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Kluwe suit on hold as settlement talks continue

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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will absolutely, positively sue the Vikings this week.

Unless he doesn’t.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, lawyer Clayton Halunen says that the lawsuit he previously promised to file on Wednesday has been placed on hold.  Instead, Halunen will take the next couple of weeks” to see whether the case can be resolved via negotiations with the team.

“We have spoken with the Vikings lawyer Joe Anthony and we have agreed to recommend to our clients that they continue with their conversations,” Halunen said Wednesday, via Tomassaon.  “We will not be taking any action pending the completion of those discussions.”

It’s a smart move, by both sides.  The early 1980s Wapnerization of America flooded courts with civil complaints, forcing judges to come up with mandatory mediation programs, which compel litigants to try to work out their differences under the auspices of a neutral third party.  Eventually, the Vikings and Kluwe will have to do just that.  With the facts of Kluwe’s case not very complicated, why not just do it now?

“We have not set a deadline so I can’t say there’s a deadline but I think both sides are interested in trying to determine whether or not our conversations are going to be a productive in a very short period,” Halunen said.

The real deadline comes on the two-year anniversary of May 2013 Kluwe’s release by the Vikings.  He’ll either sue or settle long before it’s four minutes to Wapner.

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36 Responses to “Kluwe suit on hold as settlement talks continue”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 23, 2014 3:32 PM

    INSERT: Picture of NFL suits making scared chicken noises

  2. stixzidinia says: Jul 23, 2014 3:33 PM

    Settlement for what? The fact that he’s been unable to secure employment with any other team is proof enough that his kicking skills aren’t desirable to NFL clubs.

  3. sportsbastard says: Jul 23, 2014 3:33 PM

    Go away Chris Kluwe.

  4. vikingscot says: Jul 23, 2014 3:33 PM

    Good for them. Hope this gets resolved.

  5. chawkup says: Jul 23, 2014 3:34 PM

    And … Their will be a confidentiality clause.

  6. marthisdil says: Jul 23, 2014 3:35 PM

    Why settle with him? Not like he deserves anything.

    Obviously no other teams thinks he’s worthwhile as he’s still not employed….

  7. chawkup says: Jul 23, 2014 3:35 PM

    There … Not their.

  8. 509seahawks says: Jul 23, 2014 3:36 PM

    I’d hate to say it but I wish the Vikings would just settle with this clown so we never have to hear another word from him.

  9. dalcow4 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:38 PM

    Pure money grab. Always was.

  10. Dean Keaton says: Jul 23, 2014 3:38 PM

    Kluwe is obviously just trying to position himself for either political office or to be the crazy liberal version of crazy Tea Party Sarah Palin

  11. thepftpoet says: Jul 23, 2014 3:41 PM

    Chris Kluwe would completely get destroyed in a Jury Trial and he knows it.

    The Attorney defending the Minnesota Vikings could get so much information and use it against him with all his posts on twitter, stories from other players about him in the locker room “Such as the Penn State harassment deal.

    It would in my opinion, get dismissed before it even got into court.

    And the Minnesota Vikings could file a lawsuit back at Kluwe and take him for all the money he has for demeaning the franchise.

    So I actually want him to take it to court.

    To see his career destroyed.

  12. hawk3a1 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:42 PM

    I would have cut this guy too. Teams are only interested in performance, sensible contracts, and winning. Just another money grab by another attention seeker.

  13. rdrfan says: Jul 23, 2014 3:44 PM

    Screw that guy

  14. randomcommenter says: Jul 23, 2014 3:48 PM

    Why isn’t he in a camp right now working out for a team? Because he doesn’t care about football and only wants to set himself up to be a successful blogger or talking head on MSNBC.

  15. floreskins says: Jul 23, 2014 3:53 PM

    Turns out Mr. Holier Than Thou was really just in it for the money, after all.

  16. duluthvikesfan says: Jul 23, 2014 3:53 PM

    This is what Kluwe and his lawyer have wanted all along. Why do you think Kluwe keeps running off with his mouth without his lawyer telling him to shut up? Why do you think they came out and said they will sue if they don’t release the findings of the investigation, even though only the week before Kluwe’s lawyer sent an email saying he didn’t want it released and admitted the Vikings had never agreed to release it? This has all been about making the Vikings want to settle out of court because Kluwe knows he can’t win in court.

  17. dragonfly99 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    Pure money grab. Go out and get a job like the rest of society.

  18. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    Chris Kluwe >>>>>>> lil’ richie incognito

  19. crapsandviche says: Jul 23, 2014 3:56 PM

    Something tells me, now that Kluwe’s Penn State ‘Culture’ joke has come out about him cutting holes in his pants to express his thoughts about Penn State’s ‘Culture’ to a former Penn State coach (who had nothing to do with the Sandusky scandal) has cause Kluwe to feel a little butt hurt. They’ll negotiate, for a long time, till Kluwe & Vikes walks away with nothing but a confidentiality clause. Wilfs will probably make a donation to some charity (of which Kluwe won’t be matching) and this chapter of sad little Kluwe will be over.

  20. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Jul 23, 2014 3:57 PM

    BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Don’t cave to this COWARD!

    The real settlement should be Kluwe paying the Sandusky victims.

    Maybe the vikings should countersue and say he was tanking his punting duty because he disagreed the opinion of his coach.

  21. schmitty2 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:57 PM

    Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will absolutely, positively sue the Vikings this week.

    Unless he doesn’t.

    Florio, you really need to stop with the “unless he doesn’t” “unless they dont” schtick.

  22. fwippel says: Jul 23, 2014 4:00 PM

    Now that his own behavior of mocking the victims of Jerry Sandusky has come under scrutiny, chances are Kluwe’s lawyers had a “come to reality” meeting with him.

    Kluwe now looks far less sympathetic. While continuing to portray Mike Priefer’s comments as a crime against humanity, he brushes off his own behavior as nothing more than the Vikings trying to smear him. That is not a rational thought process.

    The Vikings are probably very willing to take this to trial. All they’ll need to do is start asking Kluwe questions, and showing the jury Kluwe’s acidic, profanity laced comments he’s made over the years.

    The Vikings were right to suspend Priefer for his comments. But the reality of this situation is that Kluwe was using the gay-rights platform to promote his own personal vendetta against Priefer and the Vikings.

    That’s why Kluwe waited until Leslie Frazier was fired to go public with this, thinking that Priefer, unlikely to be retained by a new head coach, would almost surely never work again in the NFL once these charges came out. When that didn’t happen, Kluwe’s angry response spoke for itself.

  23. datageek94 says: Jul 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    IMO this has been a case of extortion from the start, and even if it’s expedient, I hope the team refuses to give this jerk a single dime. Let me take that back. The team should offer the equivalent of a $0.01 tip in a restaurant, offer a settlement in the amount of $0.10.

  24. SilentMajority says: Jul 23, 2014 4:11 PM

    Settlement talks should like this: “You were cut because you’re not a good punter anymore, which is why your not punting in the league anymore…”

  25. youngs79 says: Jul 23, 2014 4:17 PM

    As Colonel Klink once said, You get nothing!

  26. stellarperformance says: Jul 23, 2014 4:20 PM

    If Kluwe gets money out of this deal, he has already said he will donate it to the LBGT causes. Good for him, because it isn’t about money and he already has money.

    This is about an employer that hires bigots, and Kluwe had enough.

    He has my support.

  27. natelan says: Jul 23, 2014 4:25 PM

    They saw Kluwe’s finger on the big, red button and balked! Kluwe is a genius!

    Kluwe promised to engage in mutually-assured destruction and won!

    I love this guy! Not in *that* way though…

  28. natelan says: Jul 23, 2014 4:29 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jul 23, 2014 3:41 PM
    Chris Kluwe would completely get destroyed in a Jury Trial and he knows it.

    The Attorney defending the Minnesota Vikings could get so much information and use it against him with all his posts on twitter, stories from other players about him in the locker room “Such as the Penn State harassment deal.

    It would in my opinion, get dismissed before it even got into court.

    And the Minnesota Vikings could file a lawsuit back at Kluwe and take him for all the money he has for demeaning the franchise.

    So I actually want him to take it to court.

    To see his career destroyed.
    —————————————-

    I read your post and thought, “Wow, this person is completely wrong about everything they just typed, particularly legal options for the Vikings”, and then I peered at the name and realized it was thepftpoet, who has gained what little notoriety he has by being over-the-top wrong about everything he writes on this website. You clearly must be joking, just like you are always joking about the Vikings being a good team.

  29. wolfiereasonedlife says: Jul 23, 2014 4:40 PM

    I find it remarkable how almost everyone sides with management against the workers in almost every labor dispute. That probably explains why most Americans vote against their own self-interest (cough, Conservatives, cough). In regards to money grab issue, if memory serves I believe any monies derived from a settlement will first go to the lawyers then to some LGT fund not to Kluwe. Lastly in regards to one side or the other blinking. While all of us can probably agree that we’d all like this to go away, all of us, some of us would like to see the Vikings held accountable for continuing to employ people in management positions who hold and espouse views where upwards of 10-20% of Americans should be rounded up and nuked. I strongly suspect the team is more afraid of what will come out of Kluwe’s mouth than Kluwe is afraid of what they will sling at him. One side of that equation has a shield to protect.

  30. madddogg365 says: Jul 23, 2014 5:40 PM

    Viking Gate!!!!!!!!!

  31. gayforbrady says: Jul 23, 2014 5:42 PM

    I would love to see Kluwe get a huge judgment and then decide no to give it to the special needs community.

  32. Aaron Rodgers has Tiny Hands says: Jul 23, 2014 9:58 PM

    Kluwe has nothing to lose and the Vikings have everything to lose by going to court. Kluwe doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him but the Vikings do. Therefore, settling is smart for the Vikings and strong evidence that Kluwe knows he doesn’t really have anything.

  33. coachbeck says: Jul 24, 2014 3:46 AM

    Kluwe is a dirtbag.

    Why does he think we or anyone else cares about his politics.

    He should sue to join the 49ers then he will be at homes.

  34. gtodriver says: Jul 24, 2014 7:47 AM

    Bottom line….

    Kluwe blinked.

    I’m getting bored with the little boy that cried wolf.

  35. knew8411 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    If this were really about his “cause” (gay & lesbian equality) would we be talking about a “settlement”?
    I just wish this guy would come out & say it….”Being a pseudo rock star, and gay & lesbian rights activist, doesnt pay very well. I suck at punting & can no longer hack the NFL. So I need some scratch.
    I dont think I’d have any more respect for him….but someone else just might.

  36. fmc651 says: Jul 25, 2014 12:54 PM

    Always some packer fan like stellarperformance to side with Kluwe. We all know if this was Kluwe going to sue the packers it would be a completely different response. The facts came out and Kluwe lost the battle of public opinion. He looks like a turd, self promoter now . If Pfeifer was this bigot as you say he was Stellar, why couldn’t Kluwe come up with more than one comment? He coached him for years, again only one comment.

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