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.