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Kluwe meets with Vikings investigators

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Several weeks ago, former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe made some strong allegations against the organization.  On Friday, he met with the lawyers hired to investigate the situation.

I cooperated fully for the investigation,” Kluwe told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “The investigation is ongoing.  I’m not going to comment on anything else.  But I was asked questions, and I answered them. . . .  I can say it was a productive meeting.”

Kluwe claims that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic comments in Kluwe’s presence, and chided Kluwe for his support of gay rights.  Kluwe also contends he was cut due to the perceived distraction created by his efforts.

Citing an unnamed source close to the investigation, Tomasson reports that Kluwe, who initially was reluctant to disclose the identity of witnesses for fear of retaliation, shared with the investigators names of witnesses, who will now be contacted as part of the investigation.

“We interviewed him for approximately five hours,” attorney Chris Madel told Tomasson regarding the meeting.  “[Kluwe] answered all of our questions.  There were no agreements with respect to anonymity of any witnesses or any other facts.”

Tomasson also writes that the findings of the investigation will be disclosed in a public report.  Priefer has to date been retained by new coach Mike Zimmer, and Kluwe has softened his initial stance that Priefer is unfit to continue coaching.

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  1. norseyapper says: Jan 25, 2014 9:30 AM

    Kluwe meets with Vikings investigators…

    Who then shoot him and bury him in the back yard of Winter park under 4 feet of snow because the ground was frozen.

  2. backdapack4evr says: Jan 25, 2014 9:42 AM

    This franchise has hit an all time low..
    Not too late to cancel the new stadium.

  3. niners816 says: Jan 25, 2014 9:44 AM

    You were cut because youre terrible. Now youre just annoying….and terrible.

  4. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 25, 2014 9:53 AM

    It is extremely unlikely that Kluwe will be punting in the NFL ever again. He’s radioactive now.

    I can literally see his torched bridges approach making it more difficult to find employment in his post-NFL career too.

    Employers would seem to get pretty skittish with a person with a proven track record for publicly excoriating his prior employer(s) on a high profile scale.

  5. phinland says: Jan 25, 2014 9:55 AM

    This guy is such a drama queen.

  6. bballnut50 says: Jan 25, 2014 9:59 AM

    Kluwe such a cancer… Lied before and lied now… claiming he was not going to ruin a players career. See ya loser, told you then and will tell you now, you need to focus on yourself and not others..do your job & shut your mouth. You got exactly what you deserved.

  7. johnnycantread says: Jan 25, 2014 10:06 AM

    Does Kluwe have any witnesses that will be willing to back up his allegations? If not, then it’s his word against theirs.

  8. easyeddie says: Jan 25, 2014 10:10 AM

    Kluweless’ is likely setting himself up for a gig on MSNBC.

  9. petedutcherjr says: Jan 25, 2014 10:10 AM

    If you ask me, he accepted the risk of backlash when he made the comments.

    I’m not familiar with his play. Were there legit reasons to cut him?

  10. anarchopurplism says: Jan 25, 2014 10:13 AM

    Attention grab. #missionaccomplished

  11. fwippel says: Jan 25, 2014 10:22 AM

    When all the dust clears on this, it will be interesting to see if anyone backs up Kluwe on this. To this point, the only other people to speak publicly about this have come out in strong support of Priefer. If what Kluwe says about Priefer is true, where are the others who heard Priefer make these comments?

    Kluwe’s typically acidic responses to those who disagree with him on this issue do not help his cause. He comes across as an arrogant elitist who thinks that anyone with a differing opinion from his is in need of psychological help. He doesn’t understand how that attitude hurts his cause AND his chances at landing with another team.

    In the end, Kluwe lost his job with the Vikings because they found a punter who could do the job for $1 million less.

    However, the reason Kluwe will never get another NFL job is because of his willingness to lash out at his team publicly instead of handling things internally. His comments about Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman were classless.

    No team is going to hire a guy who behaves the way Kluwe has. It is a shame that Kluwe himself is the last guy to realize this.

  12. sfm073 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:28 AM

    Kluwe I have the same views as you on gay rights, but as an nfl punter please go away. Nobody wants to hear this much about a punter.

  13. mypercyhurts2 says: Jan 25, 2014 10:53 AM

    Interesting things about Kluwe:
    – He was originally signed by the Seahawks, but stolen away by the Vikings at the last minute. Two sisters always going at it.
    – He wore number 5 until Donovan McNabb pressured him out of it. Did McNabb ever buy Kluwe that ice cream cone?

  14. deflateddome says: Jan 25, 2014 10:57 AM

    Former Vikings LB Ben Leber interviewed Kluwe on KFAN radio a few weeks back

    As Leber was asking him why he said this, and trying to tell him that the NFL wasn’t very fair to fairly for him as well…Kluwe said the following things

    “Ben, they never TOLD me they were going to draft a punter”

    “But Ben, They NEVER came to me and asked me to take a salary reduction”

    Kluwe was a 24th ranked punter that made 1.7 M per year. He used his status as an NFL player for a bully pulpit to lash out in four letter rants at those that dared to disagree with him.

    The interview reeked of sour grapes from an over entitled man child athlete that found that life is not fair for the first time in his life and is now throwing a spoiled child tantrum.

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 25, 2014 11:25 AM

    Zimmer is planning keeping Priefer as his special teams coordinator. That should tell you what the Vikings think about this whole thing. In your face, Kluwe!

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 25, 2014 11:34 AM

    So, THATS the coach they keep? This is Minneapolis, right?

  17. dcviking says: Jan 25, 2014 11:41 AM

    Yeah Carl — we don’t have AR on our team and we’re not called the Packers…any other questions.

  18. gb4mn0 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    Kluwe’s attitude of self-righteous indignation and entitlement matches up perfectly with the lavender Larry toads. Its no wonder they’re all coming to his defense.

  19. youngs79 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:59 AM

    That’s right Gerschmidt, that’s the coach they keep…. because he had Minnesota’s special teams No. 1, in the NFL, in both kick returns and punt returns. Look it up you dimwit.

  20. stellarperformance says: Jan 25, 2014 12:02 PM

    Kluwe did the right thing. I’m glad he spoke up. Minneapolis May be the SanFrancisco of the Midwest, but the level of tolerance displayed by the residents is the same as Kluwe described by the Viking coaches. That whole state thinks it is something special….and it is….if it were 1958.

  21. ariani1985 says: Jan 25, 2014 12:13 PM

    The only high light of his career is when he blind sided Charles Woodson and broke his collar bone. Otherwise a waste.

  22. harryaz8 says: Jan 25, 2014 12:17 PM

    If Priefer were fired, the “witnesses” might be more forthcoming in their statements of what went on. I can see, sometime down the road, Kluwe being vindicated, once the threat of Preifer is removed and the truth is simply Kluwe ws cut due to his salary, not football reasons or his social activism.

  23. whatjusthapped says: Jan 25, 2014 12:21 PM

    The Vikings were forced into this charade of appointing an independent investigator to look into these allegations largely because of the sexual orientation of a sizable percentage of the Viking fan base. They know there is nothing there but have to go thru the PC method of taking these charges seriously so as not to anger the fan base before they extract large sums of money in a scheme known as PSL’s.

  24. Ferdinand says: Jan 25, 2014 12:21 PM

    Does anyone really, REALLY think the ‘findings’ will be anything other than “inconclusive”?

  25. tigerlilac says: Jan 25, 2014 12:23 PM

    NFL Network just aired ‘A Football Life': Jerry Smith. Smith had a Hall-of-Fame caliber career but has not been enshrined. He is the only star ex-NFL player that, to my knowledge, came out after his career. Other lesser level players like David Kopay came out. Smith came out when he contracted HIV to help public awareness of the disease.

    Do the readers of this blog really believe the NFL Network would have aired Jerry Smith’s story if guys like Kluwe were not courageous enough to challenge the status quo? You might not like Kluwe but he is making a positive difference in the world. Can each of you say the same about yourselves?

  26. elliottcovert says: Jan 25, 2014 12:29 PM

    I believe that Kluwe is at worst lying and at best probably distorting the truth very, very heavily, but I have noticed one thing: while everyone on the Vikings so far has publicly backed Priefer, I haven’t heard anyone explicitly say that Priefer DID NOT say what Kluwe alleged th that he said.

    Some players have said that Priefer didn’t utter those comments IN THEIR PRESENCE but Kluwe claims that Priefer said some jaw-dropping things in the presence of other special teams players who should be able to easily verify whether or not he said those things in their presence. So far, all of the players have backed Priefer by saying generic things like “he’s a great coach, he’s a class act, etc.” They may be avoiding commenting on Kluwe’s allegations for legal reasons though, as I’m sure the Vikings lawyers have told them to withhold comment until they meet with investigators.

    I guess we’ll see, because if Kluwe is telling the truth (at least about the alleged comments made in the presence of other players) then they should be able to corroborate his version of events.

  27. happytwinsfan says: Jan 25, 2014 12:39 PM

    shortly after this started, i heard an interview with kluwe in which unprompted he said that he was well aware that if he was lying that he would be wide open to a slander lawsuit. then he said that he hoped that he would be sued so that he could prove the truth of what he was saying with the corroborative witness testimony he had lined up.

    although this does feel like there’s some attention seeking in his motivation, i believe him.

  28. movike says: Jan 25, 2014 1:19 PM

    I know I’m a dinosaur, but no one is allowed to say: “Who the hell cares?” If Kluwe were sent packing because of his beliefs, then that would be a problem, but even if that were true, it could never be proven …

    I think what this is about is that Kluwe was an average punter at best, making above average money, and the Vikings replaced him with similar performance from a younger guy, for less money, and a whole lot less pain in the arse. When Priefer was asked if he had spoken to Kluwe about the latest distraction (the stupid Ray Guy patch on his uniform, maybe?), his response was, “Nah. He don’t listen.” The coaches had just grown tired of Kluwe’s frequent attention-grabbing stunts, and, I’m sure, his arrogant I’m-smarter-than-all-of-you-so-shutup attitude.

    And now we’re ALL seeing that same attitude. Go away, already.

  29. stew48 says: Jan 25, 2014 1:37 PM

    Just checked Jerry Smith’s stats. Not HOF grade. Just a very good to excellent tight end.

  30. coffeeblack95616 says: Jan 25, 2014 2:09 PM

    Just remember that gay is always good and anyone who has any views or beliefs otherwise is always a bad person.
    With the media there is no tolerance for any other view, even as they claim to want to support tolerance.

  31. catquick says: Jan 25, 2014 2:29 PM

    Ka-fluie to screwy Kluwe

  32. purplepunisher says: Jan 25, 2014 3:04 PM

    I could careless if he said what Kluwe says he said. Kluwe voices his opinions in a very digusting abrasive way, why cant the coach do the same?

  33. tigerlilac says: Jan 25, 2014 3:36 PM

    The Hall of Fame tight-ends are:
    Dave Casper 1974-1984 Mike Ditka 1961-1972 John Mackey 1963-1972 Ozzie Newsome 1978-1990 Charlie Sanders 1968-1977 Shannon Sharpe 1990-2003 Jackie Smith 1963-1978 Kellen Winslow 1979-1987 –

    Jerry Smith (1965-1977) played in 168, with 421 receptions and 5496 yards. He scored 60 touchdowns.

    Ditka played in 158 games, had 427 receptions for 5,812 yards and scored 43 touchdowns.

    Looks to me that he had career stats equal or better than Dikta given how important touchdowns are to winning.

  34. rcali says: Jan 25, 2014 4:46 PM

    Maybe God dell should get rid of the extra point and the punt that way we don’t have to hear from these soccer players who think they are real football players.

  35. CKL says: Jan 25, 2014 5:42 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    Jan 25, 2014 12:23 PM
    NFL Network just aired ‘A Football Life’: Jerry Smith. Smith had a Hall-of-Fame caliber career but has not been enshrined. He is the only star ex-NFL player that, to my knowledge, came out after his career. Other lesser level players like David Kopay came out. Smith came out when he contracted HIV to help public awareness of the disease.

    Do the readers of this blog really believe the NFL Network would have aired Jerry Smith’s story if guys like Kluwe were not courageous enough to challenge the status quo? You might not like Kluwe but he is making a positive difference in the world. Can each of you say the same about yourselves?
    ________________________________
    First, I agree that gay people should have the exact same rights as straight people. That said, yes I do think they would have aired it (and it was a great show as is usual for NFL Films) without anyone like Kluwe being strident and self centered about his views. Since you watched it, you have to have noticed that though most of Smith’s teammates did not appear to approve of his lifestyle, they treated him with utter respect and love. Something Kluwe has never ever one time shown for anyone who opposed him. He shrieks and calls names like a 6 year old on the playground. Dignity and repect, look into it Kluwe.

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