Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is expected to continue his gay marriage activism by suing his old team for homophobia and discrimination.
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has become famous for his outspoken support for gay marriage, and he is planning to take the next step in his activism by suing his old team if they do not release the report of a six-month investigation.
Kluwe was released by the Vikings in the 2013 offseason, and he has since lashed out against Mike Priefer, the Vikings’ special teams coach. Kluwe has accused Priefer of making homophobic statements during the 2012 season, and this has made Priefer a key subject of the investigation.
Kluwe has said he will reconsider the lawsuit if the Vikings release the investigation report, but he has made strong accusations against Priefer, including calling him a “bigot.” He has also accused former head coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman of releasing him for his political stance.
However, the Vikings have insisted he was released solely for football reasons since he finished 24th in punting average in his final season.
Kluwe’s lawsuit also alleges that the team showed religious discrimination, defamation and “tortious interference with contractual obligations.”