The Minnesota Vikings announced per their website that they have come to a resolution with punter Chris Kluwe. The terms of the agreement were not released, but both parties shared satisfaction with the end result. The actual agreement was reached last week.
Chris Kluwe filed a lawsuit against the Vikings, claiming the team released him because of his views on the LGBT community and specifically gay marriage. Contentious stories were released from both sides, but now it appears they’ve both kissed and made up, at least enough to avoid a trial.
After thanking Kluwe for contributions to the Vikings, owner Zygi Wilf put the issue to rest. “In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff.”
Kluwe concurred, saying, “I’m pleased that the issue has been resolved,” said Kluwe. “I intend to continue to speak out on behalf of marriage equality, and I am pleased to be a part of the impact the Vikings material charitable contributions will have on LGBT and related causes.”
Chris Kluwe remains an active voice in political matters, not just limited to LGBT issues. He has been a voracious tweeter as the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri unfolds, as well as other arenas. Now it appears he’ll have one less thing to worry about as he continues to champion social justice from his highly visible arena.