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Retention of Priefer will prompt Kluwe lawsuit

By Mike Florio

Now that the Vikings have officially retained special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer despite the complaints made about him by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Kluwe’s lawyer is rattling the lawsuit sword. “My one word description is ‘outrageous,’” attorney Clayton Halunen told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s almost […]

Vikings Retain Special-Teams Coach

By By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Minnesota’s special-teams coordinator, Mike Priefer, the subject of a discrimination complaint filed by the former punter Chris Kluwe, will keep his job.

Source: New York Times

Mike Priefer might not be safe in Minnesota, after all

By Darin Gantt

When the Vikings announced Mike Zimmer’s full coaching staff this morning, the list included special teams coach Mike Priefer. But the Vikings might not be finished investigating, or deciding for sure that he’ll be back next year after he was accused of making homophobic comments by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. […]

Vikings announce 2014 staff, including Mike Priefer

By Josh Alper

The Vikings have been working on rounding out their 2014 coaching staff since hiring head coach Mike Zimmer last month and they’ve drawn the process to a close on Thursday. Minnesota announced the 17 assistants that will be working under Zimmer. The group includes holdovers from the old staff, familiar faces […]

Kluwe’s lawyer says texts back up claims about Priefer

By Michael David Smith

Chris Kluwe’s lawyer says text messages confirm the former Vikings punter’s claims that his then-special teams coach, Mike Priefer, made homophobic comments after Kluwe began speaking out in favor of gay marriage. The lawyer, Clayton Halunen, told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that text messages from kicker Blair Walsh […]

Vikings investigators will allow Kluwe to name witnesses anonymously

By Mike Florio

The explosive allegations of homophobic statements from Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer and discriminatory intent against punter Chris Kluwe for his gay-rights activism have taken a back seat to the NFL’s postseason drama, but the situation in Minnesota will be heating up, eventually. Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer […]

Chris Kluwe hires his own legal defense for Vikings’ investigation


Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has hired his own legal defense to represent him in the team’s internal investigation into his allegations that stem from a Deadspin article Kluwe authored last week, which included claims that special teams coach Mike Priefer used homophobic remarks in a team setting.

Kluwe has […]

Vikings Retain Counsel To Look Into Kluwe’s Allegations

By Eric Henderson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have retained a former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and a former federal trial attorney to conduct an investigation into Chris Kluwe’s allegations that he was released from the team due to his support of gay marriage.

The team made the announcement on […]

Mike Priefer: I vehemently deny Chris Kluwe’s allegations

By Michael David Smith

Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer is denying former punter Chris Kluwe’s claims that the two of them butted heads over Kluwe’s advocacy of gay marriage, and that Priefer used homophobic language around Kluwe. “I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe,” Priefer said in a statement, via Paul […]

Vikings release: ‘We do not tolerate discrimination at any level’


Chris Kluwe on Thursday morning exercised the nuclear option. He submitted a story to Deadspin that amounts his retirment speech, in which he accused special teams coach Mike Priefer of being a “bigot” and called Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman “cowards.”

Some of the quotes, if true, could prevent Priefer from landing […]