The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier on Monday but the biggest blow to their offseason came a few days later when former punter Chris Kluwe published his account of dealing with what he described as a homophobic culture during his final year with the team.
He specifically named Frazier, special teams coach Mike Priefer and general manager Rick Spielman as culprits and now the Vikings are seriously looking into his allegations. Today the team announced that is has hired former U.S. Department of Justice Trail Attorney Chris Madel and Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson to head up an investigation into Kluwe’s claims.
Owner Zigy Wilf released a statement on the matter in which he stated the claims are being taken seriously and the Vikings do not tolerate the kind of behavior Kluwe described.
“It is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations.”
Kluwe was an outspoken activist for gay rights and still is despite the fact he believes it cost him his career in football. But if anyone thought he was just living up the issue a year ago, Kluwe’s commitment to bring down his former employer in the name of morality proves that he’s true to the cause. As for the Vikings, they’ll look into the allegations and more will likely be known in the coming weeks.