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Kluwe, Vikings settle their differences

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A month ago, the Vikings and punter Chris Kluwe seemed to be headed for a knock-down, drag-out litigation extravaganza.  Now, not.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Kluwe’s lawyer says Vikings and the punter they cut in May 2013 have struck a deal.  Kluwe claims that the termination resulted from his advocacy for gay rights.

“We intend to hold a press conference regarding a settlement being reached amongst the parties,” lawyer Clayton Halunen told Tomasson.

Typically, civil settlements include a confidentiality agreement that restrict all public or private comments to something like this:  “The matter has been resolved.”  Given the intensely public nature of the Kluwe-Vikings feud, there’s a good chance that both sides will agree to a disclosure of at least some of the terms, especially if the money changing hands will go to charities that support gay rights.

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  1. chut26 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:51 PM

    Good maybe now he will just go away.

  2. niko0063 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:54 PM

    So I assume this will be the last time we hear from kluwe (most sarcastic voice ever)

  3. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 15, 2014 5:54 PM

    He escaped purgatory. Good for him.

  4. banlarson says: Aug 15, 2014 5:54 PM

    Finally. Now go away Kluwe and live in your World of Warcraft world.

  5. mrplow3 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:55 PM

    especially if the money changing hands will go to charities that support gay rights.

    Why would you assume a sniveling little weasel like Kluwe would give one dime of that settlement money to a charity?

  6. hakunamangata says: Aug 15, 2014 5:55 PM

    So much for those so called principals huh Chris?

  7. JMClarkent says: Aug 15, 2014 5:55 PM

    They’ll pay for one year of Warcraft and buy him a robe that reads “1337 Punting Wizard”?

  8. v2787 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:56 PM

    You can always tell the real pioneers: they’re the ones with the arrows in their backs.

  9. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 15, 2014 5:56 PM

    Gawd, it sucks here in Loserville!

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 15, 2014 6:00 PM

    Good maybe now it will be less likely for teams to make messed up choices that inspire some players to want to help clean or clear things up.

  11. misterfuji1982 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:00 PM

    Good for Kluwe, standing up for what’s right.

  12. hennessey1200hp says: Aug 15, 2014 6:01 PM

    If the whole report would have been released Kluwe would have suffered more than the Vikes… So some say. So glad we can move on. SKOL

  13. Marshawn Lunch says: Aug 15, 2014 6:02 PM

    Charities? Kluwe is going for the straight cash grab. This isn’t about anyone’s rights. This is about Kluwe lookin’ to get paid.

  14. seatownballers says: Aug 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    6-10 is the goal

  15. 1952vikefan says: Aug 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    good now he can retire hope bridgewater can make the #5 jersey respectable again

  16. ducksk says: Aug 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    Kluwe = ferret face

  17. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 15, 2014 6:04 PM

    big pack guy here. I speak for everyone when I say GOOD, we’re sick of hearing about it!!!

    >

  18. gayforbrady says: Aug 15, 2014 6:06 PM

    I used to be a big fan of Chloe with gay rights but now I’m a big supporter of hypocrite rights

  19. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 15, 2014 6:07 PM

    Can we get to some news about teams that are actually relevant now?
    Notably the Seahawks and 49ers

  20. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 15, 2014 6:09 PM

    So the Vikings don’t have a Kluwe. I knew that.

  21. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:09 PM

    Wanna know who the best punter in the league is? Sepulveda.

  22. prideof10000lakes says: Aug 15, 2014 6:12 PM

    Unfortunately the believe NFL team of the most beautiful state in the contiguous 48 (close second are Washington and Montana but minnesota wins because of the diversity of landscapes and clean glacial lakes) is just another example that being politically correct/ appearing politically correct is more important than rewarding the employees who perform the best, regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

  23. footballforeseer says: Aug 15, 2014 6:12 PM

    VIKINGS LAWYERS:

    KLUWES LAWYERS:

  24. hardkor07mn says: Aug 15, 2014 6:12 PM

    There is no way that Kluwe/con artist will give one cent of that money to charity. He’s a self absorbed hole that can’t get over himself. Go away forever!!!

  25. glennsyank13 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:13 PM

    So it was about the money, and not exposing the Vikings? Chris, your agenda is now known, and it was about the money, and not what is right.

  26. chinahand11 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:13 PM

    Maybe the topic isn’t palatable, but Kluwe stood up for what he thought is right. And he won, there would be no settlement if the other side thought they would win.

  27. douchebigelow says: Aug 15, 2014 6:13 PM

    Stinking hippie

  28. Getoffmylawn! says: Aug 15, 2014 6:17 PM

    Finally, they kissed and made up. Now let’s get to football.

  29. purplengold says: Aug 15, 2014 6:18 PM

    Now he can put a band together and concentrate on playing bass again.

  30. clamdiggers says: Aug 15, 2014 6:21 PM

    More successfull career than Bridgewater

  31. southridge23 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:21 PM

    what exactly does a charity for gay rights mean? People for it are for it and those against are against. Where does that money go? Trying to convince the bible-belt for inclusion?!

  32. f1restarter says: Aug 15, 2014 6:24 PM

    The Vikings must have paid him a trainload of cash to get him to sell out his principles like that.

    Obviously Kluwe has the morals of an alley cat. And the Vikings are even lower.

  33. FlashPatterson says: Aug 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    I really hope they didn’t give him a dime. They should’ve drawn this process out until he was broke. He’s just bitter because nobody wants him.

  34. magicmtndan says: Aug 15, 2014 6:30 PM

    Kluwe says he’s an advocate of gay rights but first and foremost he’s a graduate of the Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson graduate school of shaking down corporations for big money.

    Nothing like saying you’re for gay/minority rights when it’s all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and that’s the business those 3 con men are in.

  35. masher1965 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:33 PM

    Mr Stand up for Ideals got paid off. Typical lying weasel . The money for his favorite charities will be the “Chris Klewe helps himself to the money” charity because Chris Klewe is a dirtbag ” . Maybe he can now make fun of some more kids that were raped

  36. idolized1 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:33 PM

    Can we still send him to an island and nuke it?

  37. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Aug 15, 2014 6:34 PM

    an indoor punter’s last push for the ole cash register.
    well played sir.
    now disappear and go play in the special interest political arena you tried to drag the vikings and the nfl into.

  38. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 15, 2014 6:36 PM

    So…a little bit of time has passed and all I can tell you is…life here in loserville still sucks!

  39. hauts81 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:39 PM

    chinahand11 says:
    Aug 15, 2014 6:13 PM

    Maybe the topic isn’t palatable, but Kluwe stood up for what he thought is right. And he won, there would be no settlement if the other side thought they would win.

    ———————————————-

    Did he win? Why did he settle? His lawyer said they were gonna file a lawsuit on a certain date and Kluwe seemed anxious to get the Vikings in court. That date came and there was no lawsuit because both sides agreed to keep talking.

    This was never about standing up for gay rights. Kluwe was butt hurt about getting cut and wanted somebody to blame.

  40. folkcrusader says: Aug 15, 2014 6:40 PM

    Kluwe never asked for any money for himself. He asked for $1 million donated to charity and certain length suspension for the coach. The vikings were at $100,000 and he said no. Presumably they settled somewhere between those two numbers.

  41. speakadatrut says: Aug 15, 2014 6:40 PM

    PLEASE tell me this includes a GAG ORDER for this LOSER!

  42. dave4nyfg says: Aug 15, 2014 6:42 PM

    southridge23 says:
    Aug 15, 2014 6:21 PM
    what exactly does a charity for gay rights mean? People for it are for it and those against are against. Where does that money go? Trying to convince the bible-belt for inclusion?!

    ——

    Seriously?

  43. kingpel says: Aug 15, 2014 6:43 PM

    What ever they paid this loser was well worth it. With his legal leverage gone he now becomes irrelevant once again. So long Kluwe!

  44. briang123 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:47 PM

    Kluwe: “Gays rights is an important issue and I will stand up for no matter…….wait, how much money, now that my career is over and the NFL paychecks aren’t coming anymore? Gay rights, schmay rights. Pay da man!”

  45. justintuckrule says: Aug 15, 2014 6:49 PM

    Why did Vikings settle? Thought they did nothing wrong. They have all the money in the world and could crush Kluwe and his little attorney like a bug but didn’t. Open your eyes people!!! Kluwe was in the right.

    Congrats Chris Kluwe! Way to stand up for your beliefs and fight the good fight. Wish more people were as courageous as you. Good luck in your future endeavors!

  46. 1964bclions says: Aug 15, 2014 6:49 PM

    I care little about Mr. Kluwe.

    Even less about The Vikings, the state they play in, or their horrid history.

    However I must read every PFT post, so I can read every PFT football fan’s reply.

    Some of you out there are just plain brilliant and should be writing for Jimmy Fallon.

  47. universalchurchoftruth says: Aug 15, 2014 6:54 PM

    If the Vikings have given Kluwe anything more than superfluous compilations that give Kluwe the path to go away while still saving face, I’ll be shocked.

  48. davetrembley says: Aug 15, 2014 6:56 PM

    Good for Kluwe. He raged against the machine, and the machine caved. Here’s to the individual who stands by their principles. SKOL.

  49. duluthvikesfan says: Aug 15, 2014 6:59 PM

    Funny how this went from a steamrolling Kluwe who was demanding justice and for heads to roll because of an off color joke, to Kluwe getting real quiet all of a sudden and willing to settle as soon as the report showed Kluwe made fun of the Sandusky victims. But I’m sure you were just kidding around just like Priefer wa…. wait a minute…..

  50. jerlee7 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:03 PM

    Looks like his convictions were VERY strong. Probably 7 figure strong. Stay classy

  51. ragnarthegreat says: Aug 15, 2014 7:05 PM

    I was going to say something profound but then I was afraid I might offend somebody and wind up having to pay them off.

  52. chiefdub206 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:06 PM

    Looks like the Vikings are the one that punted this time. No take on this from PFTpoet? Viking troll

  53. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 15, 2014 7:13 PM

    The bitter viking whiners out in full force I see. There is no one to blame but the bigoted coach and the dysfunctional franchise that tried to cover it up. Leave it to a loser fan base to blame Kluwe.

  54. 6ball says: Aug 15, 2014 7:16 PM

    .
    Without Kluhe, real NFL fans can finally focus on what’s really important : Michael Sam and Manziel.
    .

  55. purpleguy says: Aug 15, 2014 7:17 PM

    I just can’t believe the Vikes would agree that Kluwe was terminated for his advocacy on gay rights when that most likely wasn’t the case. Priefer clearly was a bigot, and deserved punishment, but it is much harder to believe they didn’t dump him to go younger, cheaper and better. I’ll buy another factor — that the guy was a distraction to the team even in the face of the Head Coach who asked him to tone down all the publicity stuff. However, admitting to the distraction factor doesn’t mean he was canned because of his actual position or beliefs — those are very different. Regardless, smart move by both sides.

  56. thebiffer says: Aug 15, 2014 7:22 PM

    magicmtndan says:
    Aug 15, 2014 6:30 PM

    Kluwe says he’s an advocate of gay rights but first and foremost he’s a graduate of the Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson graduate school of shaking down corporations for big money.

    Nothing like saying you’re for gay/minority rights when it’s all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and that’s the business those 3 con men are in.

    ——-

    The best comment of the day. It basically sum up their entire play book

  57. cheeseisfattening says: Aug 15, 2014 7:24 PM

    In case anyone did not noticed. Kluwe first lashed out about this at the same time Priefer’s name was being brought up as being on lists for head coaching candidates for some of the opening around the league at the time. Basically it was Kluwe throwing a tantrum because these two had bumped heads and now Kluwe’s career was over while Priefer’s career appeared to be rising.

  58. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 15, 2014 7:26 PM

    I trust all the Vike fans who said Chris was lying will admit they were wrong now

  59. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 15, 2014 7:31 PM

    The Viking franchise caved in similar fashion as they do on the field.

  60. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 15, 2014 7:34 PM

    And after that maybe they can teach Blair Walsh what “reprehensible” means, cuz I don’t think he’s using correctly.

  61. duluthvikesfan says: Aug 15, 2014 7:46 PM

    No one should be thinking this means Kluwe was right. Cases like this get settled out of court mostly to save money. Settlements are often cheaper than lawyers. Plus, I’m sure the team didn’t want this distraction going on into the regular season. This is no different than a parent buying their kid the candy bar in the grocery store just to shut him up. You know you shouldn’t reward the kid for a tantrum, but he’s being a pain in the rear so you just want to shut him up.

  62. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 15, 2014 7:55 PM

    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Aug 15, 2014 6:04 PM

    big pack guy here. I speak for everyone when I say GOOD, we’re sick of hearing about it!!!

    Spoken like a true Viking troll. I understand your need to associate yourself with a winning franchise due to all the losing you have had to endure but any true fan sticks by their franchise even if they wear purple.

  63. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 15, 2014 8:00 PM

    duluthvikesfan says:
    Aug 15, 2014 7:46 PM

    No one should be thinking this means Kluwe was right. Cases like this get settled out of court mostly to save money. Settlements are often cheaper than lawyers. Plus, I’m sure the team didn’t want this distraction going on into the regular season. This is no different than a parent buying their kid the candy bar in the grocery store just to shut him up. You know you shouldn’t reward the kid for a tantrum, but he’s being a pain in the rear so you just want to shut him up.
    ————–

    What delusional dream world are you living in? He was proven right when the coach was suspended after the investigation and after a witness came forward to back Kluwe. Wow!

  64. catquick says: Aug 15, 2014 8:19 PM

    Kluwe is a thief

  65. akboot says: Aug 15, 2014 8:37 PM

    misterfuji1982 says:
    Aug 15, 2014 6:00 PM

    Good for Kluwe, standing up for what’s right.
    —————————————————-
    Um, didn’t they say in the story that details are being withheld? How in the world do YOU know he did what was right? You jump all over people b/c they didn’t have the full story when this first broke, and now look at you. Amazing. Your double standard cup runneth over.

  66. frostyviking says: Aug 15, 2014 8:52 PM

    I hope he enjoys the bag of donuts.

  67. corky2141 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:32 PM

    He got everything he wanted. Attention even though he is a has been & money even though he was cut. Whatever he does with it is his business but at the end of the day all he cared about was the cash.

  68. wwdnd says: Aug 15, 2014 9:36 PM

    Good God! You people are idoits! This wasn’t a cash grab, Kluwe had said all along he’s donating any settlement to charity. It also wasn’t Kluwe standing up for anything but himself. This is a publicity stunt and a shot at the team he feels betrayed him. Nothing more. Thank you PFT for making sure the crying baby got the attention he saught…

  69. fatguystrangler says: Aug 15, 2014 9:37 PM

    The Vikings gave Kluwe the sword of a thousand truths.

  70. golions1 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:52 PM

    For some reason, the Vikings and their lawyers allowed Kluwe and his lawyer to save face. We’ll probably never know, but I would estimate the settlement is for a token amount with a liquidated damages clause that would allow the Vikes to collect more from Kluwe if he breaches confidentiality than he collected in the settlement. Kluwe and his lawyer get to act like they got what they wanted, but that is probably about it.

  71. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 15, 2014 9:53 PM

    I hope this turd did not get any money.. hate it when unscrupulous people get away with blackmail

  72. diehardpanther says: Aug 15, 2014 10:02 PM

    Hmmm, so “standing up for the right thing” equals
    A. Making accusations against people that can be neither proven or disproven.
    And then
    B. Accepting a large amount of cash to shut up and go away.

    Chris Kluwe = Al Sharpton = Jesse Jackson = any liberal activist

  73. rcali says: Aug 15, 2014 10:07 PM

    Now that this fiasco is over does that mean more hating on “The Washington NFL Team” from the site?

  74. xbam1 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:18 PM

    i knew this chump would settle…now he is going to announce that he is giving all the money to gay rights groups and we all should be happy right? hell no….he should of aired all the dirty laundry he was hinting about but no he took the money….chump!

  75. stellarperformance says: Aug 15, 2014 10:29 PM

    Kluwe is a class act. That is why so many trolls and Minneanderthals are so upset. They don’t know what a class act is, and they fear the unknown.

  76. pftcoachmen says: Aug 15, 2014 10:30 PM

    Join us next week when Chris Kluwe draws a new lawsuit against the Raiders for cutting him in training camp.

  77. kilofox2014 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:39 PM

    themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 15, 2014 8:00 PM

    duluthvikesfan says:
    Aug 15, 2014 7:46 PM

    No one should be thinking this means Kluwe was right. Cases like this get settled out of court mostly to save money. Settlements are often cheaper than lawyers. Plus, I’m sure the team didn’t want this distraction going on into the regular season. This is no different than a parent buying their kid the candy bar in the grocery store just to shut him up. You know you shouldn’t reward the kid for a tantrum, but he’s being a pain in the rear so you just want to shut him up.
    ————–

    What delusional dream world are you living in? He was proven right when the coach was suspended after the investigation and after a witness came forward to back Kluwe. Wow!

    Proven right?….as Kluwe ran around the locker room with the back of his pants cut out pretending to be a Penn State victim…..Who’s delusional dream world are you living in? Kluwe was a fake and a shyster.

  78. rho1953 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:41 PM

    Now he can move on to his maybe career in the Arena League.

  79. mebj22 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:50 PM

    What about those poor underage girls? Not going to name wrongdoings now $$$

  80. mogogo1 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:27 PM

    Disgusting how this guy hijacked this cause for his own financial gain. What an opportunist. Crappy punter finds a way to get paid.

  81. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 16, 2014 12:10 AM

    I think this indicates that Kluwe didn’t have as much on the Vikings as he implied. The Vikings care about their public perception and Kluwe doesn’t, so it makes sense for the Vikings to settle. Kluwe would only settle if he knew he had no chance to win a civil suit.

  82. jollyjoker2 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:32 AM

    good gig if you know how to blackmail…although that word is not used any more – extort is better.

  83. witchrunner says: Aug 16, 2014 1:18 AM

    This is one of those times that we had the British Judicial System. There, the losing party pays the winning party’s attorney fees. Wonder if Kluwe would have been willing to sue if he knew he would be responsible if he lost? If he was Ray Guy, then I could understand it. But, it was questionable whether he should have been kicking in the NFL since he joined the league.

  84. guitarfreak21 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:20 AM

    Good, I hope he crawls under a rock on top of Mt. McKinley and is never heard from ever again!

  85. thetooloftools says: Aug 16, 2014 1:37 AM

    oh snap… he really wasn’t one of us!

  86. discosucs2005 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:48 AM

    Judging by the comments it seems people feel like this is a loss for Kluwe? Weren’t you the same people that said he’d never see a dime of money?

  87. truenorth84 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:29 AM

    Now to donate all that money like he said he would…

  88. thetooloftools says: Aug 16, 2014 2:51 AM

    He was a great punter?

  89. jimmysee says: Aug 16, 2014 4:49 AM

    The NFL needs more players like Kluwe, and fewer all-for-me diva showboaters.

  90. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 16, 2014 7:35 AM

    It’s official. Vike fans are delusional. It happened exactly the way Kluwe said it did.

  91. nyneal says: Aug 16, 2014 7:35 AM

    I just hope this is the last time we ever hear from or about Kluwe.

  92. nyneal says: Aug 16, 2014 7:46 AM

    A note to all gays who will be trying to play in the NFL in the future: please keep what you do in your bedrooms to yourselves.
    Just as I don’t want to hear what “straights” do behind closed doors, I don’t want to hear what you do.
    Mind you, I couldn’t care less what anyone does in private, as long as it’s not hurting someone else. I just want football to be about football and not all this extra crap.
    If you’re gay and you’re good enough to play in the NFL, so be it. I would cheer for you if you’re good just like any other player who’s good.
    But also realize you’re playing in a tough sport with tough coaches who are not graduates of sensitivity training.
    Be man enough to take a verbal pounding from a coach whose job it is to get the most out of his players and realize he will probably say stupid things at times, which he probably doesn’t really mean. It’s what coaches have done since the ancient times.
    If you can’t do that, get into another profession.

  93. thatswhatimsayin says: Aug 16, 2014 9:05 AM

    Saul Alinsky must be so proud.

  94. arianil985 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:07 AM

    Kluwe was always my favorite Viking because he played the most important position for them. I’m afraid that without him, we’ll need to have 2 punters on the roster to carry the workload.

  95. whatjusthapped says: Aug 16, 2014 9:54 AM

    Want the real scoop? Kluwe had a better chance to prevail in the law suit than the Vikings have of winning the Superbowl, which is the same as saying, No Chance at all, for both.

    So rather than drag it out and expose all the dirty laundry, Kluwe gets a window of escape by calling the press conference where he can claim some moral victory, a concept all Viking fans know well because through out the season, the Vikings will hang in a game only to lose it at the very end and then all the fans can claim if so and so only did such and such, the Vikings would have won.

    The Vikings real record this year is likely to be 6-10 but their moral record will be 14-2. The rest of the world would call this delusional, the Viking fans merely say, Wait till next year.

  96. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 16, 2014 10:42 AM

    Kluwe will not be an NFL punter in 2014.

  97. bong815 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:52 PM

    Hopefully it will also be the last time we hear from the idiot coach involved.

  98. rajbais says: Aug 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    kluwe was a star before being run out of the league and now he has fatugued us so much, we dont want to hear from him ever agan.

  99. stellarperformance says: Aug 16, 2014 6:50 PM

    Kluwe is a class act. That’s why he bothers the trolls and the Minneanderthals. They don’t know a class act when they see one and they fear the unknown.

  100. dcviking says: Aug 16, 2014 7:00 PM

    They don’t know a class act when they see one
    —————————

    Guess that’s why Packer fans are so easily recognized in Minnesota — that or the half eaten sausage stuck to their tooth….

  101. lnfinite says: Aug 16, 2014 8:02 PM

    Back to the shadows loser!!

  102. lordrahl121281 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:13 PM

    Now let’s see if he keeps his word and gives any money won to LGBT charities.

  103. codythoa35 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:38 PM

    Kluwe was my favorite Viking player of all time.

  104. defscottyb says: Aug 19, 2014 5:36 PM

    Nobody cares… The Vikings settled with Kluwe just to finally get rid of him. #GoAwayKluwe

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