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.