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Lawyer says Kluwe hasn’t been promised anonymity for witnesses

Chris Kluwe AP

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.

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10 Responses to “Lawyer says Kluwe hasn’t been promised anonymity for witnesses”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jan 11, 2014 6:37 PM

    This story is losing steam

  2. dublindemonszfl says: Jan 11, 2014 6:46 PM

    Hey lawyer type dude, maybe your client spoke in haste.

    I heard Kluwe was so pissed off he broke his guitar hero game all over his soap box.

  3. stevent92 says: Jan 11, 2014 7:30 PM

    What EXACTLY is Kluwe trying to prove was said? What does he need witnesses to hear? That his coach said gay people go to hell?

    That is a theological point of debate, and it has no place in a court of law.

  4. 25yearindyfan says: Jan 11, 2014 8:01 PM

    Somebody is offended. Call the press.

  5. hardkor07mn says: Jan 11, 2014 8:03 PM

    Why are we still talking about this tool? Enough is enough

  6. seaeagle707 says: Jan 11, 2014 8:33 PM

    Kluwe seems to think that gay “rights” include a provision to annoy the heck out of the world until everyone has had enough, and begin to turn against gays. Don’t say it couldn’t happen. Push people too far and “anything” can happen.

  7. whatjusthapped says: Jan 11, 2014 8:43 PM

    We are talking about an assistant coach on a last place team where the head coach was fired and the chances that the assistant coach will keep his job are about the same as the Vikings winning the Superbowl.

    Let it go, if Kluwe isn’t good enough for the Vikings, he will never play again.

  8. blacnsilvr says: Jan 11, 2014 9:47 PM

    Dear Kluwe, are you going to play football or save the world? Take your pick!

  9. cmmorgan32 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:20 PM

    @stevent92: Kluwe needs witnesses to corroborate his claims. From what I’ve seen, his case depends on it.

  10. defscottyb says: Jan 11, 2014 10:34 PM

    Who cares about this clown. Just go away please.

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