Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is still considering a lawsuit against the Vikings, who he says cut him in part because he advocated for gay marriage.
Kluwe says Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic comments and created a hostile environment for him after Kluwe began publicly supporting gay causes.
“It would obviously be wrongful termination,” Kluwe told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “A direct supervisor made homophobic remarks repeatedly, and it was an atmosphere that was not conducive to a good working environment, and I ended up getting fired from the team despite the fact that my performance [in 2012] had been as good as the previous years.”
Although previous reports indicated Kluwe would need to file any such lawsuit by May 6 because of a one-year statue of limitations from the date the Vikings released him, both sides have agreed that Kluwe does not need to file his lawsuit until the Vikings complete their investigation of his allegations against Priefer.
If Kluwe does sue, he says it would be for “quite a bit” of money, but he’s not doing this to enrich himself.
“Every single penny I would donate to LGBT charities,” he said. “It’s not about me getting the money; it’s about showing the NFL you can’t do this.”
Kluwe spent training camp with the Raiders after the Vikings cut him, but he has been out of the NFL since he was cut by the Raiders at the end of the 2013 preseason.