Kluwe, Vikings settle their differences

AP

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.

104 responses to “Kluwe, Vikings settle their differences

  1. 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?

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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!”

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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…..

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

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

  19. 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.

  20. .
    Without Kluhe, real NFL fans can finally focus on what’s really important : Michael Sam and Manziel.
    .

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.
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    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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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…

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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.

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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?

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. They don’t know a class act when they see one
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    Guess that’s why Packer fans are so easily recognized in Minnesota — that or the half eaten sausage stuck to their tooth….

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