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The Minnesota Vikings have hired attorney Ted Wells to help reach a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe. Kluwe alleges the team released him in May 2013 because he supported same-sex marriage rights.

By SI Wire
July 29, 2014

The Minnesota Vikings have hired attorney Ted Wells to help reach a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kluwe alleges the team released him in May 2013 because of his vocal support for same-sex marriage rights. After the team released a report saying he was released for football reasons, Kluwe said he intended to sue the team and donate all damages to LGBT charities.

He has not filed a lawsuit yet, as the two sides have agreed to speak and attempt to reach a settlement.

The Vikings suspended special teams coach Mike Priefer for three games following the investigation.

The NFL hired Wells last year to investigate Jonathan Martin's claims of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room.

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- Paul Palladino

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