Report: Chris Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement
Chris Kluwe's lawyer said Friday that a settlement has been reached with the Minnesota Vikings after the former punter alleged homophobic remarks were made by an assistant coach in 2012, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
A press conference to announce the settlement is planned for Monday.
“We intend to hold a press conference regarding a settlement being reached amongst the parties,” Clayton Halunen, Kluwe's lawyer, wrote in a text to the Pioneer Press.
Halunen in an earlier text indicated the announcement would be Monday.
“We will have a statement Monday about a settlement,” Halunen first wrote Friday, the day after a second meeting with the Vikings on settlement talks.
In January, Kluwe published an essay on Deadspin titled "I was an NFL Player Until I was Fired by Two Cowards and A Bigot." In the essay, he alleged that he was released from the team for his public support of marriage equality and that special teams coach Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks in Kluwe's presence.
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The Vikings launched an investigation into Kluwe allegations, which ultimately concluded that he had been released for football reasons. However, Priefer was suspended for three games following the release of the investigation.
After the Vikings released what Halunen called a "scrubbed" version of the investigation, Kluwe announced his intention to sue the organization to make the report public and for $10 million in damages. He tweeted that any money won in the suit would be donated to LGBTQ charities. After he announced his intention to sue, Kluwe unloaded on the Vikings on Twitter, referencing, among other things, a time when "two very well known Vikings players were caught in a compromising situation with an underage girl."
Remember, this is what the Vikings promised for six months. Why did they suddenly change their mind when they got the report? What's in it? — Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 21, 2014
Kluwe also launched a Change.org petition urging the Vikings to release the full report. The petition has more than 78,000 signatures.
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