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Vikings Retain Attorneys to Investigate Chris Kluwe Homophobia Claims

The Minnesota Vikings announced today that it had hired attorneys to lead an investigation into claims by former punter Chris Kluwe, who said in an article published on Deadspin that he was released from the team because of his gay activism.

C_kluweSaid Kluwe in the piece:

It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman, both of whom knew I was a good punter and would remain a good punter for the foreseeable future, as my numbers over my eight-year career had shown, but who lacked the fortitude to disagree with Mike Priefer on a touchy subject matter.

Kluwe also claimed that Priefer unleashed a homophobic rant in his presence, saying, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

Wrote the Vikings in today's press release:

Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Chris Madel will lead the investigation.

“It is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf.

Magnuson, who is currently a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P. and teaches at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, is highly-regarded in Minnesota and throughout the country. He has more than 35 years of practice, including over two years (2008-10) as the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Madel is the Chair of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P.’s Government and Internal Investigations Group, and has led numerous high-profile investigations, including the extensively publicized internal investigation of the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. Madel has also been selected as the Minnesota Lawyer’s “Attorney of the Year” for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and is the first attorney to win the award for three consecutive years.

“This is a highly sensitive matter that we as an organization will address with integrity,” said Vikings Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Warren. “Eric and Chris have stellar reputations in both the local and national legal community. They have handled numerous cases involving a wide range of issues, and we are confident they will move swiftly and fairly in completing this investigation.”

Interviews have reportedly begun, according to the organization.


Brendon Ayanbadejo Backs Up Chris Kluwe's Claims of Anti-Gay Bigotry in the NFL: VIDEO

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Former NFL star and Super Bowl champ Brendon Ayanbadejo spoke with TMZ yesterday and said that former punter Chris Kluwe is "100 percent right" in his claims that he was fired for his gay activism, saying that given his record, stats, and skills there is no way that Kluwe should have been cut for any other reason.

"Even though the NFL tries to keep you in a box in terms of your philanthropy he went out there and he did what he thought was right. Would he be in the league today if he had continued to go speak at schools about education or fitness, or if he continued to do hunger drives, or cancer awareness type of stuff? Yeah, he'd probably still be in the NFL but Chris did what was right for him."

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Vikings Asst. Coach Mike Priefer Denies Kluwe 'Bigot' Accusations: 'I Have Gay Family Members...'

Minnesota Vikings Assistant Coach Mike Priefer, whom Chris Kluwe called a "bigot" in a statement accusing team officials of releasing him because of his gay activism, issued a statement yesterday denying Kluwe's claims.

Said Priefer: Priefer

“I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe. I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member. The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family.”


Minnesota Vikings Deny Chris Kluwe Claims He Was Fired for Gay Activism

The Minnesota Vikings have released a statement denying claims made by former Viking punter Chris Kluwe that he was fired for his activism on behalf of gay rights:

C_kluweThe Minnesota Vikings were made aware of Chris Kluwe’s allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.

As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel. We do not tolerate discrimination at any level. The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality. Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.

Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy. Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.
We will have further comment at the appropriate time.


Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt Claims Satan is Behind Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Over the past few years, Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt has been one of the more visible adversaries in the fight for LGBT rights and tolerance in Minnesota. He spearheaded a mass mailing of 400,000 anti-gay DVDs in 2010, created a special "marriage prayer" to drum up support for the anti-gay amendment on the state's ballot last November, and even told the mother of a gay son that she must reject him or risk burning in hell.

With such a bigoted view of gays, it comes as no surprise that Nienstedt places homosexuality squarely on the side of Satan. Speaking at the conservative Napa Institute Conference last month, Nienstedt listed off all the evil works of the devil, which in addition to homosexuality include abortion, contraception, and pornography. The Huffington Post reports:

"Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life," Niendstedt said. "Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God's work on earth."

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The Greatest Political Ad of 2013 So Far: VIDEO

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Will walking out of a lake in skin-tight bike shorts, promising to no longer visit the strip clubs, and yelling at people to "wake the f**k Up" get Jeffrey Alan Wagner elected Mayor of Minneapolis?

Probably not, but it will elect him famous on the internet.

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