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Vikings Suspend Priefer for 3 Games after Investigation into Homophobic Remarks

Updated: 07/18/2014 11:27 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 10:39 PM WDIO.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefe without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay remarks made by Priefer.

The Vikings released Friday a summary of the investigation by independent lawyers that was initiated in January, when Kluwe first accused Priefer and other Vikings officials of punishing him for his outspoken support of gay marriage. Kluwe was let go before the 2013 season, which he contended was because of his views.

The Vikings said Priefer's ban could be reduced to two games at their discretion if he attends individualized sensitivity training.

Kluwe said Friday he still intends to sue the team for discrimination.

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