The Minnesota Vikings on Friday announced they have retained former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel to lead an independent investigation of the allegations made on Deadspin.com by former punter Chris Kluwe.
In the article, Kluwe made specific allegations concerning special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, former head coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman.
"It is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations," said Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf.
Both Magnuson and Madel are partners of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cirese, L.L.P. and according to the release by the team, the investigation has already begun and will include interviews with current and former members of the Vikings organization.
"I welcome the the investigation and am glad the Vikings are taking it seriously," Kluwe told FOX 9's Maury Glover. "I have no problems cooperating."
Kluwe filed a post on Deadspin Thursday, stating his belief that he was released by the team last offseason because Priefer opposed his participation in the campaign for marriage equality in Minnesota.
"It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman, both of whom knew I was a good punter and would remain a good punter for the foreseeable future, as my numbers over my eight-year career had shown, but who lacked the fortitude to disagree with Mike Priefer on a touchy subject matter," Kluwe wrote.
Kluwe said he intends "to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level."
Chris Kluwe: I was fired by ‘bigot' coach Mike Priefer