On Friday, the lawyer representing former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said that the attorneys hired to investigate Kluwe’s allegations had promised to allow Kluwe to keep the names of witnesses anonymous. In response, one of those attorneys said no such deal has been made.
“We have specifically told Mr. Kluwe’s counsel that we will agree to no preconditions to any interview with respect to this investigation,” attorney Christopher Madel told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday night. “None. And that includes confidentiality of anything.”
Said Kluwe’s lawyer in reply: “Maybe I spoke in haste.”
While Kluwe’s concerns are legitimate, it becomes very difficult to fully investigate his claims if the investigators don’t know the names of the witnesses. Madel said that those who are interviewed will be informed to report “any hint of any witness feeling any retaliation whatsoever,” and that “swift action” will be taken if retaliation has occurred.
The investigation report will be sent to the Vikings, who then will send it to the NFL. Madel said that a decision then will be made on whether the report will become public.
Kluwe contends that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks in the presence of Kluwe and others. Kluwe also claims that he was cut because of his gay-rights activism.
He is scheduled to be interviewed by the lawyers investigating the situation on January 24.