Vikings to host LGBTQ fundraiser as part of Chris Kluwe settlement

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In 2014, the Vikings announced a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe over his departure from the team the previous year, which included the team making donations to groups fighting for marriage equality and others causes.

They’re going to deliver on that promise in June.

According to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings will host a summit and fundraiser at their team headquarters on June 21 “to promote LGBTQ inclusion in sports and raise money for LGBTQ groups.”

The settlement stemmed from Kluwe’s threat to sue the team, after special teams coordinator Mike Priefer used anti-gay language. Priefer still works for the Vikings.

“We obviously had our issues a while ago, but this is our way of looking forward and trying to figure out how we make sure that we set the stage for that not to happen again,” Kluwe said. “I think that it’s the ideal outcome in that, at the end of the day, hopefully this will help a lot of people that otherwise might not have gotten that help.”

Kluwe said he hoped Priefer will attend the event, which will feature panel discussions of how players and coaches can makes sports more welcoming to LGBTQ athletes.

Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren said the Vikings will plan on holding a similar summit in the future, and hope to involve other local teams.

“We definitely want to make sure this is not a one-time event. I can say that with confidence,” Warren said.

Kluwe will speak at the event, along with former Olympic diver Greg Louganis and longtime NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo.

40 responses to “Vikings to host LGBTQ fundraiser as part of Chris Kluwe settlement

  1. This is wonderful to see. It’s rare to see players or teams (in any sport) works towards inclusion and respect towards others. LGBTQ causes have long been ignored by the NFL, mostly due to an out of touch need to be macho in all things. Remember guys, if you support LGBTQ causes, everyone won’t think you are gay. Welcome to the 21st century, it’s about darn time.

  2. You know what, when I started reading this article my first thoughts were that Kluwe just can’t help digging that knife in a little harder… yet after finished the article I realised that this is after all a truly worthy cause and one that should be embraced by the whole community. Kluwe and the Vikings may have had their differences in the past, but this is a way for both sides to appreciate that they each benefited from eachother, and by moving on from their indifferences, a lot of other people will benefit from this and all future events.

  3. Isn’t raising money for a select group, no matter what the group discriminatory by the definition

  4. The Vikings should worry more about how they are going to get out of the Kirk Cousins contract once they play a few teams with winning records and see what it is they actually purchased

  5. nhpats says:

    May 16, 2018 at 8:22 am

    The Vikings should worry more about how they are going to get out of the Kirk Cousins contract once they play a few teams with winning records and see what it is they actually purchased

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    Does Kirk Cousin’s play defense? His plays is very little reason to do with losing games. The Redskins defense has been bottom of the league for the past 3 years. It’s a team game, and the Redskins are not a good team. These comments are so dumb.

  6. When I see a bunch of thumbs down on very positive posts it confirms there is indeed still a problem not just with PFT commenters but in society. I applaud this event and hope it continues.

  7. Sapience says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:00 am
    When I see a bunch of thumbs down on very positive posts it confirms there is indeed still a problem not just with PFT commenters but in society. I applaud this event and hope it continues.
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    The problem being … that people have different opinions about things?

  8. nhpats says:
    May 16, 2018 at 8:22 am
    The Vikings should worry more about how they are going to get out of the Kirk Cousins contract once they play a few teams with winning records and see what it is they actually purchased
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    The Vikings went 13-3 with a third string QB that was paid $2 million. Is Kirk Cousins worth $28 million? Debatable. Is he worth his arm talent and two good knees to the Vikings and Mike Zimmer at this point in time? You better believe it.

  9. RFC716 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 8:17 am
    Isn’t raising money for a select group, no matter what the group discriminatory by the definition

    Yea…those girl scouts selling cookies surreee are discriminating.

  10. ajzinnecker says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:00 am
    nhpats says:

    May 16, 2018 at 8:22 am

    The Vikings should worry more about how they are going to get out of the Kirk Cousins contract once they play a few teams with winning records and see what it is they actually purchased

    —————–

    Does Kirk Cousin’s play defense? His plays is very little reason to do with losing games. The Redskins defense has been bottom of the league for the past 3 years. It’s a team game, and the Redskins are not a good team. These comments are so dumb.

    ————

    Based on how the Eagles offense handled the Vikings in the NFCCG, the Vikings offense cannot rely on the Vikings’ defense to win anything. Cousins will need to put up 30+ per game against good teams. He can’t and he won’t.

  11. LOL, I love how Vikings fans completely bash the whole Redskins team to prop up Cousins…… Good players don’t need that many excuses, if any at all. Think about that.

  12. I don’t get how people that don’t in any way harm anyone can receive so much justified hate from total strangers? Let them have their piece. It doesn’t effect us. Why be upset about it?

  13. bk617 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:46 am
    Sapience says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:00 am
    When I see a bunch of thumbs down on very positive posts it confirms there is indeed still a problem not just with PFT commenters but in society. I applaud this event and hope it continues.
    ———————————————–
    The problem being … that people have different opinions about things?
    —————–
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. Not everyone has a right to be respected for it.

  14. May 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

    LOL, I love how Vikings fans completely bash the whole Redskins team to prop up Cousins…… Good players don’t need that many excuses, if any at all. Think about that.

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    Drew Brees played at a High Level in 2014, 2015, and 2016 but they failed to win many games and make the playoffs. They went 7-9. They hadn’t made the playoffs until last year when their defense improved finally. We aren’t bashing a Redskins team to prop anything. Good players have bad years, because of bad supporting casts. That’s just a fact. We also aren’t guaranteeing anything. I think we should wait and see how he actually does on a better team before we say he is no good. There are very few exceptional players who can evaluate an entire team. Only one player comes to mind that could evaluate that entire Redskins team. His name….Aaron Rodgers.

  15. bk617 says:

    May 16, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Sapience says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:00 am
    When I see a bunch of thumbs down on very positive posts it confirms there is indeed still a problem not just with PFT commenters but in society. I applaud this event and hope it continues.
    ———————————————–

    The problem being … that people have different opinions about things?
    ——————————————————————————–
    Bigotry and intolerance are not the “different opinions” this country were founded on… Our execution has been poor at times, but equal rights and freedom for all was the original intent. Oh, and equal rights and freedom do have limitations under our laws when it comes to discrimination and hate speech.

  16. nhpats says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:03 am
    ajzinnecker says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:00 am
    nhpats says:

    May 16, 2018 at 8:22 am

    The Vikings should worry more about how they are going to get out of the Kirk Cousins contract once they play a few teams with winning records and see what it is they actually purchased

    —————–

    Does Kirk Cousin’s play defense? His plays is very little reason to do with losing games. The Redskins defense has been bottom of the league for the past 3 years. It’s a team game, and the Redskins are not a good team. These comments are so dumb.

    ————

    Based on how the Eagles offense handled the Vikings in the NFCCG, the Vikings offense cannot rely on the Vikings’ defense to win anything. Cousins will need to put up 30+ per game against good teams. He can’t and he won’t.

    _________

    That’s one game. ONE GAME with a banged-up defense. But go ahead and count the Vikings D out if that delusion makes you feel better. And good luck with that.

  17. bk617 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:46 am
    Sapience says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:00 am
    When I see a bunch of thumbs down on very positive posts it confirms there is indeed still a problem not just with PFT commenters but in society. I applaud this event and hope it continues.
    ———————————————–

    The problem being … that people have different opinions about things?
    ________________
    When those opinions are discriminatory and bigoted, then yes that’s a problem.

  18. Liberalsruineverything says:
    May 16, 2018 at 9:59 am
    nhpats says:
    May 16, 2018 at 8:22 am
    The Vikings should worry more about how they are going to get out of the Kirk Cousins contract once they play a few teams with winning records and see what it is they actually purchased
    —————————————
    The Vikings went 13-3 with a third string QB that was paid $2 million. Is Kirk Cousins worth $28 million? Debatable. Is he worth his arm talent and two good knees to the Vikings and Mike Zimmer at this point in time? You better believe it.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Great post, Liberalsruineverything, even better screen name. You make common sense. Those Viking fans in the KNOW, understand that Keenum has a certain bar. He played great last year, but average at important times, and very below average in the NFCCG. Colin Cowherd broke down the Keenum vs. Cousins dilemma perfectly. He took each qbs best season AND their worst season, and threw them out. He then took an average of their stats, and Cousins accuracy, TDs, INTs, etc. was WELL ahead of Keenum. In other words, the average was what you could probabaly expect to see over the next few years. I doubt Keenum can repeat last year. He is a good QB. Cousins can be great. Yes, most emphatically, Captain Kirk is worth the money. Vikes built to win NOW and in the forseeable future.
    SKOL!!!!!

  19. Odd. I thought good QBs just carried garbage rosters on their backs to the postseason year in and year out.
    Or at least that’s the way it’s been explained to me by a certain fan base.

  20. So you say (not actually do) anything even remotely against “lgbtq-xyzlmnop” and teams will throw expensive parties to make sure your feelings don’t get hurt. Protest the systematic oppression and outright murder of people and you get kicked out of the league.

  21. wafflestomp says:

    May 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Odd. I thought good QBs just carried garbage rosters on their backs to the postseason year in and year out.
    Or at least that’s the way it’s been explained to me by a certain fan base.

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    Lets not mistaken Good for Great. Rodgers is a fantastic, great QB. Kirk might be in the top 10, but make no mistake. No one in Vikings land thinks he’s even remotely close to Aaron Rodgers.

  22. Bigotry and intolerance are not the “different opinions” this country were founded on… Our execution has been poor at times, but equal rights and freedom for all was the original intent. Oh, and equal rights and freedom do have limitations under our laws when it comes to discrimination and hate speech.

    Actually, this country WAS founded with a first amendment, and what you call “hate” speech is protected under that very same first amendment, as long as it is not a direct call for violence or insurrection. Try and arrest someone for “hate speech” and see what happens. (in the United States, not Canada, which has no first amendment and does arrest people for “hate” speech). As Justice Brandeis wrote; “the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” Whitney v. California, 47 S.Ct. 641, 649, 274 U.S. 357, 377 (U.S.,1927)

  23. Actually the Minnesota Vikings organization is one of the few sports franchises that absolutely embrace the LGBTQ community and welcome gay players and staff members in their organization.

  24. Kluwe was one of the best things about the Vikings. It’s a shame they ran him out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered, but kept the bigoted neanderthal Priefer.

  25. I couldn’t care less but I guess this is what happens when coaches say stupid things. Pay for it, host it and then get back to the business of getting ready to play football.

  26. peoriaviking says:
    May 16, 2018 at 5:52 pm
    Actually, this country WAS founded with a first amendment, and what you call “hate” speech is protected under that very same first amendment, as long as it is not a direct call for violence or insurrection.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Sure. That’s just one of the many reasons our country was already great.

    But as someone previously pointed out; Everyone has a right to an opinion, but no one has a right to be respected for that opinion.

  27. stellarperformance says:

    May 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Kluwe was one of the best things about the Vikings. It’s a shame they ran him out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered, but kept the bigoted neanderthal Priefer.

    —————

    A punter is one of the best thing about the Vikings? lol. Naw…this guy was whiny and more focused on his own personal causes than on football. That’s why they got rid of it. Always hated him.

  28. It’s good to know that the Vikings are so inclusive as to include the LGBTQ community, I was getting worried that everyone forgot about this maligned, neglected group. If only the Vikings were so focused on winning a Lombardi Trophy, think of what they really could do.

  29. whatjusthapped says:
    May 18, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    It’s good to know that the Vikings are so inclusive as to include the LGBTQ community, I was getting worried that everyone forgot about this maligned, neglected group. If only the Vikings were so focused on winning a Lombardi Trophy, think of what they really could do.
    —————————————

    If only the Packers were focused on building a team instead of riding the coattails of the two best QBs they will ever have they would both have more rings than Trent Dilfer.

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