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Former punter Chris Kluwe to sue Vikings

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    Chris Kluwe to File Suit Against Vikings Over Refusal to Disclose Investigation Findings
    Posted Tuesday, July 15th 2014
    By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com@AjKFAN

    Minneapolis, MN -
    Chris Kluwe will announce his intentions to file suit against the Minnesota Vikings at his press conference Tuesday morning.

    A former Vikings punter, Kluwe brought allegations against the Vikings nearly six months ago claiming that Special Teams coach Mike Priefer had made "homophobic verbal attacks on him as a member of the team in 2012." The team then kicked off an internal investigation before informing Kluwe on Monday that they would not be releasing their investigations' final report to Kluwe or the public.

    "It's transparently obvious to me that the Vikings are covering up the truth," said Kluwe's attorney Clayton Halunen. "We have no choice but to litigate at this point. Kluwe willingly cooperated with the Vikings' investigation - all he ever wanted was for the truth to come out.

    "It's outrageous to me that the Vikings would choose to hide the facts of the investigation from me and from their fans," Kluwe said.

    It is Kluwe's belief that he was blackballed by the organization and in turn, the NFL for his outspoken stance on gay marriage rights.

    "Minnesota Vikings fans are the real losers in this sad affair," Kluwe said. "The fans deserve to know that what I said about Priefer and the way the Vikings let me go was the truth. 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.
    Kluwe to sue Vikings
    Posted by Mike Florio on July 15, 2014

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    In a press conference that likely will have begun by the time I press “publish” on this post, former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will announce that he plans to sue the Vikings as a result of the team’s failure to make public the report of the investigation regarding his claim of homophobic comments and a discriminatory animus against Kluwe when he was cut last year.

    “It’s transparently obvious to me that the Vikings are covering up the truth,” Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, told KFAN. “We have no choice but to litigate at this point. Kluwe willingly cooperated with the Vikings’ investigation — all he ever wanted was for the truth to come out.”

    “It’s outrageous to me that the Vikings would choose to hide the facts of the investigation from me and from their fans,” Kluwe added. “Minnesota Vikings fans are the real losers in this sad affair. The fans deserve to know that what I said about Priefer and the way the Vikings let me go was the truth. 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 OK in the NFL. It is not OK, and now it seems like we’ll have to go to court to force the Vikings to admit that.”

    Going to court will introduce plenty of other angles and complications into the situation, possibly leading to one or more unintended outcomes. Kluwe presumably understands that. If doesn’t know it now, he inevitably will.

    Vikings contend no promises were made or broken to Kluwe
    Posted by Mike Florio on July 15, 2014

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    Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe claims that the team promised to release publicly the report generated by the investigation regarding Kluwe’s allegations of homophobic comments and that he was cut because of his activism for gay-rights. The Vikings say they made no such promises.

    “[Lawyers Eric] Magnuson, [Chris] Madel and others spent nearly six months conducting an exhaustive investigation,” the Vikings said in a statement posted on the team’s website. “After the Vikings were given the investigative materials from Magnuson and Madel, in order to further maintain objectivity and integrity, the team engaged a nationally-prominent law firm in employment matters — Littler Mendelson P.C. — to evaluate employment law matters and provide findings and recommendations to the Vikings. Those recommendations are to be provided to the team this week.”

    (Actually, Littler Mendelson P.C. is a prominent law firm that represents the interests of management in employment matters. Their analysis undoubtedly will be influenced by that perspective.)

    “As Magnuson and Madel confirmed today, the Vikings have never made or broken promises as Kluwe and his attorney Clayton Halunen have claimed,” the Vikings added in their online statement. “The Vikings have also never engaged in the various comments that Kluwe and [his lawyer] have provided to the media over the past six months. This Thursday, July 17, the team has a meeting scheduled between [Kluwe's lawyer] and Vikings attorneys to discuss next steps.”

    A separate statement released apparently by a P.R. firm retained by the lawyers hired to conduct the investigation echoes that position.

    “Chris Madel, Eric Magnuson, and Jennifer Robbins of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. met with Chris Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, July 14 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the status of the independent investigation and to arrange a meeting between Halunen and Vikings representatives for Thursday, July 17 to continue that discussion,” Jaffe P.R. said in an email sent to PFT. “At no time during the July 14 meeting did Madel, Magnuson, or Robbins tell Halunen that the Vikings ‘would not provide a copy of the report to either Kluwe or the public’ as Halunen’s press release of this morning states.

    At the meeting, Halunen agreed to meet with Vikings representatives on Thursday, and that meeting is still scheduled. It is anticipated that issues relating to the investigation will be discussed at that meeting.”
    With Kluwe committed to suing the Vikings, the Thursday meeting may not matter. Whether the lawsuit actually happens could hinge largely on the outcome of the conversation between Kluwe’s lawyer and the Vikings’ lawyers — especially if the Vikings lawyers show Kluwe’s lawyer a little bit of the sword that will be wielded if/when Kluwe decided to go through with his plan to file a civil complaint.
     
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