Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (5) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kluwe: Minnesota Vikings didn't keep word on investigation


Chris Kluwe will hold a press conference to address what he calls the Minnesota Vikings’ “failure to grant him access to the report from the independent investigators who were hired by the team” per Pro Football Talk.

It started when Kluwe claimed that special teams coach Mike Priefer used homophobic comments toward him after Kluwe began to publicly support gay marriage. He then asserted that the team released him partially because of his views — a claim the team vehemently denies.

This all might have blown over with time, but instead the Vikings have allegedly reneged on a promise made to Kluwe and now the NFL punter has had enough.

The PFT piece quotes a press release from Kluwe’s camp that outlines his stance.

“Kluwe and his attorney will voice their concerns about the Minnesota Vikings’ reneging on a promise to release a copy of their investigation into allegations of homophobic behavior by a coach. On Monday, July 14, the Vikings informed Kluwe’s attorney that they would not provide a copy of the report to either Kluwe or the public.”

You know what they say about having nothing to hide. If the Vikings found nothing in an investigation, they’d gladly hand it over to the public with flashing neon signs to show everyone how wonderful and progressive their coaches are. Instead, the report is going under private lock and key and the action alone should raise some eyebrows.

Vikings management and ownership likely wish Chris Kluwe had gone away a long time ago, but it appears they’ll have to face him once more as Kluwe continues to call out the franchise in what should be a strong message not just to the Vikings, but to the rest of the NFL about its attitudes toward homophobic and other discriminatory behavior.

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