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Kluwe investigation results coming next week

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This week, the Washington name controversy has stolen headlines from the sport of football.  Next week, although on a lesser scale, Chris Kluwe’s allegations against the Vikings will take center stage again.

According to Chris Tomasson and Seth Boster of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings expect to receive the results of an investigation conducted in the wake of Kluwe’s allegations that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic comments and that the Vikings cut Kluwe because of his support for gay rights.

Interviews conducted by outside lawyers occurred through June 13.  On Wednesday, Priefer said he has not been thinking about the situation.

“Yeah, it’s been one of those things,” Priefer said.  “I come to work every morning, I’m excited about the direction of this football team, I really like our coaching staff, I’m excited about our new players, I’m excited about the guys we retained, that came back.  So my focus has been totally on football.”

New coach Mike Zimmer opted to keep Priefer despite the accusations from Kluwe, who has threatened to file suit against the Vikings if the matter ultimately is swept under the rug.

Signed by the Raiders after being released by Minnesota, Oakland opted to give the job to Marquette King.  Kluwe wasn’t signed by any other team last year, and by all appearances his NFL career has ended.

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23 Responses to “Kluwe investigation results coming next week”
  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 19, 2014 10:20 AM

    Sure took a long time to interview 4 people…

  2. thepftpoet says: Jun 19, 2014 10:28 AM

    People like Chris Kluwe are the perfect example of what’s wrong with today’s society.

  3. thepftpoet says: Jun 19, 2014 10:29 AM

    So by Chris Kluwe’s logic.

    Everyone should be accepting of his view’s and follow them.

    But if someone has a different view of him, they should be punished?

    Sounds a little hypocritical to me.

  4. lbroberts123 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:32 AM

    Good. It’s about time tho stupid saga will be over. Hopefully he’ll fade out of the news, but of course he’ll reinsert himself later to be relevant again.

  5. ariani1985 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:33 AM

    Can they bribe him with fake stock? Oh wait our state doesn’t rely on public welfare, we have the Wilfs , real owners!

  6. thepftpoet says: Jun 19, 2014 10:35 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings Legacy is above yours.

    18 Divisional Titles.
    The Best Fans in the NFL.
    The Most Classy Players.


  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 19, 2014 10:35 AM

    Well so far it’s better than saying he kept Priefer despite not making the playoffs this year. It’s nice to hear Priefer is so focused on football, can you imagine what things would be like if all the players could say they were happy and focused? I know it’s describing a paradox, but theoretically it’s interesting to think about.

  8. crapsandviche says: Jun 19, 2014 10:39 AM

    I hope the outcome goes against Chris Kluwe, that way I can sit back and watch as he blows his cash trying to sue them in court.

    But, he’ll probably then go on to sue the NFL for a concussion or something later on….

  9. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 19, 2014 11:05 AM

    Obviously a horrible, shady organization like the Minnesota Vikings will find no wrongdoing on their part, even though everyone knows all the accusations are true.


  10. 13x Offseason World Champions says: Jun 19, 2014 11:08 AM

    The Wilfs screwed their business partners out of over $100M, I don’t think they are going to have any problems with screwing over Kluwe.

  11. fwippel says: Jun 19, 2014 11:16 AM

    Kluwe has no case, and he knows it. He was cut for a cheaper, younger punter that cost the Vikings $1 million less.

    As for Priefer, Zimmer could have chosen any special teams coach he wanted as the new HC, and he chose to keep Priefer. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Priefer isn’t going anywhere.

    Kluwe has always been outspoken about everything. It would require a willing suspension of disbelief to think that he would have kept quiet about comments like those he claims Priefer made. Not buying it.

  12. dethsupport says: Jun 19, 2014 11:17 AM

    I wish I had Aaron Rodger’s beard.

  13. posmoo says: Jun 19, 2014 11:22 AM


  14. pleazenufalready says: Jun 19, 2014 11:56 AM

    Kluwe was cut because he started to suck…..and 31 other teams agree with assessment

  15. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 19, 2014 12:05 PM

    Mike Priefer has been a class act for years. Kluwe, not so much. Looking forward to seeing the report.

  16. stellarperformance says: Jun 19, 2014 12:31 PM

    I admire Kluwe for being in a national position of influence and speaking up for those that have none. He should be applauded, not mocked. (But it is Minnesota…….and to think they have all those tall buildings!)

  17. CKL says: Jun 19, 2014 1:42 PM

    I love Zimmer. One reason is he will tell people to bleep off if they don’t like his decisions. What I don’t get is how we are supposed to withhold judgment and action on a drunk driver who kills his friend, but it sounds like it would have been ok with the writer of this piece if Priefer had not been retained by Zimmer due to mere accusations by a disgruntled player. I worked in personnel at a major company for a long time and having seen many good people get railroaded out of jobs while scum kept theirs due to bogus PC related accusations and lawsuit fear, all I can say is thank goodness for a strong tough guy like Zimmer who will not be railroaded by PC nation.

  18. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 19, 2014 1:47 PM

    Kluwe always represented the vikings with the class such an organization deserved.

    He is one of the classy players, pftpoet mentions.

    He may not get his name in the vikings “ring of honor” when it is built, but will always be well received on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis.

  19. seals1 says: Jun 19, 2014 5:40 PM

    It’s ok for Kluwe attack anyone he wants but if someone disagrees with him it’s time to get a lawyer. Plays with dolls in the locker room. Can you cut an NFL player for that. Or how about kicking it Hester when nobody on the field could stop him.

    Kluwe,,,,,,,,,,you are clown no matter how this plays out.

  20. sonofad says: Jun 19, 2014 5:51 PM

    What a disgraceful franchise. Too bad fans can’t sue them for sucking.

  21. Ferdinand says: Jun 19, 2014 6:18 PM

    Like there is any chance at all the ‘investigation’ is going to find even the slightest fault of the team beyond possibly ‘ a bad word choice’. . . .

  22. purpleguy says: Jun 19, 2014 7:12 PM

    There are only two things that can be guaranteed with respect to this investigation: (1) Cheesers will use the result as a basis to bash the Vikings (yea, I know not exactly Nostradamus-like); and (2) Kluwe will use it as a platform to vigorously expand his myopic position.

  23. sparky151 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:08 PM

    What’s to investigate? Even if Priefer made anti-gay remarks and Kluwe was cut due to his support for same-sex marriage, that’s perfectly legal. The Vikings are free to punish or even fire Priefer if they disagree with his remarks, just as they are with Kluwe. Minnesota or perhaps Minneapolis may have local anti-discrimination laws that cover sexual orientation but they wouldn’t apply to Kluwe, who is straight.

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