Chris Kluwe Reaches Settlement With Minnesota Vikings Over Alleged LGBT Discrimination


Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer was at the center of the investigation into claims of homophobia.

Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement after the former Vikings punter accused the team of releasing him over his outspoken LGBT equality advocacy and threatened to sue.

In a Deadspin column published in January, Kluwe said he was “pretty confident” his advocacy was the reason for his release after the 2013 season. His heaviest accusation was against Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer, whom Kluwe said had made disparaging comments about gays. Kluwe threatened to sue the team after it refused to release the findings of an independent internal investigation into his accusations (the team released a summary that acknowledged Preifer’s “nuke all the gays” remarks but said Kluwe was not released due to his advocacy). But the two sides reached a settlement this week, and Kluwe disclosed some of the terms in a string of tweets this morning:

“I believe the Vikings are committed to being leaders on the subject of homophobia in sports, and will work to make significant change,” Kluwe tweeted. He also noted that the report will not be released to the public. “Our worry there was that there were systemic problems being covered up, but there weren’t,” he tweeted. Kluwe said he will not get any money as a result of the settlement.

“We appreciate Chris Kluwe’s contributions to the Minnesota Vikings as a player and a member of this organization during his eight seasons in which he established many team records as our punter, and we wish him and his family the best in the future,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement posted on the team’s web site. “In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff.”