Former Punter Chris Kluwe, a staunch advocate for homosexual rights, has agreed to settle his lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings out of court.
On Monday there were rumors that the Minnesota Vikings were closing in on a settlement with former Punter Chris Kluwe, who has been suing the team over homophobic comments made by members of the coaching staff.
Kluwe, a homosexual rights activist on and off the field, sued the team for improper termination of his contract which he believed was because of his outspoken support for the homosexual community.
In a statement from the team, Vikings owner Ziggy Wilf said the following:
“We appreciate Chris Kluwe’s contributions to the Minnesota Vikings as a player and a member of this organization during his eight seasons in which he established many team records as our punter, and we wish him and his family the best in the future. 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.”
The team suspended coach Mark Priefer for three games over alleged homophobic remarks made against Kluwe while he was with the team.
Kluwe played for the Vikings from 2005 until 2012. His 44.4 yards/punt are 16th in NFL history.