John M. Becker

Details of Kluwe-Vikings Settlement Disclosed

Filed By John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Chris Kluwe, football, gay marriage, marriage equality, Minnesota, Minnesota Vikings, NFL, same-sex marriage

chris-kluwe.jpegThe Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe released details today of a settlement agreement resolving Kluwe's complaints about homophobic behavior from special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. ESPN reports:

The Vikings had initially announced a $100,000 contribution to charities that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender causes, and they will make additional contributions to five LGBT-friendly charities over the next five years. The team will also enhance sensitivity training that is already required throughout the organization.

The parties did not announce the financial terms of the settlement, but Kluwe said he will not receive any money.

"Everyone knows the numbers we've been talking about. It's a substantial commitment to LGBT causes," said [Kluwe attorney] Halunen, who had initially asked for a $1 million charitable donation.

Kluwe disclosed more specifics of the settlement on Twitter. Details, after the jump.

This morning, Kluwe tweeted:

"Go mainline bleach"? Pretty sure that's the best verbal middle finger I've read in a long time. Definitely stealing that one, Chris.

At this morning's press conference, Kluwe also addressed the Vikings' six-month independent investigation that the team commissioned to look into his allegations. The Vikings have thus far only released a 29-page summary of the investigation team's findings, and Kluwe had previously said he was willing to go to court to force the team to release the full report. But today Kluwe said he'd reconsidered because the report showed that the problem was limited in scope:

[A]fter he and Halunen had a chance to review the report, they decided to stop pushing for its release.

"That's a tough one, because I've said the entire time, 'I want the whole thing to be out there,'" Kluwe said. "It really comes down to the question of, 'Is it about me? Is it about what I want? Or is it about what we can do to push things forward and make things better for everyone else?'

"It really is one of those things where, yeah, we can drag this out for two or three years in a legal battle [and] everyone gets dragged through the mud. Do we really accomplish anything on the other side? Our main concern was seeing, 'Is there a systemic problem in the Vikings organization? Is there something they're covering up that we need to expose?' By being able to look at the report, we found there wasn't that systemic problem."

Kluwe also signed a confidentiality agreement as part of the settlement, so while we're sure to hear more from this fabulous straight ally in the future, it's not likely to be related to this case.


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