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04/19/2007


Minneapolis Man Beaten Unconscious After Leaving Gay Bar: VIDEO

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A 30-year-old Minneapolis gay man was beaten unconscious early Sunday morning in a brutal attack that left him with a shattered jaw, a severed tongue, and boot-shaped bruises on his body.

BoltJeremy, whose last name was not disclosed by KMSP, was not robbed during the incident, which occurred after he left a gay bar. For that reason, police are exploring the possibility that it was a hate crime.

KMSP reports:

The victim lost teeth and his shattered jaw is now wired shut, and the investigation is complicated because he can't remember what happened after he left the eagleBOLTbar on Washington Avenue South...

"He is very sore, and of course, with his jaw wired shut, it is hard for him to eat," Jason Little told Fox 9 News...

The details of what occurred are few, and much of that is because the victim remembers nothing but a flash or two before he was abandoned in the cold street with a partially severed tongue that doctors at HCMC were able to reattach.

"Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of details right now," Little said. "Hopefully, with the story on the news, we'll get more information if someone saw something -- but of course, there's a lot of violence toward members of the LGBT community, and that's something we're thinking about. Could it be related?"

Police will only say that it's an open investigation and that they are exploring all possibilities, but friends note that Jeremy was not robbed.

Watch KMSP's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

An online fund has been started to raise money for Jeremy's medical bills. Find it here.

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Chris Kluwe Identifies Witnesses in Homophobia Claims Against Vikings Official

Back in January Chris Kluwe wrote a piece on Deadspin accusing the Vikings organization of releasing him for his anti-gay activism and said that he was fired by special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer, a "bigot", who said, very serious, in front of other teammates, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

KluweKluwe's accusations prompted an investigation and the former punter and his lawer Clayton Halunen spoke for five hours with investigators on Friday and named two players said to be witnesses to Priefer's remarks, Pioneer Press reports:

In a five-hour meeting Friday with investigators, Halunen said Kluwe identified [kicker Blair] Walsh and long snapper Cullen Loeffler as witnesses to Priefer allegedly making homophobic comments numerous times during the 2012 season in meetings with the punter, kicker and long snapper, and that Pico was told about it after the fact. Halunen noted that Kluwe told investigators he is willing to take a polygraph test.

Walsh issued a statement through the Vikings on Jan. 2 in defense of Priefer. But Halunen said Kluwe retained text messages in which Walsh referenced what Priefer allegedly said, including a text related to Priefer allegedly saying, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

"If Walsh is going to lie, this will all be exposed, I'm confident,'' Halunen said. "If Walsh is going to lie, that's his choice. But at the end of the day, we believe this is going to come out. We have evidence. So he made that choice, I guess.''

PrieferWalsh did not specifically say Priefer (right) did not make the remarks but testified to his "integrity and character" in his statement, according to the paper.

Halunen "believes the Vikings will end up contending that what Priefer said was a joke" and Kluwe will likely sue if Walsh Loeffler, and director of player personnel Les Pico lie during the investigation:

Halunen said if Walsh, Loeffler and Pico deny during the investigation having knowledge of Priefer's alleged homophobic remarks, Kluwe would consider legal action due to his client wanting to protect his integrity. Halunen said the three then would be under oath, unlike during the investigation.


Chris Kluwe Joins Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes to Discuss Vikings Homophobia Claims: VIDEO

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Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe joined CNN's Anderson Cooper and MSNBC's Chris Hayes last night to discuss claims he made last week regarding homophobia at the Minnesota Vikings organization and objections to his gay rights advocacy which eventually led to him being released from the team.

"I made sure that I had witnesses because that's a very easy defamation of character case and it would be pretty easy for him to prevail in a court of law...I am 100% confident in everything I related is how it happened and really encouraged by the fact that the Vikings are taking it seriously and opening an investigation because I think once they talk with people they'll find out what happened."

Anderson noted that the investigation does not have subpoena power so it's up to players to cooperate and asks Kluwe if he thinks players will come forward.

"I'm confident because it's the right thing to do. One thing that I'm going to push for is there must be anonymity for these witnesses because being black-balled in the NFL is a very real possibility and this is not something I'm going to force my friends to submit to..."

Said Kluwe to Hayes about the possibility of an openly gay player coming out sometime soon:

"This doesn't just happen to me. This happens to millions of people across the country. But things are getting better. Progress is being made. At the same time, we can't just be content with the progress that's been made. We have to strive for more progress so that when that player does come out they know that they have support..."

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Chris Kluwe Retains NCLR to Represent Him During Vikings Investigation

Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe has retained attorneys from the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Clayton Halunen to represent him during the Minnesota Vikings' investigation of claims he made last week of a homophobic culture at the team which led to his firing, ABC5 reports:

Uniform_kluweKluwe said he plans to "fully cooperate" with the Vikings' investigation, and said his hiring of legal counsel should not be interpreted as a signal of intent to file a lawsuit. "I want the truth to come out from the investigation, not in litigation," Kluwe said.

In an article he published on Deadspin recently, Kluwe alleged that Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made derogatory remarks about gays and other members of the LGBT community both to him personally and in team meetings. The alleged remarks were made in 2012, when Kluwe was still a member of the Vikings and also when he was speaking out publicly against passage of a constitutional referendum in Minnesota to restrict marriage to heterosexual-only couples. Priefer issued a statement “strongly denying” the allegations, and the Vikings released a statement about the article.

Kluwe alleged that Priefer’s remarks were intended to humiliate him into silence. When that didn’t happen, Kluwe alleged, other members of the Vikings management team pressured him to tone down his off-the-field comments in favor of equal marriage rights for all. Finally, the team cut him from the squad prior to the start of the 2013 season. He has not played in the NFL since then.


Former NFL Punter Chris Kluwe Says He Has Witnesses to Homophobia at the Vikings

Chris-kluweFormer Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he has witnesses to his claims about homophobic behavior by officials with the Minnesota team, he tells USA Today:

"I'm glad they're taking it seriously. This is something I wrote down, because it's what happened to me, and I'm 100 percent confident in what I wrote, and there are witnesses that will back me up. Let the investigation begin."

In related news, Chelsea Clinton offered her support to Kluwe this morning, tweeting: "We should never punt when it comes to equality, @ChrisWarcraft is a great example."


Read Gay MN State Senator Scott Dibble's Letter to Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf Over Kluwe Homophobia Claims

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In a statement on Thursday, gay Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble, the lead sponsor of the state's marriage equality law, said former NFL punter Chris Kluwe's claims about his firing "raise very serious concerns about the culture within the Minnesota Vikings organization."

Here's the letter Dibble wrote to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Thursday.

The Vikings have announced that an investigation is underway.

Scott Dibble's letter to the Minnesota Vikings organization:

Zygi Wilf From Senator Dibble by Scott Dibble


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