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KLUWE: 'Human rights are vastly more important than a children's game'

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The Minnesota Vikings' investigation into former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations embedded in a Deadspin article published last week is moving forward.

During a Skype interview from his home in California, Kluwe says he'll return to Minnesota to meet with the attorneys heading the independent review by the end of the week.

"I've always been raised to call things like I see them and draw my own conclusions," Kluwe said.

Kluwe is never one to shy away from speaking his mind, and that's exactly what he intends to do when he meets with attorneys hired by the Vikings to look into his allegations that the team let him go because of his outspoken views on marriage equality.

"I intend on fully cooperating, but again, this is something I am willing to name names if they can guarantee those people will stay completely anonymous. Being blacklisted in the NFL is a real concern and I'm not going cost former teammates and friends of mine their jobs that's not what this is about," Kluwe said.

In his now infamous post on Deadspin, Kluwe claims special teams coach Mike Priefer used homophobic language around him during Kluwe's last season with team and that head coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman were cowards for not standing up to Priefer's desire to give him the boot.

READ: Kluwe's Deadspin post

"Mike Priefer, he said we should round up all the gays put them on an island and nuke it until it glows. His tone was very serious, and at that point I had been around him for almost two years, I believe. We'd had many conversations. Talked about many things and there was no joking in his tone at all. He meant what he said," Kluwe said.

Priefer vehemently denies the allegations, and several players have voiced their support for him, but Kluwe says he's not surprised no current players have come to his defense.

READ: Priefer denies allegations

"If you look at what I'm saying, and what I'm saying is true, and I believe it's true because it's what happened to me. They run the very real risk of if they speak out in favor of me -- what about their jobs? What about their job security?" he asked.

In the end, Kluwe says he isn't sorry for speaking his mind about why he thinks he was let go or for his views on marriage equality.

Kluwe also says he hired an attorney for the investigation, not because he is planning to sue the team, but he said if he can't settle things with the Vikings that way, he would consider legal action.

READ: Kluwe hires attorney amid investigation

"No regrets, and if I had to do it all over again knowing what would happen I'd still do it because at the end of the day I think human rights are vastly more important than a children's game," Kluwe said.

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