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Minnesota Vikings Suspend Mike Priefer 3 Games for Making Homophobic Remark to Chris Kluwe

Kluwe was axed because of punter bias

The Minnesota Vikings have suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer three games after an independent investigation into the team spurred on by claims made by former punter Chris Kluwe.

In a January piece for Deadspin, Kluwe alleged Priefer made homophobic remarks to him and the team tried to discourage him from publicly supporting marriage equality.

According to a 29-page summary of the report, Priefer denied the claims in a statement after the accusations were publicized, and again denied making homophobic remarks in his first meeting with investigators on Jan. 6. However, after long-snapper Cullen Loeffler told investigators on April 23 that he did hear Priefer make a comment about “putting all the gays on an island and nuking it,” the coach said he “was not going to disagree” with Loeffler’s statement about the comment. Loeffler told investigators, though, that Priefer was joking at the time, and that both he and Kluwe laughed off the remark.

Priefer’s suspension will be unpaid and he’ll also be required to complete a specialized workplace training program.

The report did not find evidence to support Kluwe’s claim he was cut due to his gay rights advocacy. Parts of the report shine a light on his own behavior.

“Kluwe’s locker room behavior stood out to some interviewees and included stories about  Kluwe dropping his pants in front of 20-25 business people as they were being escorted through the locker room on a tour. Interviewees also recalled Kluwe making fun of the coaches’ speeches on the white board in the locker room and leaving it there even when the press came in. Kluwe also made fun of the Vikings’ then Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Kanavy, an alumnus of ‒ and former coach at ‒ Penn State University, concerning the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State situation. In his interview, Kanavy explained that Kluwe cut the seat out of his pants and then put them on to imitate a victim of the Penn State child-abuse scandal. According to Kanavy, Kluwe said that he was a “Penn State victim” and to “stay away” from him while his buttocks were exposed.”

Kluwe addressed the report in a serious of Twitter posts late last night which suggest the matter is far from over.

Kluwe Investigation

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