Monday September 15th, 2014

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that his only regret over the saga with special teams coach Mike Priefer is not "recording everything that was said" to him.

Kluwe recently reached a settlement with the Vikings to avoid his threatened lawsuit over the allegations that he was released because of his public support for marriage equality and that Priefer repeatedly used homophobic language around Kluwe.

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That followed a six-month investigation by the team, concluded in July, which found that Kluwe was released for football-only reasons but that Priefer did make a homophobic remark as Kluwe claimed, for which Priefer was suspended three games. Priefer's suspension was reduced to two games after he completed sensitivity training.

More from Kluwe:

"Hopefully, the training was helpful. Hopefully, it showed how hurtful those kinds of words can be. And, ultimately, hopefully it will be something moving forward that the Vikings will remain committed to doing the right thing."

"It would be nice (if Priefer apologized), but I don't think it would happen,'' said Kluwe, who hasn't spoken to Priefer since he was released. "I doubt we'll ever talk again, but you never know anything for certain.''

Kluwe originally made his claims against the Vikings in a first-person essay published on Deadspin on Jan. 2. He was released by the team in May 2013.

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Priefer returned to work with Minnesota on Monday.

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