Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kluwe Suing Vikes Over Info Not Shared In Priefer Investigation

((HT: MyFoxTwinCities))

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe thinks he has "no recourse" but to sue his old employer since he and his attorney, Clayton Halunen, are saying the team never shared the information of their own investigation around slurs allegedly said by special teams coach Mike Priefer.

Here's part of the presser involving Halunen and Kluwe discussing their lack of options...

A lawsuit hasn't been filed yet, but Halunen and Kluwe are debating either state or federal court. Halunen says Kluwe has grounds to sue the team for "religious and sexual orientation discrimination, defamation and intentional interference with contractual negotiations."

In return, the Vikings released the following statement on the matter:

Since Chris Kluwe’s allegations first appeared in Deadspin on January 2, 2014, the Minnesota Vikings have taken them very seriously, which is why the team immediately retained former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Chris Madel, two partners of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P. (RKMC), to perform an independent review of these allegations. Magnuson and Madel were asked to thoroughly and comprehensively investigate three particular allegations by Kluwe and Kluwe’s counsel:

1) Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer made offensive and insensitive remarks in Kluwe’s presence.
2) Representatives of the Vikings had knowledge of these comments prior to the Deadspin article publication on January 2, 2014.
3) Kluwe’s activism was the reason for his release from the Vikings on May 6, 2013.

Magnuson, Madel and others spent nearly six months conducting an exhaustive investigation. After the Vikings were given the investigative materials from Magnuson and Madel, in order to further maintain objectivity and integrity, the team engaged a nationally-prominent law firm – Littler Mendelson P.C. – to evaluate employment law matters and provide findings and recommendations to the Vikings. Those recommendations are to be provided to the team this week.
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.

As we have consistently communicated throughout this process, the Vikings will have further comment when the investigation is entirely complete and the team has made determinations on next steps.

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