Upon his release last year, it seemed like things had the potential to get ugly between Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings. At the time, rumors spread across the internet that his release was due to more than just football-related reasons. Kluwe didn’t have a very good 2012 season punting the football, but he also made a name for himself off the field as an advocate for gay marriage.
Through fiery online postings and numerous interviews, Kluwe quickly became the professional athlete most closely associated with support of gay marriage. This is why, Kluwe alleges, he was released by the Vikings and not given a job elsewhere in the NFL. Now after a year out of football and a call out of Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer, it appears the punter is ready to take legal action against his former team and coach.
Here’s a statement from Kluwe’s lawyer, Clayton Halunen, which came shortly after it was announced that Priefer would be keeping his job in Minnesota:
“It’s unbelievable to us. It shows that the Vikings are not sincere about this supposed investigation, that it’s a mere charade, and at the end of the day they’re going to cover up this… It’s just a matter of when we begin litigation. That’s the only question in my mind now. Do we immediately file suit or do we wait and see if we get the confirmation we get from their supposed investigation?”
After Kluwe called out the Vikings a few weeks back, the team said it would investigate whether Priefer made homophobic remarks during the 2012 season. Priefer denies making the negative comments and at this time it looks like the Vikings have concluded that he didn’t cross any lines.
We’ll have to see how all of this plays out, but my guess is that this situation will get ugly in the near future. Kluwe has proven that he’ll fight hard for what he believes is right.