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Former punter Chris Kluwe to sue Vikings

Discussion in 'OFF TOPIC' started by Prime Time, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. jrry32 Well-Known Member

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    If we were talking about two players, you'd have a point. A coach is a coach. No reason to excuse that sort of behavior.

    If it goes on in the locker-room between players, it's the locker-room. But a coach should not be taking part in that sort of stuff.

    If it's true, that coach should be punished. Even if he's no longer with Minnesota. If the Vikings knew it was happening, they need to be punished.
     
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  2. Boffo97 Well-Known Member

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    Bear in mind, I don't use slurs and think it's small minded to do so, but if the NFL has a priority list, there needs to be a LOT on it higher than punishing people for using words others were offended by. And there's CERTAINLY much higher priorities for the Justice System than using their power to force political correctness.

    It's important to note that Kluwe never brought this up until he was out of football. He's just a bitter man whose dream ended too soon, and now he's playing the White Knight to stay in the spotlight. If the language coaches used was that offensive to him, well, congratulations, he's out of football and doesn't have to listen to it any more.
     
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    He was so angry about what was said in 2012 that he didn't report it until 2014? o_O
     
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  4. jrry32 Well-Known Member

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    If the only thing you see is political correctness here, I have nothing more to say to you.
     
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  5. Sum1 Well-Known Member

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    He was also a mediocre punter...but let's not consider that part of the equation.
     
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  6. Boffo97 Well-Known Member

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    It's political correctness plus Kluwe's inability to get over himself, both in terms of whether he deserves an NFL job, and whether he's more politically enlightened than anyone else.

    But in the end, what it comes down to is that it is not the government's job to make sure no one is offended. If Kluwe wanted people to boycott the Vikings, or write letters to the NFL's sponsors or any other solution through the open market, I wouldn't agree with him but more power to him.
     
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  7. blackbart Well-Known Member

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    It happens all the time in the "locker room environment" and most likely it was not directed at him and was something he participated in. Guys I work with (in our small group of 5 or 6 guys) trade shots all the time.
     
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    To me a person in a position of power displays a real lack of character to embarrass, harass or hold that power over a subject.
    Boss-employee, coach-player, teacher-student ect. It certainly would not be acceptable to me if I owned the team.
    Sadly I have heard many of the same sorts of things said to high school players by coaches. Society has changed. When I was younger we expected to hear that sort of stuff from coaches, they were dicks. Maybe we were more conditioned to it. Didnt make it right. The disgusting part there is an adult in a position of power over a child (often on the field and the classroom) taking advantage of it to embarrass the kid and I guess feel better about themselves. An adult feeling the need to talk to another adult that way (in a work boss/employee setting) is just beyond pathetic. Frankly, I don't see how the NFL is exempted from laws regarding this stuff. Between players in the locker room, ok, that is different because they are peers.
    I find Kluwe to be very arrogant.
    There is no case for him regarding his work. Making a report public?
    Maybe.
     
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    Vikings, Chris Kluwe announce settlement of dispute over Kluwe’s departure
    Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2014

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    Last week, word came from the lawyer for former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe that his client and the team had reached agreement on a settlement of the issues related to Kluwe’s departure from the team in 2013.

    The two sides made that settlement official on Tuesday with a joint press release.

    “As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf in the release. “We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues.”

    “I’m pleased that the issue has been resolved,” said Kluwe. “I intend to continue to speak out on behalf of marriage equality, and I am pleased to be a part of the impact the Vikings material charitable contributions will have on LGBT and related causes.”

    Kluwe alleged that he was let go by the team because of his outspoken support of marriage equality and that special teams coach Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks during the 2012 season. The Vikings released the report of an investigation into the allegations that found Kluwe was released for football reasons and the team suspended Priefer for up to three games for what the report said was one homophobic comment. Kluwe contemplated litigation, but the settlement puts an end to that possibility.

    As part of the settlement, the Vikings will donate money to five LGBT groups over the next five years. The amount of money was not disclosed, though Kluwe’s lawyer Clayton Halunen called it “substantial”

    “Everybody knows the numbers we have been talking about over the past seven months,” Halunen said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “It’s substantial … Chris will receive absolutely nothing from this settlement.”

    In the release, the Vikings also promised to “continue to enhance its sensitivity training policy” in the wake of Priefer’s suspension.
     
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