend to believe the accusation and they won’t care if it’s proven wrong sometime down the road.

  71. lanman11 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:39 PM

    Incredible time and expense goes into this, and major damage can occur to individuals, yet if nothing comes of it, the accuser walks without a mark. The problem isn’t as much what is happening, as it is what our society does to people in this situation. It’s akin to a witch hunt in that there’s no way out for the accused. The damage is done. What organization will want to risk hiring this guy now based on the fear they too will become a media circus act?

  72. jebdamone says: Jan 3, 2014 5:41 PM

    Political correctness: I cannot say anything that may offend you, but you are able to destroy my personal life and my professional life because I may have said things which made you unhappy.

    Isn’t political correctness trumped by the first amendment – my right to speak my opinions as long as I don’t shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater, or any other thing that causes mob-like panic and hysteria.
    *********************************

    i see so many people that misunderstand what the first amendment right to free speech means. there are still repercussions to ones actions when saying things in the private sector. priefer can not go to jail for what he allegedly said but he can surely be suspended or fired for his conduct.

  73. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 3, 2014 5:44 PM

    jasonatomic says:Jan 3, 2014 4:47 PM

    I see Blair Walsh’s statement, which was obviously crafted by a lawyer, has been posted. A careful reading shows that Walsh doesn’t ever deny that Priefer said the things Kluwe alleged. I find that interesting, don’t you?
    _________

    No, but I find the mental gymnastics you engaged in to interpret Walsh’s statement pretty interesting. Walsh said “the allegations made today are reprehensible.” If the allegations are true, why would they be reprehensible?

  74. 2manyconcussions says: Jan 3, 2014 5:45 PM

    jasonatomic says: Jan 3, 2014 5:07 PM

    mayfieldroadboy says:
    Jan 3, 2014 4:10 PM
    Political correctness: I cannot say anything that may offend you, but you are able to destroy my personal life and my professional life because I may have said things which made you unhappy.

    Isn’t political correctness trumped by the first amendment – my right to speak my opinions as long as I don’t shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater, or any other thing that causes mob-like panic and hysteria.

    ………………………………………..

    The First Amendment doesn’t protect you from being terminated from your job for the things you say at work. It also doesn’t prohibit others from mocking you or publicly dissing you when you say some hateful crap about gays. You have your “right to speak your opinions” and others have the right to call you out with their opinions. That’s how it works.

    Please, do yourself a favor and learn a little about the Constitution.
    ___________________

    And the same logic applies to Kluwe getting his pink slip. He had the right to his opinions. He is now sitting at home unemployed with his rights still intact. It remains to be proven whether he is telling the truth. Although the right to presumption of innocence doesn’t seem to apply equally these days.

  75. thatswhatimsayin says: Jan 3, 2014 5:50 PM

    The problem I see with people leveling accusations like these, which are purely based on hearsay is this. Mike Prieffer will be tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. This may cause any NFL team to distance themselves from him due to the controversy. He may never coach again. This will affect his family forever. Chris Kluwe said on KFAN Radio this morning that if Mike Prieffer so vehemently denies these allegations then he should sue him for defamation of character. That is crap! If Prieffer actually said those things then provide a recording of it, provide witnesses of it. Kluwe as the accuser should prove he did say that. But it still doesn’t explain why he was cut by 2 other teams and not picked up by any other. His next bombshell will be how the whole NFL discriminated against him

  76. anicra says: Jan 3, 2014 5:54 PM

    sevensixtwonato says: Jan 3, 2014 4:37 PM

    Your First Amendment protects you from prosecution by the Government for things that you say…not from your employer.


    This is true. However the NFL is Tax Exempt by the US Govt. So One could argue that there is some grey area.

  77. jasonatomic says: Jan 3, 2014 6:05 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 3, 2014 5:44 PM
    jasonatomic says:Jan 3, 2014 4:47 PM

    I see Blair Walsh’s statement, which was obviously crafted by a lawyer, has been posted. A careful reading shows that Walsh doesn’t ever deny that Priefer said the things Kluwe alleged. I find that interesting, don’t you?
    _________

    No, but I find the mental gymnastics you engaged in to interpret Walsh’s statement pretty interesting. Walsh said “the allegations made today are reprehensible.” If the allegations are true, why would they be reprehensible?

    …………………………………………..

    Walsh, via his lawyer, thinks it’s reprehensible that Kluwe made the allegations. He says nothing about the allegations being true or not.

    It’s a diplomatic non-answer from an active player who wants to keep his job and not burn any bridges.

  78. keltictim says: Jan 3, 2014 6:12 PM

    This has got to be the all time record for media stories involving a punter. And an out of work punter at that.

  79. mack2x says: Jan 3, 2014 6:16 PM

    “He said a bad word!!”- crucify him!

  80. teamnorsecore says: Jan 3, 2014 6:35 PM

    aliinct says:
    Jan 3, 2014 3:55 PM
    I’m always leery of someone who makes allegations well after the events actually occurred. The problem with the way Chris handled this is that, unfortunately, now that it’s public, the coach will most likely have his career ruined, guilty or not. No team is going to want to deal with the PR nightmare that would come with hiring Priefer. If it is true, it should be handled by the Vikings. That’s why we have discrimination/harassment laws.
    I’m also a bit tired of people wanting someone’s life ruined because they may have said something that offended someone else. Maybe the coach is a jerk and made a comment to express his views which he has a right to just as everyone else. If you don’t like it, call him an “a-hole” and move on. Don’t associate with them. We all work with people we may think are “a-holes” and may say really stupid things on occasion. That doesn’t mean they all should be fired or never work again.
    …………
    Great post….couldnt agree more. Unfortunately in today’s entitled, big baby society, the days of telling someone to step off are gone.

  81. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 3, 2014 6:39 PM

    jasonatomic says:Jan 3, 2014 6:05 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 3, 2014 5:44 PM
    jasonatomic says:Jan 3, 2014 4:47 PM

    I see Blair Walsh’s statement, which was obviously crafted by a lawyer, has been posted. A careful reading shows that Walsh doesn’t ever deny that Priefer said the things Kluwe alleged. I find that interesting, don’t you?
    _________

    No, but I find the mental gymnastics you engaged in to interpret Walsh’s statement pretty interesting. Walsh said “the allegations made today are reprehensible.” If the allegations are true, why would they be reprehensible?

    …………………………………………..

    Walsh, via his lawyer, thinks it’s reprehensible that Kluwe made the allegations. He says nothing about the allegations being true or not.

    It’s a diplomatic non-answer from an active player who wants to keep his job and not burn any bridges.
    _________

    A more diplomatic non-answer would be to say nothing. He didn’t have to make a statement. Also, I imagine that the reason he doesn’t come right out and say Kluwe is lying is because he’s leaving open the possibility that Priefer said those things when Walsh wasn’t around.

  82. kingknute says: Jan 3, 2014 6:46 PM

    Kluwless didn’t have time for the NFL job anyway and it showed in his performance. They did him him a favor by cutting him leaving him more time to spout gibberish about things he believes and play bass guitar in his mom’s basement.

  83. jasonatomic says: Jan 3, 2014 6:57 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 3, 2014 5:44

    A more diplomatic non-answer would be to say nothing. He didn’t have to make a statement. Also, I imagine that the reason he doesn’t come right out and say Kluwe is lying is because he’s leaving open the possibility that Priefer said those things when Walsh wasn’t around.

    …………………

    I think he made the statement because he supports Priefer. Remember, Priefer was the guy who pushed for Walsh to be drafted after studying a problem with the way he approached his field goals kicking. (Too fast on approach.) Priefer helped Walsh correct the issue and the young man made The pro bowl his first year.

    His lawyer left the statement ambiguous for a reason. It could be that he knows Priefer did say those things or it could have happened as you say and he may think Priefer said things when he (Walsh) wasn’t there. Kluwe said others were present so my guess is that Walsh was indeed present. We’ll see!

    The disastrous season just keeps rolling along.

  84. captainronmexico says: Jan 3, 2014 6:58 PM

    vmannj says:

    Jan 3, 2014 3:40 PM

    “As far as I’m concerned Tebow, Phil Robertson, Chris Kluwe, and the Vikings Special Teams Coach can all believe and/or say whatever they want. Political correctness has destroyed our ability to think for ourselves.”

    190 25
    ______________________________

    So you’re cool with someone saying that all gays should be herded to an island and die in a nuclear holocaust? In the workplace?

    190 likes. I’m a politically incorrect conservative, but the commenters here are to the right of neanderthal. Wow.

    I have no dog in this fight whatsoever, but whatever you think of Kluwe or “the gays”, I have a hard time believing he’d make this up out of thin air.

    And if the coach does NOT sue for slander, he might as well sign a confession that he said it. If someone says I said this, and I didn’t, I’m at the courthouse the next day filing a lawsuit.

  85. tinbender2000 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:02 PM

    painsyndicate says: Jan 3, 2014 3:51 PM

    Who cares what Kluwe says? Liberals are out of style in 2014 and forever forward.

    Let their flawed ideology die in silence.

    Let me guess. You live in a small town in a flyover state, and have no clue what’s going on in 90% of America?

  86. duece5 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:06 PM

    fooseball1234 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:33 PM

    I’ll save everyone the trouble…..

    This Investigation has been ruled as inconclusive…..now please don’t ever bring it up again – Vikings Organization

    duece5 says:

    First of all, love the name fooseball1234!!

    Secondly, this is the unfortunate, pc, he (Priefer) is essentially guilty until proven innocent. So, this mini committee will interview players that will state that they heard or saw nothing of this behavior.

    AS OF TODAY, NOT 1 SINGLE ex-teammate has corraborated what Kluwe has alleged.

    Thirdly, if Kluwe was SO repulsed, SO put-off, SO offended, he should have gone after this RIGHT AWAY-to further prove his point that this was wrong, and to show zero fear that he would lose his job because of it.

    He stated how NFL players are basically “puppets”….well who WILLINGLY played the puppet Kluwe??? YOU, by not doing something about the so-called allegation! Which leads most to believe it didn’t happen, or the action by Priefer was so negligible, that it didn’t prompt the hysteria you now bring.

    Fourth, is this about gay rights, or about a personal vendetta against Priefer for cutting you????

    You admitted that your 1st “goal was for him to NEVER coach again”.

    Dude, talk about venom…..what about HIS family…..what about Frazier and his family…..what about Spielman and his family?

    You made millions with the Vikings, especially your last 3 years, and this is the way you treat people?

    How about YOUR treatment?

    Who is being INTOLERANT now?????????

  87. briang123 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:09 PM

    If the outcome of the investigation does not conform to the preferred liberal narrative, the investigation will drag on for months, like the Martin-Icognito fiasco, which it became clear early on that perhaps Martin wasn’t the poor victim he played himself to be.

  88. duece5 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:45 PM

    jcbadger34 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:02 PM

    I guess I can see why the Vikings fans continue to attack the Packers for “not selling out” a game quick enough….despite game-time wind chills dropping down to the -50 degree level.

    When your organization is continuously an embarrassment, both on and off the field, you gotta find something to distract yourself, eh?

    duece5 says:

    One and done little badger…..worry about your lack of “defense”.

    Niners game for you will be brutal…….

    By the way, we finished with a 2nd half of the season as the best in the North with a 4-3-1 record…..you had a lsoing one.

    Your team has not won ONCE this season against a team with a winning record.

    Our team has.

    We have 18 division championship against your 12, which is a direct comparison to direct competition.

    Had enough little brother?

    There endeth the lesson.

  89. htstaxinc says: Jan 3, 2014 7:49 PM

    hey filthymcidiot… you mean some scandals like these.

    Paul Hornung In 1963 suspended for betting on and most likely fixing games.

    Eric Walden Domestic Violence

    John Jolly convicted drug dealer

    James Lofton and Eddie Lee Ivery sexual assault

    Chmura with his babysitter

    june 2010 – 7 players from the green bay packers were questioned about sexual assaults of two women

    brandon underwood sexual assault charge

    Ol’ Najeh Davenport, closet dumping, and domestic violence

    Favre and drug addiction

    Charles Martin sexual assault

    Mossy Cade sexual assault, which i think was his Aunt, that was nice.

    Spencer Havner, DUI

    and whatever else the Green Bay Police have kept under wraps.

    stay classy Green Bay

  90. mykpfsu says: Jan 3, 2014 7:54 PM

    “jasonatomic says:
    Jan 3, 2014 4:47 PM
    I see Blair Walsh’s statement, which was obviously crafted by a lawyer, has been posted. A careful reading shows that Walsh doesn’t ever deny that Priefer said the things Kluwe alleged. I find that interesting, don’t you?”

    Even if it was crafted by a lawyer (odd you want to assume someone who majored in speech communication needs help writing a release), that means Blair Walsh read Kluwe’s article, called a lawyer, got hold of a lawyer, had the statement made and got it to reporters in almost 5 hours. Not even close to being impossible for sure. But the speed shows Walsh very much believes not only in what he is saying, but that it needed to be said.

  91. jcbadger34 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:03 PM

    Minnesota Vikings – 2nd Half NFC North Champions!!!!!!

    duece must be so proud! Those Second Half Division Championships count just as much as NFL Titles, right? …… oh wait, they don’t? ….. Damn.

    But congrats on that second half championship, and the prize it brought you……..getting knocked out of the running for one of the top QBs in the draft.

    Have fun with another year of Matt Cassel! Or maybe you’ll get lucky and pick up Matt Schaub! Man, the future sure is bright for the Minnesota Vikings!

  92. shelovesfootball says: Jan 3, 2014 9:48 PM

    Hey Vikings – I’m surprised you didn’t hire Zygi’s law team to help you with this. It would only take 20 years or so to find the answer.

  93. GenXJay says: Jan 3, 2014 9:50 PM

    Even as Vikes Troll, I support ShAaron Rodgers’ life choices.

  94. Bo Darville says: Jan 3, 2014 10:35 PM

    I am so tired of all these pearl clutching moments.

  95. Bo Darville says: Jan 3, 2014 10:36 PM

    Priefer is toast, Magnuson is the same guy that oversaw the Franken recount.

  96. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:48 PM

    The Vikings are cursed for a reason. They ran a bounty system in the 80′s and 90′s and then later tried to pin every single bounty in the history of the NFL on the Saints.

    The Vikings have anti-gay coaches who are truly horrible people. The Vikings deserve every bad call and every close loss they’ve ever gotten. It’s a rotten, cursed franchise.

  97. emperorzero says: Jan 3, 2014 11:53 PM

    Chris Kluwe has always been intelligent and well-reasoned in his writing, so even though I don’t know any of these individuals, I have the tendency to believe Kluwe.

  98. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 4, 2014 12:16 AM

    lol… here goes Deuce saying that divisional championships are the measuring stick.

    Sorry. It’s championships, little man. And we’ve got the longest stick in the sport.

  99. ca2mnguy says: Jan 4, 2014 1:20 AM

    the last go round he couldn’t land a job because of his skill, or better said, lack thereof.
    but if he were to be so foolish as to try again (yes very intelligent individuals can also be really dumb sometimes), well good luck getting another job after publicly insulting a uniformly well respected coach character-wise in leslie frazier. He’s one of tony dungy’s best friends for granolas sakes! I bet the jim harbaughs of the coaching world can’t wait to have his big mouth and average leg on the field and in their locker room. if only we could watch kluwe under the tutelage of coach knight, now that would be quality reality tv! speaking of, i think he should make one of two choices, either a, shush up and move on with his life, or b, host a daytime talk show. what do you guys think, which path should he take?
    i myself am thinking the talk show is more of a realistic option. that way he could get his crossmarket on and push all the books he is bound to write, just like dr. phil. or even moreso, like The Body. hopefully he doesn’t cover more from the ventura playbook and run for office too.
    i can see it now, ellen to phil to kluwe. that right there would be one formidable culture-molding lineup.

  100. purpleman527 says: Jan 4, 2014 6:57 AM

    If its about being gay, we aren’t supposed to care, it doesn’t matter and we shouldn’t be talking about it.

    Just ask Aaron Rodgers.

  101. stellarperformance says: Jan 4, 2014 5:38 PM

    purpleman527 says:
    Jan 4, 2014 6:57 AM
    If its about being gay, we aren’t supposed to care, it doesn’t matter and we shouldn’t be talking about it.

    Just ask Aaron Rodgers.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Ask him what?

  102. pootytang66 says: Jan 5, 2014 2:25 PM

    It’s obvious that Kluwe is out to get them by still running his pie hole almost a year after being released. Nobody’s signed him so he needs to realize that he sucks as a punter!!!

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