Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings. The two sides have been at odds since Kluwe claimed he was released in part due to his support of gay marriage, which prompted an investigation into the team.
The investigation has wrapped up, but Kluwe is unhappy that the team has yet to release the findings.
Minnesota has responded by saying there was never a promise to Kluwe that they would reveal the findings, and now that we are at a standstill Kluwe is set to sue the team.
Kluwe’s attorney spoke on the lawsuit that will be coming from the former punter.
“It’s transparently obvious to me that the Vikings are covering up the truth,” Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, told KFAN. “We have no choice but to litigate at this point. Kluwe willingly cooperated with the Vikings’ investigation — all he ever wanted was for the truth to come out.”
“It’s outrageous to me that the Vikings would choose to hide the facts of the investigation from me and from their fans,” Kluwe added. “Minnesota Vikings fans are the real losers in this sad affair. The fans deserve to know that what I said about Priefer and the way the Vikings let me go was the truth. I was persecuted and then fired for standing up for what I believe in, all because some small-minded, bigoted people think that homophobia is OK in the NFL. It is not OK, and now it seems like we’ll have to go to court to force the Vikings to admit that.”
If all that Kluwe wants is for the findings of the investigation to come out, he may not need to sue the team.
According to Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., the law firm who met with Kluwe and his attorneys for the Vikings investigation, the findings are expected to be discussed on Thursday of this week.
Chris Madel, Eric Magnuson, and Jennifer Robbins of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. met with Chris Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, July 14 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the status of the independent investigation and to arrange a meeting between Halunen and Vikings representatives for Thursday, July 17 to continue that discussion. At no time during the July 14 meeting did Madel, Magnuson, or Robbins tell Halunen that the Vikings “would not provide a copy of the report to either Kluwe or the public” as Halunen’s press release of this morning states. At the meeting, Halunen agreed to meet with Vikings representatives on Thursday, and that meeting is still scheduled. It is anticipated that issues relating to the investigation will be discussed at that meeting.
This isn’t a story that is going away anytime soon, so stay tuned.