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Lawsuit against Vikings 'only recourse' for ex-punter Chris Kluwe

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Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and his attorney said Tuesday they have “no choice but to litigate” after the team refused to release their investigation into the alleged conduct of special teams coach Mike Priefer.

“Kluwe’s only recourse is to file a lawsuit against the Vikings,” attorney Clayton Halunen said in a statement.

In a January column on Deadspin.com, Kluwe accused Priefer of making homophobic remarks to him and other Vikings players, even berating him in front of his teammates over his support of same sex marriage legislation. He also accused the Vikings of cutting him from the roster for being an outspoken advocate of gay rights.

“It’s outrageous that the Vikings would choose to hide the facts of the investigation from me and their fans,” Kluwe said. “I was persecuted and then fired for standing up for what I believe in, all because some small-minded, bigoted people think that homophobia is okay in the NFL. It is not okay, and now it seems like we’ll have to go to court to force the Vikings to admit that.”

Halunen said they were informed by the Vikings on Monday that the investigator’s report would not be released to Kluwe or the public. The Vikings have denied Kluwe’s allegations and said he was released from the team “strictly based on his football performance.”

“The Vikings have never made or broken promises as Kluwe and his attorney Clayton Halunen have claimed,” the team said in a statement. “The Vikings have also never engaged in the various comments that Kluwe and Halunen have provided to the media over the past six months. This Thursday, July 17, the team has a meeting scheduled between Halunen and Vikings attorneys to discuss next steps.”

A lawsuit has not yet been filed.

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