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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

Minnesota Vikings, Chris Kluwe reach settlement to avoid lawsuit

The Minnesota Vikings and former NFL punter Chris Kluwe have reached an out of court settlement over the termination of Kluwe’s services with the Vikings, and a lawsuit has been avoided in the process.

Kluwe had planned to sue the Vikings for improper termination, as he alleged that his vocal stance on gay rights and his allegations that the Vikings harbored anti-gay feelings was the reason he was let go from the team.

To be fair, Kluwe didn’t say that the Vikings organization as a whole were anti-gay, but he singled out special teams coach Mike Priefer who he claims harassed him over his stance on gay rights.

In the end though, an undisclosed settlement has been reached and the matter seems to be over.

There are many who aren’t on Kluwe’s side here, but the fact of the matter is he was going after a large issue that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, and his brash attitude towards the situation didn’t help his public appeal.

But he received his settlement and the Vikings may not move on from this matter and hopefully come out on the other end more progressive than they were before.

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