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Kluwe fights back against Vikings

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When a disgruntled former employee decides to file a lawsuit against a billion-dollar business, the billion-dollar business usually doesn’t quietly take the punches.  The billion-dollar business eventually starts pushing back, by among other things looking for anything and everything that can be used to make the disgruntled former employee look hypocritical or disingenuous or generally bad.

That process started last night for former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, with the team finally pushing back against the man who claimed that he was subjected to homophobic remarks and ultimately cut because of his gay-rights activism.  The 29-page memo analyzing the investigation that was conducted by outside lawyers includes the arguably relevant but potentially gratuitous reference to Kluwe mocking the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State by putting a hole in the back of Kluwe’s shorts and calling himself a Sandusky victim.

“I haven’t decided yet if that’s a roundabout ad hominem [attack], or moving the goalposts,” Kluwe wrote on Twitter in response to the allegation.

It’s a little of both, operating under the legal cover of showing that Kluwe couldn’t have found special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer’s remarks about homosexuality offensive if Kluwe saw fit to joke about the commission of homosexual acts by a grown man on boys.  Try as Kluwe’s lawyer might to keep that evidence out of any trial that may occur, the judge will be inclined to let the jury hear it, so that the jury can properly assess whether Kluwe took legitimate offense to Priefer’s comments — or whether Kluwe is seizing upon anything he can to challenge the decision to cut him.

Either way, Kluwe has opted to take the back-and-forth to the next level.

“And yeah, if the Vikings want to play dirty, we can talk about ALL sorts of stuff,” Kluwe said on Twitter last night.  Then came an unexpected bombshell.

“Oooh, shall we talk about the time two very well known Vikings players were caught in a compromising situation with an underage girl?” Kluwe said.  “Bet you didn’t hear about that one in the news.  We can do this all day, Vikings.  Special teams hears *everything*.  But we’ll save all that for the trial.  It’ll be more fun that way.”

Kluwe may not get the luxury of waiting for the trial.  At the latest, he’ll be grilled about the topic during his pre-trial deposition, especially since he has flagged an issue that the questioning from the team’s lawyers may have not otherwise uncovered.  (Which is one of the reasons why we suggested last night that Kluwe zip it on Twitter.)

At the earliest, Kluwe possibly will be hearing from law enforcement officials who will demand to know more about the situation, including the names of the “two very well known Vikings players” who were “caught in a compromising situation with an underage girl.”  Which, unless Kluwe is making it up or unless he wants to risk obstruction of justice charges by refusing to disclose the names to the authorities, will expose those “two very well known Vikings players” to an very awkward interview with police at best and criminal charges at worst.

Though the details change from case to case, this is what happens when a former employee decides to pick a fight with a billion-dollar business.  In a high-profile situation like this one, it becomes critical for the former employee to speak very carefully — or ideally not at all.

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137 Responses to “Kluwe fights back against Vikings”
  1. aaronfraudgers says: Jul 19, 2014 10:20 AM

    I’m a Vikings fan, but I gotta admit that I find this whole ordeal entertaining as heck.

  2. thepftpoet says: Jul 19, 2014 10:21 AM

    This is getting out of hand.

    Kluwe is now in a snitch fest.

    When in all reality, locker rooms are supposed to be kept private with these types of conversations, it’s an NFL locker room not a church.

    Jeez, Kluwe is a complete coward.

  3. mikeschmitt1217 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:22 AM

    This has the sounds of a very ugly situation for the Vikings. While they may have some decent “dirt” on Kluwe…he’s only one guy. Kluwe’s is making it sound like he’s got tons of ammo if they want to play hardball. It’s one thing to make claims, and another to substantiate them however so I’m going to wait to rush to judgment on either parties.

  4. chargersdiehard says: Jul 19, 2014 10:22 AM

    OMG this is gonna ruin the last month before the season! At least we might get a break from “Peyton is the greatest of all time” articles.

  5. thehatefulnerd says: Jul 19, 2014 10:23 AM

    Class organization.

  6. humpy79 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:23 AM

    Kluwe’s lawyer is probably ready to snap. Or kluwe is about spend every dime he made in court.

  7. natelan69 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:24 AM

    100% defend Kluwe, he is correct about EVERYTHING…

    But he needs to stop talking/tweeting and save his evidence for trial.

  8. jvw1982 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:26 AM

    Well one good thing is this trial should make next years off season interesting….

  9. exsquidao says: Jul 19, 2014 10:26 AM

    I pretty much never comment of PFT but this guy really needs to go away.

  10. filthymcfunny1 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:27 AM

    Well since the packers suck and can’t make money their fans live for this they are pathetic!!!

  11. f1restarter says: Jul 19, 2014 10:27 AM

    I’m really going to enjoy watching how this plays out. Not only do the Vikings suck at the game of football, but the Kardashian-like drama that surrounds this team is what makes them the perennial running joke of the NFL.

  12. ssraebel says: Jul 19, 2014 10:28 AM

    Saw that the coach was suspended. I said last night (and got a bunch of thumbs down) that the Vikes should settle this before the Pandora’s box opens. It is now open.

  13. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:29 AM

    This story couldn’t possibly get any more annoying and obnoxious. The season can’t start quick enough

  14. themiamidolphins says: Jul 19, 2014 10:30 AM

    Kluwe hasn’t realized that his 15 minutes of fame are up.

  15. bongemi says: Jul 19, 2014 10:30 AM

    Is it becoming a little more obvious that this isn’t about gay rights? This is, and always has been about Chris Kluwe. He goes to the MEDIA about his friends/teammates being with underage girls? Not the police…but Twitter. Nice. I don’t know that the police will be willing to wait for him to decide to unleash his news on the Vikings when he feels he has the largest audience.

    This is getting clearer and clearer. We have a bitter dude who decided to go public with every piece of dirt he could recall to go after his former employer.

  16. bcajun says: Jul 19, 2014 10:30 AM

    0 superbowls

  17. fmc651 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:31 AM

    After he gets caught in a situation. Kluwe can’t remember if he did something. He remembered it, he just didn’t have it in him to say – yes I did do that. So Kluwe is it really worse that a coach said something stupid about gays or you joking about sexual abuse of children?Locker rooms have a lot of stupid, inappropriate talk . But don’t be a part of it and then smear a franchise for what happens in every locker room.

  18. thepftpoet says: Jul 19, 2014 10:33 AM

    If Chris Kluwe goes to jury trial, he’s going to get annihilated.

    I hope the Minnesota Vikings sue him until he’s broke.

    He’s ruining the privateness of locker rooms as we know it.

  19. thepftpoet says: Jul 19, 2014 10:34 AM

    The Vikings Dynasty begins now.

    The whole league will find out soon enough.

    All of you are now faced with the dilemma on how to go on with life.

    Here’s the solution: go on living life with your normal daily habits of mediocrity, but just remember you will never be as great as the Vikings franchise.


    No team you ever cheer for will even have a miniscule amount of greatness compared to what the Vikings will have.

    We define proficiency.

    We are the immaculate prodigy that your franchise will never be.

  20. tjacks7 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:35 AM

    “Special teams hears everything..”

    But what can you prove? That’s all that matters.

  21. frostyviking says: Jul 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    Kluwe, for crying out loud, grow up!

  22. natelan69 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:38 AM

    If it’s proven that the Vikings organization in anyway conspired to cover-up statutory rape, well, this just got a lot worse for them.

    Now we’re talking about NFl sanctions with real, game-changing implications such as fines and loss of draft picks.

    The vikings refusal to admit wrong (in private) and play ball with Kluwe in a settlement might have just set their entire team back another 5 years… Assuming they could have possibly gotten any worse than they already were.

  23. whatjusthapped says: Jul 19, 2014 10:41 AM

    Justice will be served, one could only hope that the two Vikings who were with underage girls is Peterson and Harrison Smith and the impending 8 game suspensions will start at the beginning of the season.

    0-8 Vikings has a nice ring to it, wouldn’t you say?
    Not enough bad things to happen to this morally bankrupt organization, as if never winning a Superbowl is enough.

    Let the good times roll!

  24. heroofthisparish says: Jul 19, 2014 10:41 AM

    So Kluwe appears to be wrong (lying) about the promises to publicly issue the report.

    That is the second time he has been shown to be disingenuous. His original defence of his actions regards Penn State of, ‘I don’t remember…’, has changed to suddenly recalling this behaviour on Twitter (including why and how long that type stuff went on for).

    As much as a point as Kluwe may have had once upon a time, that is now largely lost as he now looks like a very bitter little boy who has spit his pacifier out of his crib.

  25. mousietongue says: Jul 19, 2014 10:42 AM

    Training camps open next week….YESSSSSS!!!!!

  26. sdsmooth says: Jul 19, 2014 10:42 AM

    As always … the Vikings are making Minnesota proud.

  27. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 10:42 AM

    They might finish in last place every year, but you have to give credit to the Vikings for finding innovative ways to entertain every summer.

  28. runtheball says: Jul 19, 2014 10:43 AM

    He makes obnoxious jokes about child rape, but tells him the lawsuit is about gay rights! Making veiled threats about his teammates shows it is all about Kluwe’s ego and the fact that he can’t come to grips with the fact that he just wasn’t good enough.

  29. fmc651 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:43 AM

    What does 2 well know Vikings have to do with your case Chris? Nothing, you once again come off as a fraud. You never deserved to play for that team. Take your bitter self somewhere and stop talking.

  30. mancave001 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:45 AM

    I’m so sick of this guy. You’re a mediocre kicker who got his feelings hurt by a guy making gay jokes. Seriously, grow up.

  31. sweetcub says: Jul 19, 2014 10:45 AM

    This isn’t a new story. The players in question were Tarvaris Jackson and Sydney Rice and the story was debunked years ago. BTW, Kluwe is right that Priefer is a bigot and created a hostile work environment (which is illegal in this country) but he was released because the Vikings found someone younger and cheaper that could do his job roughly as well as he could. Unfortunate, but perfectly legal.

  32. ty46 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:46 AM

    Dear PFT writers, before writing today another Kluwe article, remember the time, when your mother called you 6 times a day!!!

  33. rikker12 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:46 AM

    Do you really know what your talking about? Explain to all of us, the money the Packers are not making….
    “What are you people on, Dope!” (Mr. Hand)

  34. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 10:48 AM

    Welcome to MN coach Zimmer!

    Better get used to it.

  35. luz56 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:48 AM

    Kluwe feels he was let go because of his outspokenness on sensitive issues… I feel he is going to have a hard time convincing a judge and or jury based on his on field performance… Cut in Minny and cut in Oakland all based on performance.. It is easy to tie in his off field comments to his release and that’s where the difficulty is

    That being said the blackmail that is being mentioned is disturbing.. Tells a lot about his character… As a long time Viking fan and a part time player elsewhere us athletes are treated different from the owners to the fan base to the media.. When you are no longer of value to any of the three groups you become a nobody… This stuff he speaks of happens and gets rolled under the carpet all the time… Media and team keep it hush and that’s where the problem lays. Does he has a case??? Yes and No

  36. zeeman911 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:50 AM

    Only reason this guy is so offended is because he’s obviously still in the closet…

  37. chris1cat says: Jul 19, 2014 10:51 AM

    f1restarter says: Jul 19, 2014 10:27 AM

    I’m really going to enjoy watching how this plays out. Not only do the Vikings suck at the game of football, but the Kardashian-like drama that surrounds this team is what makes them the perennial running joke of the NFL.
    Start a fire on yourself dude, idiot! You suck at life, get one troll boy!

    Kluwe is trying to grasp and hang on to ANYTHING possible. He knows it’s over, and by the way what do ANY of his comments (drunk fool) have to do with his case? idiot. period.

  38. daburgher says: Jul 19, 2014 10:51 AM

    kluwe sucks in every possible way. maybe if he managed his money better we wouldnt have to hear from this bigot(a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinion)

  39. Andre's Johnson says: Jul 19, 2014 10:54 AM

    What exactly does Kluwe want here?

  40. 1952vikefan says: Jul 19, 2014 10:55 AM

    Suewe sucked anyway. he was a better reporter than punter bi far.

  41. footballfan14 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:57 AM

    Kluwe knew about this and never told it? I think he should be fined or something for knowing about this and hiding it from law enforcement.

    Obviously, I don’t believe him and he just looks disgruntled and grasping at straws but if it is true then I think he needs to be brought on charges for knowing this. The fact he would cover something that happened to an underage girl and then let it out on Twitter shows he is all about himself, not very bright, and he is sounding more bitter and grasping at straws than having a real complaint.

    Kluwe, do yourself a favor and shut up. Wait for the trial or better yet, drop this whole thing. You aren’t looking good buddy.

  42. malgorthewarrior says: Jul 19, 2014 10:57 AM

    regardless of your opinion of kluwe or the gay rights issue in general, this whole “he sucks because the locker room is a private place” mentality has GOT TO GO.

    that is the same crap people say to justify hiding things like sexual abuse, rampant racism, physical violence, etc.

    do you all want your kids to grow up in a situation where if something inappropriate is happening in the locker room (they are getting assaulted, their coaches are touching them, they are verbally abused, etc) that they don’t say anything because it’s private?

    Since when did privacy mean “don’t report when underage people are being raped” ?

  43. fmc651 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:59 AM

    How are the Vikings playing dirty Chris? You said the Vikings reneged on a promise. But there was no promise. Your lawyer had to admit it that fact.Then they bust you making Sandusky jokes. And you can’t remember doing it – right Chris, how convenient for you.Who says “if people saw me do it, then I probably did it” Grow a pair and say yes I too acted inappropriately at the Vikings facility. Now you bring up rumors that are not involved to your case. At this point who believes what you are saying? You are a proven liar and fraud. But it is the Vikings are playing dirty. Okay Chris. Wow.

  44. schrutebeetfarms says: Jul 19, 2014 11:00 AM

    he willingly chose not to report to the police a crime against a minor? how does this not make him look like a dispicable human being. the police should charge him. this was never about gay rights but always about Kluwe, and that’s why he was cut. no one is worth this headache..

  45. Jon Vaala says: Jul 19, 2014 11:01 AM

    What kind of a person sits on this kind of information for a year only to use it to spite his former employer for firing him? I have zero respect for Chris Kluwe. Zero. I’m glad the Vikings dealt with Priefer. But Chris Kluwe is acting like a vindictive middle schooler. And making fun of child rape victims? Disgusting…

  46. eslaught says: Jul 19, 2014 11:02 AM

    It seems that Kluwe supports gay rights. That is great. Apparently, he doesn’t care about child sex abuse. He jokes about Penn State and then does not report that his teammates were in compromising situations with underage girls. He can write whatever he wants on Twitter about knowing everything in the world. When he goes to court and says “I heard” or “I think”, he is going to get destroyed because he has no actual evidence. he is trying to strong arm the Vikings into settling by having people on social media shame them. The Vikings probably do have some skeletons in their closet regarding some issues, but it seems Kluwe (Mr. Righteous) does too. So he isn’t some innocent crusader for those who have been wronged. This is going to be interesting to see play out. If he is defaming/slandering the organization, I hope they sue him until he has nothing left. If he is right, I hope he destroys the Vikings organization and then advocates for change throughout the NFL.

  47. apollo1989 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:04 AM

    Does this surprise anyone? This is the same team that was responsible for the love boat scandal.

  48. natelan69 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:05 AM

    To those claiming that Kluwe’s allegations of covering-up statutory rape have no basis on his case, you’re wrong.

    It shows (if proven) that there is a systemic environment of covering-up workplace violations, or indeed this case, serious crimes.

    It would therefore benefit Kluwe in the sense that, his claims that Priefer’s comments being denied by the franchise and proper punishment being levied for them is inherent in the corrupt management of the franchise.

    It could also damage the employer’s reputation, signifying that the team may be capable of firing someone for their protected speech, since they are allegedly capable of things much worse, notably covering-up statutory rape.

  49. thebadguyswon says: Jul 19, 2014 11:08 AM

    This insignificant clown needs to go away. Run for political office already and take up your social causes in that arena and leave the NFL fans out of it.

  50. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 19, 2014 11:09 AM

    I only came to this story for the comments.

  51. shatho1 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:10 AM

    The Vikings Dynasty begins now.

    The whole league will find out soon enough.

    All of you are now faced with the dilemma on how to go on with life.

    Here’s the solution: go on living life with your normal daily habits of mediocrity, but just remember you will never be as great as the Vikings franchise.


    No team you ever cheer for will even have a miniscule amount of greatness compared to what the Vikings will have.

    We define proficiency.

    We are the immaculate prodigy that your franchise will never be.
    your so called dynasty just went down the drain pipe its moments like these that make me very proud to be a cowboys fan even if they are mediocre GO COWBOYS!!!

  52. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 19, 2014 11:12 AM

    At least we now know that Blair Walsh, and many Vike fans, define “reprehensible” as “…to truthfully report what transpires in Viking team meetings.”

  53. wafflestomp says: Jul 19, 2014 11:12 AM

    For those of you believing this will be a slam dunk win for the Vikings if this all goes to court, you haven’t been watching your team the last 53 years.

    They will probably choke at trial like they do everywhere else.
    They didn’t chose the color purple as their own for nothing.

    #circus music

  54. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jul 19, 2014 11:12 AM

    Everyone that knew about the statutory rape should be suspended or fired. So I guess you were just fired early Kluwe — get lost!

  55. hotwings4u says: Jul 19, 2014 11:13 AM

    What are we talking about?!

    We talkin bout a punter….a sorry punter

    Not a game! Not a game! a punter!

    W..W..What are we talkin about…a punter!

    A PUNTER!!!

  56. teal379 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:14 AM

    Dude just doubled down on stupid.

    Either he’s libelous in stating untruths about the Vikings and covering up statutory rape (among whatever else he has for ‘dirt’ on the team) or he’s an accessory after the fact by not raising the issue with law enforcement/NFL security.

    Either way – this will not end well for the punter and whatever goodwill he FEELS he has from the LGBT community – he’s squandering it because all this does is make their cause look bad.

    Dude’s lawyers need to get a hold of him right now.

  57. natelan69 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:15 AM

    In its closing arguments, the defense will remind the jury that the same franchise which protected two star players from statutory rape charges, and which slapped the wrist of a high-level assistant coach who stated his desire in public to kill every gay person on the planet, also fired someone for being outspoken on gay rights.



    Fried Viking meat.

  58. pastabelly101 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:17 AM

    Love boat and now Kluwe…..Skol….!

  59. iamjoshgordonswastedlife says: Jul 19, 2014 11:17 AM

    There have been 3(?) articles updating us on the whistleBLOWING (pardon the pun) antics of this out of work has-been punter, and I’m as tired of this as I am the endless articles on the whole “NFL plight against Native Americans around the solar system”.
    Hopefully the Vikings stick it to this guy (sorry, pun número two) for all of his panty-waste pain and suffering claims, and he gets the minimum compensation.

  60. TheDPR says: Jul 19, 2014 11:17 AM

    This article forgot to mention Johnny Manziel.

  61. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 19, 2014 11:21 AM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jul 19, 2014 10:33 AM
    If Chris Kluwe goes to jury trial, he’s going to get annihilated.

    I hope the Minnesota Vikings sue him until he’s broke.

    He’s ruining the privateness of locker rooms as we know it.
    Its not kluwes fault jonathan martin opened the locker room door. SKOL loser. 0 rings, irrelevant on the field.

  62. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 11:24 AM

    People picking on Kluwe just because he’s a lowly punter forget that this is the Vikings. It’s the most important position on their perennial last place team.

  63. wheels579 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:24 AM

    This all could have been avoided if Wilf had fired Priefer as he should have.

  64. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 11:26 AM

    Do the Vikings intentionally manufacture these annual freak shows to make their fans forget about how bad the team is?

  65. franfoley says: Jul 19, 2014 11:27 AM

    Heard any good Favre stories? Hope he ponders (no pun intended) coming out of retirement – rather read that than this mess.

  66. thegreatjimmyk says: Jul 19, 2014 11:31 AM

    Chris, you are losing credibility here. I started out on your side, but if it’s just a mudslinging contest played out in the courts where the only winners are the lawyers that you’re after, I can’t support that.

  67. frostyviking says: Jul 19, 2014 11:31 AM

    Nothing to see here but a grown man crying.

  68. tooz72 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:32 AM

    Minnesota Vikings
    Regular Season Record (all-time) : 431-365-10
    Playoff Record (all-time) : 19-27 (Last appearance after 2012 season)
    Super Bowls Won: 0 out of 4 appearances
    Championships Won*: 0

  69. blitzthepig says: Jul 19, 2014 11:32 AM

    Kluwe is a disgrace. To make fun of the PA St fiasco and then try to take down a coach due to insensitive remarks is cowardly. All we need to know about Kluwe is that he is now threatening to take down other players (former teammates) after he started this. Kluwe may have had some support prior to the investigation but now with the revelation he somehow found the Sandusky case funny is appalling. As I said, Kluwe is a DISGRACE!

  70. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 11:34 AM

    All this stress in MN.

    I prescribe some yoga.

  71. whocares832 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:38 AM

    What a loser, Kluwe needs to crawl back into his hole.

  72. frostyviking says: Jul 19, 2014 11:38 AM

    We better watch it or Kluwe will take his ball and go home.

  73. natelan69 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:38 AM

    wheels579 says:
    Jul 19, 2014 11:24 AM
    This all could have been avoided if Wilf had fired Priefer as he should have.

    I agree, but remember, Priefer vehemently denied making anti-gay comments initially. It wasn’t until the investigation, that at least one player other than Kluwe (the long snapper) corroborated Kluwe’s allegations.

    Therefore, it might have been irresponsible of the Vikings to fire Priefer until wrongdoing could be proven.

    But now that it HAS been proven, even admittedly by Priefer himself… Why this guy wasn’t fired for threatening to kill every gay person on the planet, multiple times, in front of multiple people, is beyond me. And just a minor slap on the wrist, at that…

    In any sane corporation, this man’s words would have gotten him fired. Protecting him, as they are apparently doing, lends credence to Kluwe’s case that at least when it comes to the Vikings, hate speech is protected but defensing gays in public is not.

  74. cags777 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:38 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the start of another book by Kluwe.

  75. chrisk61 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:39 AM

    remember the scene from deliverance when the guys says, “squeal like a pig.”

    klu – WEEEEEE ! klu – WEEEEEEE !

  76. purpleppleeaters says: Jul 19, 2014 11:41 AM

    That sound you do NOT hear is the sound of the LGBT community rushing to defend their “spokesperson.”


  77. 33vikes says: Jul 19, 2014 11:44 AM

    Kluwe started out on the moral high ground. That advantage is long gone. Does he realize ALL of this stuff is now potentially admissible since they are his statements?
    The first rule when you are suing someone/being sued. Shut up.

  78. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:45 AM

    Kluwe is simply getting back at the team that cut him. He is the most butt hurt individual I’ve ever seen in professional sports. And he was a punter…let’s face it, it’s the lowest end of an nfl team. Though it’s now official he himself made INSENSITIVE and OFFENSIVE comments about child rape, oh he was just joking! I hope the Vikes sue him for those comments. See how he likes it. I would love to see his defense for that. ” it was a joke, everybody was doing it!!!!!”

    This guy is a disgrace and a typical weak minded individual that can’t accept being cut without taking down an entire business and all the people that work there. Kluwe does not care about the gay movement. He cares about the kluwe movement. It’s all about kluwe and always has been. He just used the gay movement to get attention.

    FYI: kluwe reads these posts on this site. He said he did on a radio show. I hope he reads this one.

  79. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 19, 2014 11:49 AM

    Low character adrian peterson.

  80. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:49 AM


    That’s the best way to sum up kluwe.

  81. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 11:52 AM

    Poor Viking fans. They never catch a break.

  82. dmarado says: Jul 19, 2014 11:52 AM

    Whoops! Don’t say anything to call into question the Vikings here, it will be deleted.

  83. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 19, 2014 11:53 AM

    He’s not tweeting all this stuff for his health, it may be awfully embarrassing to make those tweets, but he’s doing it so that the team feels the heat and gets embarrassed themselves regardless of what happens to himself. For all we know his lawyer is advising him to keep it up whatever he brings on himself, he’s also bringing onto the team, and that’s his goal.

    And it’s not illegal to be caught with an underage girl in a compromising situation, that could simply mean something embarrassing and not something that is abuse or a sex crime or anything illegal, so if any cops come around snooping, he’s of course just going to find a way to redirect that into more problems for the Vikings or more general embarrassment. To say what he said sounds like an opportunity for other people to interpret that in horrible and illegal ways. He made it sound as bad as you possibly can without implying a crime, otherwise he would have said “criminal situation”. I guess we’ll find out more if/when the authorities ask him some more questions about that, but they might not be interested in getting ensnared into his game that could be a trap to recruit them for more pressure and embarrassment for the team. Kluwe might be hoping they take the bait.

    The point is none of us can know exactly why Kluwe says what Kluwe says, except it would probably be wise to think it’s all part of strategy in his game of elevator embarrassment. This ride can go all the way to the basement to get really down and dirty, yet it can also rise all the way up to the highest levels.

  84. eagles512 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:06 PM

    How is anyone defending Kluwe at this point when he obviously lied about not remembering making comments about the Penn St situation, which is worse than anything he alleged? He’s a lying hypocrite.

  85. coffeeblack95616 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:08 PM

    This is such a stupid and pointless non-issue at this juncture. Who really cares?! Kluwe has been done for some time now, and if he wasn’t such a holier-than-thou jerk he might have stayed on.

  86. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 12:09 PM

    You have to give credit where credit is due. The Vikings have an amazing ability to make their own fan base look stupid.

  87. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 12:13 PM

    You never see this kind of crap on teams with fake stock.

  88. mrlaloosh says: Jul 19, 2014 12:18 PM

    The Bills open training camp today!!! Hallelujah!!!!!!

  89. wafflestomp says: Jul 19, 2014 12:19 PM

    The Minnesota Vikings, putting the LOL in skoLOL for 54 years.

  90. natelan69 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:21 PM

    One thing we know for a FACT, is that Mike Priefer said in public on multiple occasions that he’d like all gay people to be killed.

    Then he lied about it repeatedly, like a coward.

    Then, after admitting to lying about it for months to his employer, the public and law enforcement, was suspended for a paltry 3 weeks by his employer.

    That tells us right there, that Priefer fostered an illegal, hostile workplace, and that his employer levied just about the smallest form of penalty they thought they could get away with.

    That’s not going to play well for the Vikings in court.

  91. FinFan68 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:23 PM

    The vikings fought back with stuff that was relevant to the suit. Kluwe is retaliating with stuff that is irrelevant (although not unimportant) because he doesn’t have anything better. That basically shows his suit is quite weak on its own. It’s all about a settlement now. He is threatening to bring up several allegations that (whether true or not) will damage the reputation and “brand” of the Vikings and the NFL–so the NFL will likely step in soon. What Kluwe is doing happens all the time and should be punished. It is in essence using the justice system as the ransom note in an extortion scheme. Too often corporations/celebrities (even when completely innocent) will offer money in a settlement that is less than it would cost to repair the damage done by an extended story. Shameful it is somehow legal.

    The underage girl stuff has absolutely nothing to do with Kluwe’s suit. Nothing. My question is if he thinks it is worthy of damaging the Vikings in social media now (because he is butthurt), why wasn’t it important to seek justice for the underage girl then. Kluwe, through his knowledge of and failure to report the incident, is no better than the team. In reality (though not necessarily legally) Kluwe is complicit in the cover up.

  92. greengoldandbold says: Jul 19, 2014 12:23 PM

    As a Packers fan, and the fact that Viking fans and Packer fans love to post sarcasm towards the opponent, I AGREE with the Vikings in this case. Kluwe has very little solid evidence on his side and the suspension of your special teams coach is a joke too. Kick his butt in court. None of this is football worthy news. It’s nothing more than SOUR GRAPES.

  93. themeccalambeaufield says: Jul 19, 2014 12:23 PM

    Got to hand it to Kluwe the vikings upped the ante and Kluwe raised them again. The team is inept at poker as they are on the field. Based on everything thus far Kluwe has been telling the truth and the vikings have been in denial but it’s about to get a lot more serious. That’s why the purple trolls are even in hiding and we are about see a whole new batch of usernames.

  94. mjsmiata says: Jul 19, 2014 12:26 PM

    Wow, I’m so glad Chris Kluwe is bringing to our attention the fact that NFL teams and players make bad decisions- SHOCKING!
    If you were such a ‘stand up dude’ Chris- why didn’t you bring these things up when you were on the team. You’re no better than any other spoiled NFL player. You’re bitter and lost right now because nobody wants you. This won’t help your situation… in fact, I’m not really sure who you think this will help. Another tragic tale of a bitter player who couldn’t get out of his own way. If you put this much time and energy into your kicking perhaps you’d still be playing.

  95. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 12:31 PM

    “He is threatening to bring up several allegations that (whether true or not) will damage the reputation and “brand” of the Vikings….”


    Except you can’t fall out of the basement.

  96. larryboodry says: Jul 19, 2014 12:32 PM

    I have been on Kluwe’s side in this, when I’ve paid attention at all, but that is starting to change.

    I am now sick of both sides in this.

    Kluwe has gone from crusader to immature jerk, as shown by his Sandusky ‘joke’ that he says he can’t remember, and now this.

    I’m with everyone else on here who feels nothing but disgust for him and anyone else who knew of the statutory rape of an underage girl and failed to report it to the police.

    If that girl actually was assaulted, than the two players involved need to be locked away, and the Vikings deserve to fighting a much more serious lawsuit by her parents.

  97. copack20 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:32 PM

    Full disclosure, I’m not decided if I agree with how Kluwe is going about this. BUT, It’s funny the power of perspective. Kluwe has always been this way. The difference is when he was writing letters to congressmen that are published on Deadspin, people laughed and embraced his fresh, witty, unapologetic stance on controversial issues. He was beloved in Minnesota! Him and Jared Allen were the “everyman”. He’s a video game junkie and plays in a band. He’s not popping bottles in the club, booking party boats, or getting caught going 100mph in 45mph multiple times. I lived in Minneapolis when he was there, and he was a regular on sports talk radio. He just happened to have a platform to voice his beliefs, and he did it in a charismatic way that we all found amusing.

    But now he needs to shut up?? Why? Because he’s not a professional athlete anymore? He’s the same guy! He hasn’t changed, your perspective has changed. And it’s sad that we as a society give our loyalty to a team, who holds the city hostage for a new stadium, but turn their back on someone who stands up for what they believe in. It’s a more display of moral compass and character. For any Viking fan that calls him disingenuous needs to think back a few years and look in the mirror.

    This is, and always has been, Kluwe being Kluwe. If you loved him then, you should at worst, respect him now.

  98. sonofad says: Jul 19, 2014 12:35 PM

    It feels like we are one Deadspin article away from the Summer of 2010.

  99. revelation123 says: Jul 19, 2014 12:38 PM

    There’s a scandal in non-titletown.

  100. gargamelsmentor says: Jul 19, 2014 12:39 PM

    What’s the over-under on “amount of time until Chris Kluwe gets his own show on the Bravo Channel”?

  101. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 12:46 PM

    If he keeps it up, Kluwe may get into the Packer Hall of Fame before Bert Favre.

  102. larryboodry says: Jul 19, 2014 12:52 PM

    LOL on ‘Bert’ Favre.

  103. thethunderofgunns says: Jul 19, 2014 12:53 PM

    If this clown were punting for a team anywhere in the NFL it’s highly doubtful he be litigious, or that he’d even mentioned the alleged indiscretions of former team mates.

    Yep. It’s all about money, not what is right/wrong.

  104. tangysizzl says: Jul 19, 2014 12:53 PM

    Guess Viking fans won’t be bringing up Mark Chmura anymore huh?

    Maybe the Washington team should hire pftpoet as there official propaganda machine, he can put lipstick on a pig better than just about anybody.

  105. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 19, 2014 1:02 PM

    I wonder how all this reflects on Rick Spieldope?

  106. billbrasky72 says: Jul 19, 2014 1:11 PM

    “Kluwe fights back”


  107. MostlyRight says: Jul 19, 2014 1:45 PM

    This guy wanted to be paid as a dedicated NFL player while dedicating his time and energy to his activism.

  108. golforepar says: Jul 19, 2014 1:47 PM

    The Vikings are a last place team but they never take last in finding trouble!

  109. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 19, 2014 2:22 PM

    The Vikings have always been a train wreck for decades now. Nothing new. That’s what happens when you have horrible ownership for most of your existence.

  110. vottorific says: Jul 19, 2014 2:29 PM

    Wonder if Zimmer is ready to take his old job back in Cincy? This looks like a train wreck.

  111. bucsorbust says: Jul 19, 2014 2:52 PM

    Two things you don’t mess with: A fool letting crazy emotions drive his actions; a team of lawyers hired by a very wealthy organization. This has both elements…which means CIRCUS. The only winners will be the lawyers for each side.

  112. saintsr158 says: Jul 19, 2014 3:08 PM

    Comes around goes around vikes. You started bountygate. “glass house”

  113. horsepedlr says: Jul 19, 2014 4:42 PM

    this has always been about 2 things. first money, second money

  114. stellarperformance says: Jul 19, 2014 5:22 PM

    The truth is never a bad thing.

  115. FlashPatterson says: Jul 19, 2014 5:24 PM

    If anything comes of this “ammo” Kluwe has then I quit watching the NFL.. it really has become the Not Fun League.

  116. mornelithe says: Jul 19, 2014 5:34 PM

    Dear Vikings,

    Scorched Earth.


    Chris Kluwe

  117. contra74 says: Jul 19, 2014 5:35 PM

    apollo1989 says:
    Jul 19, 2014 11:04 AM
    Does this surprise anyone? This is the same team that was responsible for the love boat scandal.

    The “love boat” was a bunch of grown men on a boat with naked women. And….well you tell me who wouldn’t want to be on that boat, better yet, tell me what was wrong with that?

  118. realityonetwo says: Jul 19, 2014 5:47 PM

    I’ve got some advice for the young man: Just. Shut. Up.

  119. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 19, 2014 6:20 PM

    If Kluwe did make that flippant allusion to the child molestation situation with Jerry Sandusky then how can he say he was offended by what that coach said? I get the feeling he lost his job and now he wants it back an dis going to whine until the entire world gets tired of listening to him. If the coach said it, he should get suspended but Kluwe shouldn’t be the one saying how many games he should get given how he made fun of the Sandusky incident. In my mind, that might be even worse.

    Maybe he just needs a diaper change.

  120. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 19, 2014 6:25 PM

    What a loser.

  121. Ed Bandell says: Jul 19, 2014 6:27 PM

    PC Wars, A Punter Strikes Back

    Not so long ago, on a football field far, far away…..

    It is a period of political correctness.
    LBGT advocates, striking from every
    angle possible, are trying to gain
    victories against evil “racist” empires.

  122. lowdownmofo says: Jul 19, 2014 7:01 PM

    0 Superbowls, loveboat, whizzinator, roof collapse…
    Add this to the laundry list of embarassments for these losers.

  123. FinFan68 says: Jul 19, 2014 7:48 PM

    copack20 says:
    Jul 19, 2014 12:32 PM
    …And it’s sad that we as a society give our loyalty to a team, who holds the city hostage for a new stadium, but turn their back on someone who stands up for what they believe in. It’s a more display of moral compass and character.
    At what time are you referring to when you say “someone who stands up for what they believe in”? Before, when he knew of an alleged assault on an underage girl and said nothing (just like some folks did in the Sandusky drama) or now, when saying something about it may get him a few bucks in an unrelated lawsuit of little merit? I’d say Kluwe is the one who needs to check the functionality of his moral compass, not the fans who supported him and then changed their mind after learning of his abhorrent nature.

  124. igocommando says: Jul 19, 2014 8:08 PM

    contra74 says: Jul 19, 2014 5:35 PM

    apollo1989 says:
    Jul 19, 2014 11:04 AM
    Does this surprise anyone? This is the same team that was responsible for the love boat scandal.

    The “love boat” was a bunch of grown men on a boat with naked women. And….well you tell me who wouldn’t want to be on that boat…………..

    Chris Kluwe and Aaron Rodgers

  125. leagueobservr says: Jul 19, 2014 8:27 PM

    I’ll admit, I had a small amount of sympathy for his position initially, but once this information came forth about his making fun of the Penn State child-abuse scandal, he lost all credibility with me. Whether or not he was let go as a result of the reasons he claims is mute at this point. This is like an ugly divorce where both sides start airing their dirty laundry in public and the more they do it, the more they make each other look foolish. It’s a lose/lose scenario for both sides and Kluwe just needs to literally pick up his ball and go home…

  126. ghjjf says: Jul 19, 2014 8:35 PM

    Klueless has possibly admitted to having knowledge of a crime and not reporting it to law enforcement. I’d say that’s a bigger issue than any anti gay comments a coach may have made.

  127. scyankee64 says: Jul 19, 2014 8:53 PM

    If Kluwe knew about statutory rape and didn’t report it, he’s as guilty as the team.

  128. kvnhlstd says: Jul 19, 2014 9:36 PM

    If this allegation proves true… The season is over before the first game.
    Kluwe may be facing a charge of accessary after the fact… detectives will be speaking with him and his lawyer by Monday lunch. We will learn soon enough if Kluwe lied or Minni covered up a felony.

  129. keeppounding says: Jul 19, 2014 10:06 PM

    Move the dang report comment button away from the dang thumbs. I have huge fingers dangit. I’m conservative I don’t report comments because they are offensive I’m not a little kid.

  130. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 19, 2014 10:40 PM

    Do you honestly think anyone really cares about this?
    C’mon man…. Really?

    It’s irrelevant…

  131. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 19, 2014 10:47 PM

    Lol you people are an embarrassment. You have no problem with your organization covering up crimes. Do you get paid by the Vikings for your horrible takes?

    You people have no problem with the truth being hidden. Wilf has already been found guilty of illegal business practices in court.

    Keep the truth coming Kluwe.

  132. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 19, 2014 10:55 PM

    His contract probably prohibited revealing information detrimental to the organization. Corporations notoriously put language in contracts protecting their interests.

    The organization has been shown to have less than a stellar reputation. They are to blame for covering up any crime that may have been committed not Kluwe.

  133. stellarperformance says: Jul 20, 2014 9:06 AM

    I have felt all along that Kluwe was doing the right thing. But I don’t think he is handling it correctly.

  134. tokyofilthblaster says: Jul 20, 2014 11:06 AM

    It’s a dynasty all right.

    Of dysfunction.

  135. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jul 20, 2014 12:16 PM

    “Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team. Everything is awesome when your living on a dream”

  136. zdravit says: Jul 20, 2014 5:30 PM

    Better for young men to be caught with an underage girl than with another man.

  137. sadviking says: Jul 22, 2014 1:58 PM

    What is wrong with people here? If Kluwe knows something about what sounds like statutory rape (or at least what sounds like an attempt), “locker room culture” has absolutely nothing to do with it. I am a BIG Vikings fan, but my fandom does NOT give any of the players a pass on sexual assault. I don’t care if it sinks the team for a decade.

    At the same time, I have lost respect for Kluwe for not saying anything before this.

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