Vikings contend no promises were made or broken to Kluwe

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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe claims that the team promised to release publicly the report generated by the investigation regarding Kluwe’s allegations of homophobic comments and that he was cut because of his activism for gay-rights.  The Vikings say they made no such promises.

“[Lawyers Eric] Magnuson, [Chris] Madel and others spent nearly six months conducting an exhaustive investigation,” the Vikings said in a statement posted on the team’s website.  “After the Vikings were given the investigative materials from Magnuson and Madel, in order to further maintain objectivity and integrity, the team engaged a nationally-prominent law firm in employment matters — Littler Mendelson P.C. — to evaluate employment law matters and provide findings and recommendations to the Vikings. Those recommendations are to be provided to the team this week.”

(Actually, Littler Mendelson P.C. is a prominent law firm that represents the interests of management in employment matters.  Their analysis undoubtedly will be influenced by that perspective.)

“As Magnuson and Madel confirmed today, the Vikings have never made or broken promises as Kluwe and his attorney Clayton Halunen have claimed,” the Vikings added in their online statement.  “The Vikings have also never engaged in the various comments that Kluwe and [his lawyer] have provided to the media over the past six months.  This Thursday, July 17, the team has a meeting scheduled between [Kluwe’s lawyer] and Vikings attorneys to discuss next steps.”

A separate statement released apparently by a P.R. firm retained by the lawyers hired to conduct the investigation echoes that position.
“Chris Madel, Eric Magnuson, and Jennifer Robbins of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. met with Chris Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, July 14 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the status of the independent investigation and to arrange a meeting between Halunen and Vikings representatives for Thursday, July 17 to continue that discussion,” Jaffe P.R. said in an email sent to PFT.  “At no time during the July 14 meeting did Madel, Magnuson, or Robbins tell Halunen that the Vikings ‘would not provide a copy of the report to either Kluwe or the public’ as Halunen’s press release of this morning states.  At the meeting, Halunen agreed to meet with Vikings representatives on Thursday, and that meeting is still scheduled.  It is anticipated that issues relating to the investigation will be discussed at that meeting.”

With Kluwe committed to suing the Vikings, the Thursday meeting may not matter.  Whether the lawsuit actually happens could hinge largely on the outcome of the conversation between Kluwe’s lawyer and the Vikings’ lawyers — especially if the Vikings lawyers show Kluwe’s lawyer a little bit of the sword that will be wielded if/when Kluwe decided to go through with his plan to file a civil complaint.

101 responses to “Vikings contend no promises were made or broken to Kluwe

  1. “The Minnesota Vikings contend”

    That should be the key part in the article.

    We always contend.

    Year in and year out.

    We succeed.

    We win games.

    Our history is rich.

    The most historic franchise in sports – we take it to heart.

    Anyone who recognizes greatness.

    Should fully realize this.

  2. Interesting how the team that picked up Josh Freeman and his disappearing “NFL investigation” into the illegal release of his medical records says it did nothing wrong.

    Tampa Bay and the glazers may be the real assassins… but… the successful assassins always need an alibi or false witness.

  3. Just legal BS.

    It may not be documented, but a verbal promise is a promise. And if there’s no evidence that’s one thing, but you can’t prove that somebody didn’t make a verbal promise. For the legal firm to state it as a fact of the universal record that no such verbal promise was ever broken is just illogical. There is no practical way for them to be sure they are stating the truth. The only way they can “confirm” it is by believing the word of another, and as we all know, sometimes people lie. Thus, there can’t possibly be a foolproof confirmation.

    So I think the Vikings are hiding something based upon the technical shortcomings of this lawyer’s statement. I’m more interested in this case than I was just 5 minutes ago thanks to the Vikings’ legal team. Maybe Kluwe is onto something big!

  4. Wait a minute, Kluwe and his attorney jumping the gun and resorting to widespread media hyperbole? Never.

  5. I never even heard of this guy before all this so I assume he was not an elite punter. Having an elite punter or place kicker is invaluable but unless you are elite, you can be cut at any time if for no other reason than a team just trying to change kickers and see if special teams can get better. If you cause any kind of distractions or other off field issues you are guaranteed to be cut. Kickers should be seen, making great kicks, not heard.

  6. One more thing, and I apologize in advance for yelling: EMPLOYMENT INVESTIGATIONS OFTEN MUST BE CONFIDENTIAL UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW. The Vikes probably aren’t trying to hide anything, but without consent of Priefer or the participants, can’t disclose the investigation for fear of other litigation.

  7. The vikings are really scared.

    The report will come out eventually, yet they cling to their fear and will not release the investigation.

    It must really be bad and a cover up will only make it a larger scandal. Don’t they remember Watergate?

    Put the truth out there and get it over with instead having the scandal grow over time.

  8. twonis says:
    Jul 15, 2014 12:22 PM
    Cue the circus music….
    —-
    This is not a Packers practice.

  9. Kluwe lives for the spotlight. He can’t handle being a nobody and latches on to anything that will get him into the limelight. Go away Mr Kluwe…nobody cares about all of your supposed interest in these different groups.

  10. The Vikings have a better chance of winning SB XLIV than Kluwe has of ever seeing that report. The law firm and Vikings will claim the report is atty/client privileged communication.

  11. Everyone with the sphere of influence of the Minnesota Vikings appears to be completely delusional.

    Honestly, I hope the Vikings win the next Superbowl. You brains will explode and the world will be rid of you.

  12. thepftpoet says:
    Jul 15, 2014 12:20 PM

    The most historic franchise in sports without a championship. That’s impressive.

  13. The Vikings are a classless organization for many reasons but I have to confess, this is not one of them.

    Taken in context, Love Boat, Whizinator, head coach scalping his Superbowl tickets, and head coach and front office management sexually harassing their female employees are all much worse.

    Kluwe is only demonstrating the critical lack of thinking skills that seems to be the norm in the Twin Cities. Notice the fan base predicting a Superbowl or Bridgewater’s pending induction into the Hall of Fame and you could reasonably conclude its the drinking water.

  14. Kluwe’s gonna get crushed in this. I hope for his sake he has a LOT of money put away… and some marketable skill other than punting.

  15. Breaking News: The Vikings have settled out of court to Kluwe for their trophy case and all it’s contents. It’s reportedly an IKEA STOCKHOLM case still in the box.

  16. They never broke any promises. Well, except for the contract they decided not to honor when they cut him.

  17. I said this on the other tread as well, but the Vikings would be the first ones to publish the report if there was no evidence of Kluwe’s claims. The fact that they are withholding the results should say loud and clear that there was some sort of untoward actions taken by either the coaching staff, organization, or all of the above.

    The Vikings silence speaks volumes.

  18. Time for Kluwe to shut up and go home. His 15 minutes of fame are up.

    He certainly can’t claim wrongful termination; he had a bad year in 2012 and was released because of that, and his $1.5 million salary he was scheduled to make in 2013. Ryan Longwell was released in 2012 for exactly the same reasons.

    If Kluwe’s claims against Preifer are legit, why didn’t he file a grievance with the NFLPA at the time this “incident” happened? Kluwe has never kept quiet about anything, but now we’re supposed to believe that he didn’t report this incident because he was afraid of repercussions? Not buying it.

    In the meantime, Kluwe has publicly made himself look very spiteful. He has called members of the Vikings liars, bigots and cowards, while all along, the Vikings and their staff have refrained from name-calling, and maintained a classy stance.

    Let Kluwe sue. He’ll be wasting his time and money.

  19. Kluwe was the best player on their team for years. This is how they treat their superstars? …………………………………..

    The Packers need to ask Favre the same question…

  20. The vikings will have to pay kluwe something in this case because they know they are in the wrong and to all of u stupid viking fans who say yall are a great franchise i say get a franchise QB first

  21. Sounds like Kluwe is yelling as loud as he can about suing in an effort to (a) make the Vikings look bad, (b) keep his name in the news, and (c) get a settlement. If the truth is on your side, why not let the process play out?

  22. Why is Kluwe the only individual who said this about the organization? Why is nobody backing him up? Is everyone else on the Vikings staff and team bigots and cowards as well?
    I guess in Kluwe’s mind and the minds of every other junior high football player, when you get cut by a team, you start making excuses and name calling.

  23. They never broke any promises. Well, except for the contract they decided not to honor when they cut him.
    _____

    That’s the funny thing. All NFL contracts obviously contain language stating that the contract can be voided by the team at any time for any reason. What can he sue for?

  24. I want to shake priefers hand. Dude graduated from West Point and we got this hippy talking trash. Cut your hair take a bath grow some thick skin. Kris Kluwe you are sensitive like a woman.

  25. Keep in mind that NBA owner has just been defrocked for comments about African Americans. If the bigotry goes to the top in the organization and they are on record who knows what kind of repercussions could come from the NFL front office.

    The organizations word is no longer the issue, as it is clear that they lied. Now it is a matter of not convicting themselves with their own investigation.

    Their tactic will likely be to make Kluwe look as bad as possible publicly, but privately work on a settlement. The report would certainly be subject to discovery in a law suit. They will give up a lot to keep it secret at this point.

  26. Kluwe was nothing special, and that is why he was cut. I am sure he was not missed due to his press relations and 2012 performance. There is a reason no other team picked him up.

  27. “Kluwe was the best player on their team for years. This is how they treat their superstars?”

    …. RIiiiight because the way you guys have treated Favre has been so admirable.

  28. But they hurt his feelings! His gosh darn feelings! Surely there is some monetary compensation for ones feelings.

  29. Why doesn’t Kluwe just come out of the closet and get it over with?

    His wife already knows he swings either way…..

  30. So an owner of an NBA team makes derogatory comments in the privacy of his own home, and is now subject to a trial where he stands to lose his private property. While in Minnesota, a coach, i.e. team employee, makes derogatory comments at the workplace, and continues to keep his job.

    Smells like hypocrisy…

  31. For the people who say the Vikings are scared, remember that all they had to do was fire Preifer a few months ago and presto problem solved. It can’t be that hard to get a new special team coach. This is more about what Kluwe wants than anything else.

    Please go away Kris.

  32. Irrelevant lawsuit from an irrelevant human being. He made his living by drop kicking a ball…a concept my 3 year old can clearly grasp. And now he can’t even do that anymore. Must be frustrating….

  33. The Vikings and Kluwe have already spent enough money to feed an entire city in Haiti for a decade on this idiocy. And all this is because Kluwe has totally unsubstantiated claims that the Vikings got mad about his advocacy. Kluwe is a victim looking for a crime. If the dude could punt he would have never been released. Michael Vick’s hobby was canine Bloodsport but he still found a job. This Political Correctness crap for professional victims is ridiculous. Just donate the money to feed starving people in Haiti and then call it a day. This PC crap needs to stop.

  34. Newsflash to Kluwe– you were not replaced because of your personal views. You were replaced by a player that could do your job alot cheaper.

    If they were to have fired you for your views– They would have done it much, much, sooner.

    Klown!

  35. “Cue the circus music…”
    ————-

    Then top it off with a good helping of the Benny Hill theme song.

  36. Kluwe is giving voice to every employee of any organization that has ever been subjected to threats, bullying, intimidation, verbal harassment…..and lying.

    He should have everyone’s support. This isn’t about being politically correct. It’s about an EMPLOYER treating people respectfully.

    Its 2014. Wake up. Way too many Minneanderthals commenting.

  37. Kluwe was so good that he went to Oakland and failed to beat out a rookie for the job.

    Employers are not allowed to disclose information from these types of investigations. Keep in mind that Mr. Kluwe is not the only one involved in this investigation and current employee, Mr. Pfiefer deserves the same protection that any other individual would get under the law.

    To the maroon who thinks the Vikings have to prove they didn’t make a promise to Mr. Kluwe… let me know when you can figure out how anyone proves that something didn’t happen when no one has proof that it did.

  38. locke is the better punter for less money go figure why they fired you if you can punt better than another nfl teams punter for less money then you might have a job

  39. Sheesh…At least the vikings have some kind of history..Unlike the Seahags..fan base established 2011..

  40. Viks are just waiting until they get advice from their lawyers before deciding how to respond. Can’t necessarily blame them for that. This ends one of two ways:

    Scenario A: Vikes write a big fat check to Kluwe and he turns it over the LBGT. Report stays private.
    Scenario B: Vikes don’t write a big fat check to Kluwe, Kluwe sues, SC report is turned over the Halunen as part of the discovery process, Halunen makes it public, vikes are embarrassed and have heaps of public scorn placed upon them.

    I’m hoping for Scenario B.

  41. The precedent would be that any player who is cut or is not resigned, could sue their former club, over an alleged “verbal” agreement. Yeah, that’s definitely a good thing. Not.

  42. On what planet does this moron Kluwe and his lawyer think that ANY place of business will give you a copy of the investigation into other employees. By law the Vikings cannot give him a copy of the investigation into another employee’s conduct. Kluwe at this point is is just attention whoring.

  43. BTW, Florio, you’re a lawyer, why haven’t you weighed in on the legal aspects of the release of the report? Come on man, get some coffee and get going!

  44. Viking press release:
    The Minnesota Vikings never promised Chris Kluwe a Super Bowl ring.
    And clearly even if they did, no rational person would have believed such a promise.

  45. Chris Kluwe’s heart and efforts were more into gay causes than his NFL career. That’s why his job performance suffered. I can’t begrudge him for following his heart. But if he chose to put his efforts towards the cause that does not pay him, he needs to accept that it was his decision and find another way to make a living.

  46. Yeah, I’m sure a few penned opinion articles about gay rights TOTALLY derailed his career. LMAO Only in SKOLOLOL land!

    They guy’s net average was the same as his career average and his gross average was right in the middle of the NFL.

  47. contra74 says:
    Jul 15, 2014 12:44 PM
    twonis says:
    Jul 15, 2014 12:22 PM
    Cue the circus music….
    —-
    This is not a Packers practice.

    —-

    Proof that Contra and Ariani are the same person.

  48. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 15, 2014 4:21 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure a few penned opinion articles about gay rights TOTALLY derailed his career. LMAO Only in SKOLOLOL land!

    They guy’s net average was the same as his career average and his gross average was right in the middle of the NFL

    bridgeh20:

    Wow, how abundantly “insightful” you are!

    Due to his “averageness”, why in the world would we pay a few million for that??

    We decided to pay $400k for a rookie and a livelier leg, and saved over $1million.

    Nobody talks about Kluew being relunctant to work with Pfiefer on punting technique/strategies. He wouldn’t listen……then his abilities rewarded.

    He was cut, and NOBODY else, including the packers, wanted this “gifted, average,” punter.

    Game over Kluwe…..go ahead and sue the Vikes, and I hope they counter sue you to the gills!!!!!

  49. stellarperformance says: Jul 15, 2014 2:26 PM

    Kluwe is giving voice to every employee of any organization that has ever been subjected to threats, bullying, intimidation, verbal harassment…..and lying.

    He should have everyone’s support. This isn’t about being politically correct. It’s about an EMPLOYER treating people respectfully.

    Its 2014. Wake up. Way too many Minneanderthals commenting.

    bridgeh2o:

    OR, it could be manipulation by a distraught ex employee looking for a money grab, hiding behind a social cause.

    It could be that…..

  50. The challenge has been issued to every investigative reporter in the country to get a copy of that investigation.

    This current viking scandal is just getting started.

    Did these fools learn nothing from the Criminal Cruise scandal or the lengthy steroid masking scandal, or the lawsuits over the training camp death of a player?

    Hiding the investigation only makes the vikings look worse. When they behave so badly to hide their bad behavior as verified by an independent investigation, the cover up will compound the perception of the vikings being an out of control employer again.

    When the gay rights activists finally read the investigation, there will be a huge furor directed the toward the vikings.

    Who knows what the final results of fallout of the scandal cover up on the NFL not just the vikings.

  51. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    Kluwe was the best player on their team for years. This is how they treat their superstars?

    bridgeh2o says:

    Uhhh……really?

    Favre was arguably the best packer……..ever.

    And let’s see, there was a certain coach…..what was his name……oh, LOMBARDI, who the packers ran out of town!!!!!

    Thanks for the reminder of classless moves!!!!!

  52. SKOLOLOL !! Kluwe’s career average was one of the top in the NFL over his career. He had one category where he was in the middle of the pack which was a down year and the other category was at his career average which was very high. Yet somehow that makes him a bad punter worthy of getting cut for.

    Part of the problem with his net average also had to do with a bunch of crappy special teams play by horrible players that the Vikings had that year.

  53. Remember, the Vikings knew about everything that happened months ago. They didn’t need an investigation to figure it out. They hired a new head coach and that coach decided to retain Priefer. If they knew this investigation was going to be a problem for them, they would have cut Priefer loose and nobody bats an eye. The fact that they stood behind Priefer leads me to believe that this report can’t be that damaging.

  54. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 15, 2014 5:37 PM

    The challenge has been issued to every investigative reporter in the country to get a copy of that investigation.

    This current viking scandal is just getting started.

    Did these fools learn nothing from the Criminal Cruise scandal or the lengthy steroid masking scandal, or the lawsuits over the training camp death of a player?

    Hiding the investigation only makes the vikings look worse. When they behave so badly to hide their bad behavior as verified by an independent investigation, the cover up will compound the perception of the vikings being an out of control employer again.

    When the gay rights activists finally read the investigation, there will be a huge furor directed the toward the vikings.

    Who knows what the final results of fallout of the scandal cover up on the NFL not just the vikings.

    ——————–

    Ah Packer fans, the slowest of the slow.

    One last time for the sub 50 IQs

    Whether the report shows wrong doing or completely exonerates everyone involved, there is one simple reason why the Vikings cannot and will not share it at this time:

    It is against MN employment law.

  55. You absolutely know that this narcissistic and average (at best) punter is reading these posts 3 or 4 times. Then he refreshes and reads them again. What a loser. Put that capitol “L” on your forehead loser, because everyone knows what you are.
    Life is so easy. All you have to do is believe the opposite of what a typical left-wing loon like Kluwe believes and you’d do well in life.

  56. Losing battle, Kluwe. Sorry. You were let go because you were very average and the Vikings could obtain a better punter for less money. Simple economics.
    That is going to be VERY easy to prove, in any court of law.

  57. he brought his friggin dolls with him,,,,,,,,,,,we are going to be the laughing stock of the league.

    I have a few things that I’d like to sell,,,,,,,,,,the training table, the zamboni,,,,,,,,,,,,,,errrr,,,,,close the door!!

  58. This guy is like a turd that refuses to go down the toilet to be with the other turds.

  59. Kluwe was released because he kept asking to take his snaps from directly under the center.

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