Chris Kluwe won’t be ending his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings in quiet fashion. In fact, there’s not much that Kluwe does in quiet fashion.
Kluwe’s tenure with the Vikings actually ended a year ago with his release. But the end of his story in Minnesota still hasn’t been reached. If it’s up to Kluwe, it won’t end until he has his day in court.
The outspoken punter is threatening to take his former team to court, based on a lack of documents being released following an investigation into his release from the team. Kluwe claims he was let go because of his outspoken views on gay rights, something the Vikings deny.
“As Magnuson and Madel confirmed today, the Vikings have never made or broken promises as Kluwe and his attorney Clayton Halunen have claimed. The Vikings have also never engaged in the various comments that Kluwe and Halunen have provided to the media over the past six months. This Thursday, July 17, the team has a meeting scheduled between Halunen and Vikings attorneys to discuss next steps,” the Vikings said via a statement on their website.
So as is the case with most lawsuits, it’s a he said-he said situation.
“It’s outrageous to me that the Vikings would choose to hide the facts of the investigation from me and from their fans. 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,” Kluwe said via KFAN.
One would think that suing an NFL team would be a long, expensive and arduous process. But as we’ve seen from Kluwe, he fights hard for what he believes in. If there’s a person who would go through with a lawsuit against an NFL team, it’s him.
The likely reality is that he’ll be wasting his time. While I wouldn’t put it past the organization to cover up misconduct, I also doubt the Vikings would put themselves in a vulnerable legal position.