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Vikings suspend Mike Priefer three games in response to Kluwe investigation


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.

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83 Responses to “Vikings suspend Mike Priefer three games in response to Kluwe investigation”
  1. FlashPatterson says: Jul 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    They suspended the dude from Rules of Engagement?

  2. uglydingo says: Jul 18, 2014 8:20 PM

    Priefer’s name is mud. He’s lucky to still have a job.

  3. stellarperformance says: Jul 18, 2014 8:23 PM


    And the team feels obligated to show how tough they are, and won’t be told what to do. “Three games, not four…..darn you.”

    Tough guys. Thick heads.

  4. catquick says: Jul 18, 2014 8:24 PM

    Kluwe is a thief!

  5. bonniebengal says: Jul 18, 2014 8:26 PM

    I’d still like to see the report of what actually happened.

    And regardless of what happened, Kluwe was cut because of bad play, nothing more. If he was a good player who was cut for supporting gay marriage, then he’d already be playing somewhere else.

  6. jdh1016j says: Jul 18, 2014 8:26 PM

    The catholic church is asking for donations to help him out financially during his suspension.

  7. bucsorbust says: Jul 18, 2014 8:26 PM

    Yeah, a guy can get fired for racial slurs, sexual harassment, etc. No issue with that. But the gesture by the Vikings seems more than enough. How was Kluew harmed by words? On the flip side to that, where I come from, providing threats to someone unless they pay some money looks a lot like extortion. So demanding the Vikes give a million bucks to a gay/lesbian organization Kluwe chooses or he’ll sue, looks like a non-starter to me.

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 18, 2014 8:27 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

    Here it is:

    The Vikings are a horrible franchise.


  9. Florio_Jr. says: Jul 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    Typical class of the Vikings, eh PFTPoet?

  10. illiniftw says: Jul 18, 2014 8:28 PM

    His comments added a little tarnish to the shield after the NFL spent all summer saying NFL locker rooms love gay people. Only reason he’s prob suspended

  11. nagasakee says: Jul 18, 2014 8:29 PM

    so apparently Kluwe was in the right all along. Why else the suspension?

  12. bucsorbust says: Jul 18, 2014 8:29 PM

    Headline: “NFL Coach Suspended Due to Insensitive Comments; Greg Hardy and Aldon Smith Prepare for 2014 Season.

  13. bamboozle99 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:30 PM

    1 million $ is starting to sound like it was a bargain for this case.

  14. ariani1985 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:30 PM

    Come to the turd bay Packers and improve our rancid special teams!

  15. youngs79 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:31 PM

    uglydingo, kidding right?… Say what you will about what he said and didn’t say, however, he is an excellent special teams coach. Also, I don’t think he is the only football coach who is not politically correct. That doesn’t make it right, just sayin.

  16. clashpoint says: Jul 18, 2014 8:31 PM

    Token suspension for shut up’s sake.

  17. blacknole08 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:31 PM

    Kluwe is so sensitive – 4 to 8 games? Riley Cooper got 0 games.

    Zimmer wanted this guy on his staff, so I think Preifer keeps his job too.

  18. mypercyhurts2 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:31 PM

    Seems fair. We’ll see if Kluwe drops this now.

  19. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 18, 2014 8:32 PM

    Hahaha. Skol. Pftpoet haha

  20. defeetrexryan says: Jul 18, 2014 8:34 PM

    Donate $1M to gay & lesbian groups. Nice. While millions die of cancer…

  21. 1rockyracoon says: Jul 18, 2014 8:35 PM

    Kluwe was right the entire time. Based on their own investigation, the Vikings decided to suspend their own coach for 3 games. I can’t wait until the NFL takes a look at this situation. The fact that the new coach decided to retain Priefer, despite the allegations, tells you all you need to know about this franchise.

  22. coachbeck says: Jul 18, 2014 8:36 PM

    His name is fine. Kluwe is who’s name is mud. He will never get another job in the league and he knows it. That’s why he is trying to hurt anyone he can. Fact is that he just doesn’t have a good heart. He isn’t a good man.

  23. wintermute00 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:38 PM

    Ah, karma from pftpoet and brokebackbrees strikes I see…

    I’m sure more to follow…

  24. iamthorny says: Jul 18, 2014 8:39 PM

    Just another in a long line of embarrassing episodes for the Minnesota Vikings…

    One of the least entertaining franchises on the field but by far the most entertaining off.

  25. Eli Pacheco says: Jul 18, 2014 8:41 PM

    If my boss heard what I said about dodgers fans and vegans, I’d be suspended, too.

  26. qdog112 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:42 PM

    The only reason they kept him was to control his testimony anyway. He got paid and literally “took one for the team”.

    Now it looks like the team took some action which is all about mitigation, once the suit begins. The team will claim they took decisive action, Priefer will tow the company line and get paid for the year, then they will kick him to the curb, after they settle with Kluwe out of court.

    In the settlement, the Vikings will not admit to any wrongdoing, Kluwe gets paid. Game over.

  27. cfballfan1 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:45 PM

    PC cowards.

  28. davisacross says: Jul 18, 2014 8:46 PM

    Kluwe’s a skilled punter. Time to do that now. Priefer has suffered enough.

  29. rightwingguy says: Jul 18, 2014 8:51 PM

    Kluwe is a tool. #yourjustapunter Go coach Prief! Skol!

  30. suns11111 says: Jul 18, 2014 8:51 PM

    Wow a football coach saying bad things, if this is something you never thought would happen, you had a boring sheltered life. Welcome to the real world……

  31. youallrfools says: Jul 18, 2014 8:54 PM

    Vikings are stupid to not bury this a year ago and give Kluwe his settlement. Now it’s a story. I’m a fan of the team, but this is just poor management – everyone knows what happens inside of the office.

  32. jboody79 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:01 PM

    Well this just proves that Chris was right all along. The termination part of the whole story is soley based on his on field production. The allegations against Priefer appear to be spot on. I wonder how PA will twist this in Priefers favor? We all know how PA drinks the kool-aid

  33. darkneptune73 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:02 PM

    Literally a far cry from the 4-8 that Kluwe wanted. And that game reduction seems like a handslap as punishment.

    LOL Kluwe.

  34. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 18, 2014 9:02 PM

    where ThePftPoet whenever we need his excuses.

  35. thevikingsarewherecareersend says: Jul 18, 2014 9:05 PM

    Where is ThePftPoet whenever we need to hear his excuses about the worst team in sports. I want to hear him talk more about how his team has never won a superbowl and how they will always be dead last in their division.

  36. natelan says: Jul 18, 2014 9:06 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Get ’em, Kluwe!!!

  37. phukurmouf says: Jul 18, 2014 9:06 PM

    “If i had it my way id stick them all on an island and nuke it till it glows”. So what happens to people when they say things like – they shud give he or she the death penalty for killing that person? Suspension looming? Beautiful country. Freedom of speech. Maybe not.

  38. rayburns says: Jul 18, 2014 9:07 PM

    As I said earlier, by the Vikings continuing to refuse to release the entire report, it’s projecting an air of ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire’.

    By suspending Priefer and still not releasing the report, the Vikings look like a club desperately looking for a way out of corner they painted themselves into.

    And its not helping that the Vikings are trying to throw mud at Kluwe to try and deflect the criticism. Kluwe was in the locker room so knows all the other secrets that I’m sure the Vikings would like to remain secret.

  39. mcmccii says: Jul 18, 2014 9:10 PM

    So Sterling has his team taken from him by the NBA for bigotry comments not made during office hours. This guy does it in the workplace and gets 3 games???

  40. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jul 18, 2014 9:10 PM

    NOW they suspend him???????

  41. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 18, 2014 9:11 PM

    Now the vikings admit that Kluwe’s complaint had merit, yet they did nothing but attempt to cover it up until now.

    This is worse than standing up for the coach. It is the worst thing they could do for their case.

    The vikings are playing this whole scandal all wrong.

    The suspension should have happened and been over with, a settlement with Kluwe, and no more disclosures or bad press.

    Now the scandal is going to dog them more than any trademark discussion in the nation’s capital.

  42. raynman49 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:25 PM

    Lighten up Francis! My gym coaches in the 60’s would probably say worse things. Whatever happened to free speech?

  43. nflyoda says: Jul 18, 2014 9:32 PM

    He should go coach in Miami. His intolerance will fit right in.

  44. dcapettini says: Jul 18, 2014 9:41 PM

    Since when does the victim dictate the punishment? I have never heard of this except when the victim claims damages and asks remuneration.

  45. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 18, 2014 9:43 PM

    Seems a little late for this. If Kluwie didn’t sue, they would have just swept it under the rug.

  46. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 18, 2014 9:54 PM

    I believe every viking poster owes Kline a big apology

  47. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 18, 2014 9:57 PM

    *Kluwe … After all the abuse suffered at the hands of viking posters I owe it to him to correct my mispelling

  48. sopadegato says: Jul 18, 2014 10:19 PM

    Really? Sigh. Welcome to the Tumblr era of the NFL. It’s gonna get worse from here, folks.

  49. robert831 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:21 PM

    I’m a Vikings fan and I thought they should have fired Priefer with the rest of the staff. Why did they not distant themselves from his poor coaching regardless of this other stuff. I say cut bait, admit he should have been fired, and move on. Why protect a special teams coach when he is easily replaced?

  50. f1restarter says: Jul 18, 2014 10:23 PM


    The Vikings are the biggest joke in the NFL. They suck at football, too.

  51. witchrunner says: Jul 18, 2014 10:30 PM

    WOW! 4-8 game suspension because of a comment? So, if I say Kluwe is a jerk, how much should my suspension be? And what does a one million dollar donation have to do with anything?

    I guess the league is both run by and the participants are a bunch of wusses. What ever happened to “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me!”? We now live in the day and age where if one says ” yo’ mama wears combat boots!” a suspension is warranted for hurting the mama’s boy’s feelings.

  52. huskywolverine says: Jul 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    So the Vikings failed to do anything about Priefer until it became apparent that litigation would ensue. Kluwe’s attorneys will be smiling in their sleep tonight.

  53. maestro1899 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:36 PM

    The 5 Worst WRs in the NFL:

    5. Kenny Britt
    4. Miles Austin
    3. Brandon LaFell
    2. Greg Jennings
    1. Cordarrelle Patterson

    In that order…

  54. bigjim50010 says: Jul 18, 2014 10:55 PM

    lol it is always something with storied and flawed franchise

  55. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 18, 2014 11:21 PM

    They should just contract the Vikings like they tried to do to the twins.

  56. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 18, 2014 11:29 PM

    He’s the special teams coordinator on one of the worst teams in the nfl.

  57. ishallcomment says: Jul 18, 2014 11:35 PM

    we should be over this already, it’s 2014!

    get a Kluw-e!

  58. logicalvoicescowboybrother says: Jul 18, 2014 11:36 PM

    I think that people need to grow up. Hate is hate ~ stop bashing your made up fairytale books.

  59. mcbenersons says: Jul 18, 2014 11:47 PM

    An end to the human race in two steps:

    Step 1. We put all the bigots on an island and then nuke it until it glows.

    Step 2. We put all the killers on an island and nuke it until it glows…

    revenge doesn’t work….ever. Neither does taking something through violence.

    In my uneducated opinion…
    Priefer needs to learn from his mistakes and get to know and appreciate people who are different than him.

    Kluwe needs to stop trying to make himself look like a hero and activist while using revenge and hate as his tactics.

  60. kvnhlstd says: Jul 18, 2014 11:48 PM

    Wow… what a train wreck of a franchise… I bet Zimmer is wishing he had stayed a D coord.
    Kluwe lies…. we will donate money if you go away
    Kluwe lies… we will suspend our guy.

    Looks like Kluwe was right and Minni is playing catch up in the public arena. Too late.

  61. oshkoshoz says: Jul 18, 2014 11:54 PM

    Real men own up to their own words, and their own mistakes. Preifer initially ran away from the words that ran out of his own mouth. That’s not something a real man would do. Let’s hope that this incident helps Mike Priefer raise himself to a higher standard than he previously set for himself.

  62. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:00 AM

    Vikings conditioning coach should sue kluwe for making offensive comments about the penn state scandal. That’s how this all works right? Sue when you’re offended? It’s exactly the same thing.

  63. realdealsteel says: Jul 19, 2014 12:07 AM


    This is nothing. I’d hire Priefer with no problem.

  64. pacificdan says: Jul 19, 2014 12:17 AM

    Honestly, that sounds fair. I think the way the Vikings have handled the whole mess a little slimy but overall, three games seems reasonable without being overly harsh.

  65. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 19, 2014 12:41 AM

    I’m upset that the Vikings caved on this. I don’t know the details, of course, but it sure looks like they’re just trying to get Kluwe off their backs.

  66. abreathofsanity says: Jul 19, 2014 12:53 AM

    Vikings. Hah! A classless organization. #yohoyohoapirateslifeforme

  67. whatjusthapped says: Jul 19, 2014 12:55 AM

    Suspend Kluwe too.

    Oh, that’s right, the Vikings cut him.

  68. drgreenstreak says: Jul 19, 2014 12:58 AM

    Go Kluwe! Not just on this subject but many subjects wherein an NFL owner and management do not operate transparently. They lie and act untouchable. The NFLPA should be ashamed for watching from the back of the theater on this one. Cowards.

  69. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 19, 2014 1:13 AM

    Mike Priefer is a veteran and a great football coach. I’ve heard many people who know him describe him as a great person who doesn’t have a bigoted bone in his body. He may not be PC all the time, but what do you expect from someone who’s spent his whole life in the macho worlds of the military and football? Let’s try to remember that before we pass judgment on him.

  70. skolvikes says: Jul 19, 2014 1:35 AM

    One of the best special team coaches in the NFL.

    Numbers don’t lie.

    People say stupid things, such is life.

    It certainly doesn’t mean they’re stupid people. Ask Mr. Kluwe, I’m sure he regrets his “Sandusky skit”.

  71. skolvikes says: Jul 19, 2014 1:41 AM

    drgreenstreak says: Jul 19, 2014 12:58 AM

    Go Kluwe! Not just on this subject but many subjects wherein an NFL owner and management do not operate transparently. They lie and act untouchable. The NFLPA should be ashamed for watching from the back of the theater on this one. Cowards.


    Please tell me you’re not serious….

    NFL franchises (sans Green Bay) are privately owned companies.

    Transparency….. Imagine *if you have a job* that your company made ever single personnel decision public knowledge… Now think about every single employer doing such things….. Transparency? Who the hell do you think you are?

    Let us know when you figure out how incredibly stupid that sounds.

  72. skolvikes says: Jul 19, 2014 1:46 AM

    *Karen kissed Mark – Burger King, middle of nowhere

    WE MUST KNOW what you are doing so we can tell you we’re wrong – Liberals.

  73. idolized1 says: Jul 19, 2014 2:54 AM

    I suppose the fact the Raiders cut his sorry self too is all because his views, right?

    Please… I watched this joker in every game his last season and he was terrible, shanking more punts than ever before.

    Even his teammates are saying what a distraction he was, but since it’s supporting the gay agenda I suppose that’s okay, right?

    If this was Dez Bryant being a distraction to his team it would be a storm, but since it supports the gay agenda we should all shut up and let Kluwe go to town I guess.

    He’s an idiot and a distration, and a poor punter. He is there to play football, and not just use football as a platform for him to speak out.

    Good riddance to him.

  74. nosleeptilsb says: Jul 19, 2014 3:14 AM

    I think in support of Kluwe the Village People should put a Viking in thier act.

  75. sandiegolion says: Jul 19, 2014 4:24 AM

    It’s worth pointing out that suspending a coach for two weeks (after he completes his sensitivity training) is not nearly as strict as suspending a player for two games. Coaches get paid over 52 weeks, so 2 weeks = 3.8%. Suspend a player for two games and it costs him 11.8% of his pay.

  76. sidepull says: Jul 19, 2014 7:04 AM

    Kluwe is a punk

  77. bonniebengal says: Jul 19, 2014 8:43 AM

    I can see why Zimmer kept him on. Zimmer came in after the fact, and probably wanted to see the results of the investigation before making any decision. I also doubt this was Zimmer’s decision alone. Based on the suspension, Priefer must have made some comments, but did not do enough to get fired. It would be nice to see the report to know for sure.

  78. jimeejohnson says: Jul 19, 2014 9:21 AM

    “Lighten up Francis! My gym coaches in the 60′s would probably say worse things. Whatever happened to free speech”

    Your gym coach was a Neanderthal loser who lived a paranoid, haters’ life. Evolution will weed out the tiny, pea brain haters, eventually.

  79. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 11:12 AM

    I’ve been approached by 4 different Viking fans this morning, offering as much as $400 for my fake Packer stock.

  80. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 11:45 AM

    Hopefully Mike Priefer will take his time away from the game to reflect upon his misdeeds – perhaps while doing yoga.

  81. horg0039 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:26 PM

    I love how people still pin this on Kluwe, not the slimy way the Vikings handled this.

  82. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 12:57 PM

    Imagine the shame and humiliation that Viking fans must feel.

  83. melikefootball says: Jul 19, 2014 1:22 PM

    Coach held accountable, by a class organization as San Fran and North Carolina and Baltimore pat their troubles on the back and smile.

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