Ex-punter Chris Kluwe to pursue lawsuit vs Vikings

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will pursue his case against the team despite the suspension of special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer for the first three games next season for making a homophobic remark in 2012.

Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, said they plan to file a suit against the Vikings in Minnesota state court next week.

Kluwe’s camp plans to request the full 150-page report on the six-month independent investigation conducted by the Vikings, who released just a 29-page summary of the probe.

The punter criticized the report’s summary, saying it contained an inaccurate representation Priefer’s conduct.

Kluwe also stood by his initial allegation that Priefer routinely criticized him for his support of same-sex marriage in 2012.

In the report, long snapper Cullen Loeffler told investigators he remembered Priefer saying something about “putting all the gays on an island and nuking it” during the 2012 season.

Priefer, who earlier had denied the allegation in a Jan. 6 meeting with investigators, apologized for the remark in a Friday statement.

Kluwe is confident a trial would support his allegation that Priefer made more than one homophobic remark, adding he’s prepared to be in a legal battle “for the long haul.”

“I think there’s a big difference between guys (talking) to independent investigators and guys being willing to perjure themselves,” Kluwe said. “They might remember things differently if it turns out there’s actual jail time at stake.”

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