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Kluwe explains suit is coming after settlement talks fizzled

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On Friday afternoon, former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe made it clear that something will be happening in his lingering dispute with the Vikings, but that no details will be provided until next week.  Kluwe then proceeded to provide details to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Per Tomasson, Kluwe said that suit definitely will be filed after settlement talks between his lawyer and the team disintegrated.

Kluwe’s terms included a four-to-eight-game suspension for special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who allegedly made homophobic remarks in Kluwe’s presence.  Kluwe claims that Priefer admitted to making certain comments while being questioned for a third time — and after learning that corroborating evidence existed.

Tomasson also reports that Kluwe wanted the team to donate $1 million to gay and lesbian support groups.  The Vikings declined both requests, offering to donate only $100,000.

Kluwe further contends the Vikings continue to refuse to make the report of the investigation public.  He said that the case could be in court as soon as Monday morning.At one point on Friday, the Vikings were expected to issue a statement on the situation.  That hasn’t happened, possibly because of Kluwe’s comments on Twitter and to Tomasson.

Meanwhile, Kluwe’s lawyer says that the the player will “sue for the works,” and that the damages claim will exceed $10 million.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 18, 2014 6:03 PM

    Punters and Kickers are a waste of space on Football rosters. I could come in there tommorow on any team in the Professional Football Circuit not named the Redskins and win the job at either of those positions!!!

  2. lightninhopkins says: Jul 18, 2014 6:08 PM

    Priefer should be fired. He lied to the team twice to cover up his actions. Get him out.

  3. gayforbrady says: Jul 18, 2014 6:14 PM

    Not a kluwe fan. But NFL better settle this case.

  4. abninf says: Jul 18, 2014 6:16 PM

    I wouldn’t settle anything with this clown.

  5. knew8411 says: Jul 18, 2014 6:20 PM

    While I applaud his passion for his causes, I really suspect that this is about Kluwe losing his job as a punter & trying to get some money out of the deal.
    I’m sure you’d have more support & just came out & told the truth.
    Forcing anyone to donate money to a cause or causes that they may not be as pumped about as others are wont endeer that individual to the casue.

  6. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 18, 2014 6:25 PM

    Mike Priefer served six years in the Navy. Chris Kluwe served six years playing Guitar Hero. Without men like Mike Priefer, Chris Kluwe would not be able to advocate for any of his PC causes. Kluwe should be thanking Priefer for his service, not suing him.

  7. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 18, 2014 6:27 PM

    I’d like to know if the people interviewed for the report were told that everything they said would be released to the public. I have a feeling they were probably promised anonymity in exchange for candid responses.

  8. cwwgk says: Jul 18, 2014 6:28 PM

    This is going to run the same course as Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against the NFL. Chest pounding, declaration of victory, equating the NFL with Satan, etc. Then Mr. Kluwe will go into an actual courtroom. Where the law is applied to the facts. The judge will review the case and dismiss it for failing to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Otherwise known as granting a motion to dismiss. Just like Vilma got thrown out of federal court because he had no case against the NFL. Despite his loud proclamations to the contrary.

  9. scoboscobs says: Jul 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    I can’t wait to see this tough guy get laughed at in the court room.

  10. davikes says: Jul 18, 2014 6:38 PM

    Willing to be that the Vikings lawyers are better than Kluwes’. At this point it just looks like Kluwe is trying to blackmail the Vikes and it isn’t working.

  11. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 18, 2014 6:39 PM

    How does Kluwe know what’s in the report if he’s complaining that he didn’t get the report?

  12. davikes says: Jul 18, 2014 6:40 PM

    LOL. He’s going to ask for $10M from a court in MN. Bet he’s not asking for a jury trial.

  13. folkcrusader says: Jul 18, 2014 6:41 PM

    The suspension might hurt, but a $1 million dollar donation is quite reasonable. It just reduces the Wilf’s tax payment.

    Defending a coach that will lie about something like this will come to no good.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 18, 2014 6:46 PM

    I think the discovery phase of this suit is going to be very interesting

  15. favrelous says: Jul 18, 2014 6:56 PM

    If kluwe was still a good punter he would still be playing. Since he is not gay how could anti gay comments really hurt him in a wY that would be worth damages.

    Dude is a tool.

  16. NoWearMan says: Jul 18, 2014 6:58 PM

    Kluwe……what a flippin’ sam.

  17. letmesetyoustraight says: Jul 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    I’m bad punter hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore… Oh wait

    Kluwe, your 15 minutes are up.

  18. JSpicoli says: Jul 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    Blowhard shakedown artist

  19. mrtevytev says: Jul 18, 2014 7:08 PM

    This guy is annoying. He’s like someone you get into a car accident with and everyone is fine at the scene, Then months later you’re being sued for all types of injuries, damages, medical bills etc. Just go away.

  20. coleman121280 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    This is ridiculous, its a locker room environment with alpha males running their mouth cause that’s the culture of football. If Kluwe’s attorney’s force the Minnesota Vikings through litigation to donate a million dollars to a cause that not everyone supports is borderline extortion. Why didnt the juggernaut of social liberty beat his chest the moment it happened? Prob b/c he wasnt the beacon of social liberty as he projected himself to be as long as he was being paid. The LGBT issue should have nothing to do with Kluwe’s lawsuit as his production on the field should highlight his failure to continue his NFL career.

  21. officialgame says: Jul 18, 2014 7:17 PM

    Some guys just can’t accept the fact they are no longer needed because they suck.

  22. funkdiezel says: Jul 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    I cannot stand this guy…go play in your band and just go away!! You were a good punter 4 years ago, the Vikings cut you because a rookie beat you out!! You weren’t even good enough to make the raiders. Shut up and just know you’ll never be in the nfl again!

  23. robert831 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:24 PM

    I agree with folkcrusader. $1 million dollar donation is very reasonable, and just reduces the Wilf’s tax payment. Make the donation, come out looking like the good guy in public relations, the whole things goes away and doesn’t cost you a cent.

  24. honalulublue says: Jul 18, 2014 7:25 PM

    Kluwe, even the fellas that are light in their loafers are getting sick of ya!

  25. gtodriver says: Jul 18, 2014 7:26 PM

    folkcrusader says:

    The suspension might hurt, but a $1 million dollar donation is quite reasonable. It just reduces the Wilf’s tax payment.
    ________________

    What makes it reasonable?

    If the Wilf’s donated $1,000,000.00 – it doesn’t reduce their tax bill by $1,000,000.00.

    It sounds like they offered $100,000.00 for Kluwe to just go away. Kluwe should have tucked his tail between his legs and accepted that.

    His precious gay and lesbian support groups aren’t going to get anything now.

    And Kluwe can sue for $10 mil if he wants to – but he’s not going to get anything because he didn’t incur any losses.

  26. bhlobos says: Jul 18, 2014 7:36 PM

    NoWearMan says: Jul 18, 2014 6:58 PM
    Kluwe……what a flippin’ sam.
    ————————————

    You’re an idiot…

  27. TurtleBoySports says: Jul 18, 2014 7:39 PM

    Remember when he equated the Redskins team name to the Holocaust? I do. http://turtleboysports.com/2014/05/29/unemployed-punter-chris-kluwe-just-equated-washington-redskins-name-to-holocaust-pride/

  28. banky74 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:43 PM

    There’s a small part of me that understands where Kluwe is coming from. I’m pro gay rights and Priefer seems like an utter jerk.

    There’s a bigger part of me that really dislikes Kluwe.

    I think there’s a lot of wisdom in keeping one’s opinions to themselves when you’re in the public eye. You have a right to free speech but your employer has a right to end your employment if they don’t like what you’re saying. I’m very opinionated politically and have a reasonably popular blog, but it is completely anonymous even though I’m not in the public eye because I don’t want my company to deal with any fallout from my opinions.

    I’ve met a dozen guys like Kluwe. Hipster idealists that believe in their heart of hearts that they have everything figured out and anyone that doesn’t agree with them is a complete idiot. They’ll go on a crusade if they feel wronged, just to prove that they’re right.

    Chris, you don’t get to dictate how and to what degree they punish another employee. And you sure as hell weren’t “damaged” by the Vikings to the tune of either ten million dollars or ten dollars. You got lazy so your skills declined and you were a PITA on top of it so you were let go.

    At this point I just wish you’d go away.

  29. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 18, 2014 7:46 PM

    What ironic is that he has been outspoken since he joined the Vikings and every poster was all supportive and now that he speaks out about a bigoted coach he was always a waste, a big mouth etc. hypocrites much?

  30. ragnarthegreat says: Jul 18, 2014 7:50 PM

    holy cow, in the name of his injured sensitivities Kluwe wants us to abolish freedom of speech. I know many of these guys don’t get much out of their college education, but this is pretty clueless. This isn’t about whether you are outraged by Preifer’s remarks, none of us heard them, but several of you are. This is about if Preifer has the right to free speech, which he does, and if anyone was harmed as a result and no one was. No case, no news, call it a day.

  31. mcconne77 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:52 PM

    I’m offended. Who can I sue?

  32. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 18, 2014 8:15 PM

    The vikings are headed for a public relations disaster. There is a large gay population in Minneapolis that will be upset with the local NFL franchise.

    Only 100K offered.

    This is going to drag out for months to years. Through the discovery process the investigation will become public. Each new development will have the vikings looking worse and worse.

    Then again all their other scandals haven’t shamed management and ownership.

  33. stellarperformance says: Jul 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says:
    Jul 18, 2014 6:39 PM
    How does Kluwe know what’s in the report if he’s complaining that he didn’t get the report?
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////

    He was there.

  34. dkalev says: Jul 18, 2014 8:24 PM

    Donate to a rights group? How about the hungry or sick? Yknow, people who actually need help? Kluwe you utter waste of space

  35. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jul 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    All of the people on here saying he’s doing it for the money are exposing themselves as uninformed and ridiculous.

    Kluwe has already announced that every single dime he wins would be donated to charity.

  36. cfballfan1 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:31 PM

    Banky74- thanks for a little perspective.

    Tools will be tools – regardless of politics or persuasion.

  37. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jul 18, 2014 8:32 PM

    Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says:
    Jul 18, 2014 6:25 PM
    Mike Priefer served six years in the Navy.

    So what? Do you know how he passed those six years? Did he actually put his life on the line defending freedom or did he fix boats on the great lakes?

    Enough of the automatic hero worship of anyone who ever was in the armed forces. I know people who served 4 years without ever leaving New Jersey.

  38. prosportsattorney says: Jul 18, 2014 9:16 PM

    Sexual Harassment in Minnesota (Minn. Stat. § 363A.03, subd. 43):

    Sexual harassment. “Sexual harassment” includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:

    (3)…creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, public accommodations, public services, educational, or housing environment.

  39. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:53 PM

    Kluwe is a hypocrite. He is suing because he was offended by some comments made by an assistant coach, yet he made offensive comments about the penn state scandal to another assistant coach, comments I would consider just as offensive as the one preifer made, and yet, why isn’t that coach suing the Vikings? Oh I know why! Because this coach understands what a joke is and when comments are made in jest.

  40. pkrlvr says: Jul 19, 2014 12:36 AM

    Tinyhands, let me get this straight; this guy is an obvious bigot who suggested we Auschwitz all the gays and uses religion to justify it, but because he served in the military all is forgiven? Lol, now I have a little more insight into your crazy packer posts. Not that I’m a Kluwe fan….still not sure on what grounds Kluwe’s even suing.

  41. wfi801 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:47 AM

    When is this clown going away? It’s pretty obvious this is nothing but a money grab. No one will hire him now, he’s too much of a headache.

  42. skolvikes says: Jul 19, 2014 1:53 AM

    robert831 says: Jul 18, 2014 7:24 PM

    I agree with folkcrusader. $1 million dollar donation is very reasonable, and just reduces the Wilf’s tax payment. Make the donation, come out looking like the good guy in public relations, the whole things goes away and doesn’t cost you a cent.

    ———————————-

    So what you’re saying is that extortion is okay?

  43. therealhardt says: Jul 19, 2014 2:04 AM

    I hope the Vikings/NFL are able to recover court costs from kluwe once he loses his lawsuit…seems only fair for wasting their time.

  44. bengalskuta82 says: Jul 19, 2014 7:16 AM

    Get over it!!

  45. dabubble says: Jul 19, 2014 7:20 AM

    Dear Chris Kluwe

    You’re a agitator and a punter…be gone.

  46. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 1:26 PM

    I wonder what coach Zimmer thinks about his opportunity in MN.

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