An anticipated late Friday afternoon bad news dump became an early Friday evening bad news dump.
Per multiple reports, the Vikings have suspended special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer three games as a result of the investigation sparked by claims of homophobic remarks from former punter Chris Kluwe. The suspension can be reduced to two games, if Priefer completes sensitivity training.
The disclosure comes at a time when Kluwe and his lawyer have made clear their intent to file a lawsuit against the Vikings. Kluwe wanted the team to suspend Priefer for four to eight games. Kluwe also wanted the Vikings to donate $1 million to gay and lesbian support groups.
Preifer was retained by new coach Mike Zimmer even after the allegations came to light. It’s unknown whether the suspension will affect Priefer’s job status after the 2014 season.