Ex-Bears GM Angelo interviewed in Vikings' investigation of Kluwe

Ex-Bears GM Angelo interviewed in Vikings' investigation of Kluwe
July 18, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will file a lawsuit against his former team on Monday.

The Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season after completing their investigation into homophobic remarks made by Priefer, after allegations by Kluwe in January.

Kluwe accused Priefer of making anti-gay slurs and taunts while he was a member of the Vikings in 2012. Kluwe claims the team released him because of his gay-rights advocacy and stance towards same-sex marriage in the state of Minnesota.

In an article on Deadspin.com, Kluwe accused Priefer of saying, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

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Kluwe wasn't satisfied with the Vikings' actions, which also included donating $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups, to only discipline Priefer for three games.

Priefer, who will also undergo anti-harassment, diversity and sexual orientation sensitivity training, released a statement on Friday night.

"I owe an apology to many people -- the Wilf family, the Minnesota Vikings organization and fans, my family, the LGBT community, Chris Kluwe and anyone else that I offended with my insensitive remark," Priefer said.

"I regret what has occurred and what I said. I am extremely sorry, but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect."

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The Vikings released a report on Friday evening, denying that Kluwe was released due to his stance on marriage equality.

"The record does, however, support the conclusion that the distractions caused by the level, but not the nature, of Kluwe's activism did create some discomfort in the organization during the 2012 season in which Kluwe's punting performance was unsatisfactory to the team. The investigation materials support that the Vikings released Kluwe for football performance reasons and not his views on marriage equality."

Included in the report were statements from ex-Bears general manager Jerry Angelo and former NFL punter Craig Hentrich, who were hired by investigators to review Kluwe's 2012 performance.

Angelo said that if he held the title of general manager for the Vikings during the 2012 season, he would have “in all likelihood” released Kluwe.

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If Kluwe's Twitter timeline is any indication, matters between him and the Vikings are going to get even uglier.

Take a look at some of his tweets from Friday night: