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Chris Kluwe Outraged Over Light Punishment for Homophobic Vikings Coach, Still Plans to Sue: VIDEO

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Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is outraged over the punishment meted out by the team to special teams coach Mike Priefer following the results of an investigation in to Kluwe's claims of homophobic remarks and anti-gay bias by the team.

Priefer was suspended for 3 games and ordered to make a donation to LGBT organizations.

Kluwe spoke to KMSP about the investigation.

Said Kluwe:

"Players who get caught smoking weed or DUI get 4 games, and you're telling me the guy who made a comment like 'let's round up all the gays put them on an island nuke it till it glows' -- he's only going to get a slap on the wrist? ... I think he's probably sorry that all of this ever happened. I don't think he's truly sorry because in the report he kind of backs his way and says yeah, I kind of said it...The NFL is a league where you can get redemption for killing someone, for beating your wife in an elevator, for driving drunk, for a whole variety of things but when you speak out for civil rights, that's the one thing you cannot get redeemed for."

Kluwe says he still plans to sue the organization and his attorney is still requesting the full 150-page investigation.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. He's right. If this Priefer fool had made the same comments about blacks, he would've been fired. There's varying degrees of punishment for hate. As if.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jul 21, 2014 10:50:57 AM


  2. A team owner - owner! - actually got hounded out of NBA for asking his girlfriend not to hang out with black people.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jul 21, 2014 11:12:39 AM


  3. A team owner - owner! - actually got hounded out of NBA for asking his girlfriend not to hang out with black people.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jul 21, 2014 11:12:39 AM


  4. Chris is absolutely right!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 21, 2014 11:14:42 AM


  5. FYI

    The news station has a basic, very important fact wrong: this “report” is an interpretation of the investigation crafted law firm who specializes in defending management in employment discrimination hired by the Vikings after they received the actual investigation report. This is not the investigation report itself.

    Posted by: Carlie | Jul 21, 2014 11:37:46 AM


  6. I definitely support Kluwe's side on this, but this is really getting ugly, and public sentiment I've seen on just about every site that isn't Towleroad or another gay website is almost universally against Kluwe. To a staggeringly hateful degree.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jul 21, 2014 11:53:48 AM


  7. Chris Kluwe is right. What's more, he's right. In addition, he's right. Then too, he's right.

    I wish him all the best with his quest for justice.

    Posted by: edude | Jul 21, 2014 12:12:41 PM


  8. He makes a valid point, unfortunately rational thoughts tend to fall on deaf ears.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jul 21, 2014 12:17:15 PM


  9. Yeah, the Johnny Sixpack idiots of the world are freaking out about "he's not even gay why does he care locker rooms are supposed to be dirty places people are too sensitive these days" crap.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Jul 21, 2014 12:49:42 PM


  10. Yeah, the Johnny Sixpack idiots of the world are freaking out about "he's not even gay why does he care locker rooms are supposed to be dirty places people are too sensitive these days" crap.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Jul 21, 2014 12:49:44 PM


  11. @MrRoboto

    Public sentiment looked ugly to me at first, but then I saw that it isn't entirely unreasonable. People mostly think he's a bitter attention-seeker in this, considering that there's an element of self-interest and that he didn't report the coach while he was still on the team. Plus there is no exact quote of what the coach said, so this part of the story doesn't look as strong, and the connection to him getting fired looks tenuous.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jul 21, 2014 12:52:26 PM


  12. Note: The following doesn't imply that I think the coach got off lightly (he did).

    Chris Kluwe better hope that there's no skeletons in HIS closet because they'll come tumbling out if he proceeds. It'll take just one instance of him being caught making a racist or sexist joke and he'll be cooked.

    And he still can't accept the fact that punters are the most disposable players on a team and that he was an average/below average punter making an above average salary. Why is this an either/or thing? If he keeps his mouth shut, maybe he still has a job, but in addition to his gay rights stuff, he kept shooting his mouth off to the press about Ray Guy not being in the Hall of Fame. He kept up with that even after he was told to put a sock in it.

    Guess what Kluwe? If you *were* a stud RB like Adrian Peterson or QB like Peyton Manning, they'd put up with your stuff because $$$$, but you were the most disposable player on a team, a penny a dozen.

    I've been in jobs where the company used the letter of the law to bounce someone who was doing average work that pissed them off, welcome to the working world Chris Kluwe. In fact, one of those people was a guy who simply would not stop proselytizing at work for his Evangelical church even after he'd been warned three times, they found out he had fudged an expense report and he was gone.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 21, 2014 1:00:43 PM


  13. @Henry Holland

    Unfortunately, there is a joke. The report uncovered a rape joke, and while it isn't explicitly negative towards the victims, it's enough for some people to declare that both Kluwe and the coach are bad guys and leave it at that.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jul 21, 2014 1:10:07 PM


  14. YUP. he's utterly correct, and is rightly exposing the preposterous anti-intellectual selective amnesia about what far too many folks involved with this sport care about.

    i remember the upset on the faces of the PSU students when, GASP!, their much-beloved wins were nullified! oh darn! football wins trumping child rape.
    same thing here. drugs? hookers? wife-beating? all ok. just don't speak out against anti-gay prejudice.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 21, 2014 1:11:37 PM


  15. Yeh, Kluwe's skeletons have already been revealed. Strange that Towleroad isn't reporting them.

    It's not just a rape joke. It's a pedophile joke. He apparently cut a hole in the back of his shorts and walked around the locker room telling everyone he was a Sandusky victim. Classy.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 21, 2014 1:23:23 PM


  16. Kluwe does not dispute the Sandusky incident. In my opinion, his action in doing this decimates his credibility. The entire Penn State scenario was a tragedy for its victims and the players who suffered the punishment. How he could have thought that making light by mocking the victims is beyond me. He participated in and encouraged Neanderthal-like/adolescent behavior/mentality among his teammates and coaches and seems to cherry-pick which behaviors are suitable for suing over.

    Posted by: kedskicks | Jul 21, 2014 4:37:57 PM


  17. That didn't take long, didn't it? :-(

    "He participated in and encouraged Neanderthal-like/adolescent behavior/mentality among his teammates and coaches and seems to cherry-pick which behaviors are suitable for suing over"

    Yep.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 21, 2014 6:00:42 PM


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