abc
QUICK LINKS:

Lawyer: Kluwe Settlement to be Announced Next Week

Updated: 08/15/2014 5:24 PM
Created: 08/15/2014 5:22 PM WDIO.com
By: Lauren Beukelman, KSTP

Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings have reached terms of a settlement which will be announced at a joint press conference early next week, according to a statement from Kluwe's lawyer Clayton Halunen.

Kluwe was released prior to the 2013 season. He claims it was in response to his activism in support of various LGBT-rights platforms.

The Vikings responded saying Kluwe's release was due to Kluwe's performance, age and relative salary.

Kluwe first brought his concerns to light in a pointed article published on Deadspin.com.

One of the key points in Kluwe's contention was a homophobic statement from Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

The Vikings commissioned an independent investigation of the accusation and other facts surrounding Kluwe's release.

The investigation, which was partially released, determined Priefer did make the statement. He will be suspended for three games of the upcoming season as a result. If he completes sensitivity training, the suspension can be trimmed to two games.

Kluwe was demanding Priefer be suspended for between four and eight games, and the team make a $1 million donation to a local LGBT organization.

Kluwe and Halunen threatened a lawsuit after initial negotiations broke down, and Priefer's suspension was announced at three games.

Front Page

  • 17-Time Beargrease Finisher 'A Special Musher'

    Four-time Beargrease champion Jamie Nelson finished the marathon for the 17th time on Wednesday. Her handler and longtime friend says her success and longevity is no coincidence. "Jamie's a special musher."

  • Up-Close Look at Winter Layup in the Port

    U.S. Flag Fleets transport more than 115 million tons of cargo per year, but all of that weight combined with last year's heavy ice, means a lot of repair damage during this year's winter layup.

  • Anderson Takes Top Spot in Tight Beargrease Finish

    After more than 300 miles on the trail, musher Ryan Anderson and his team clinched first place in the 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. His team of 11 pulled into the finish line at Billy's Bar in Duluth just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. This is Anderson's second full-distance win. He won the marathon back in 2011 when he beat out musher Nathan Schroeder by just 20 seconds

  • Beargrease 2015: Crossing the Finish Line

    For first-time mushers and veterans, there's just something about crossing that Beargrease finish line. Erin Altemus, who took fourth place in the marathon, said it's the same for the dogs. "There is a psychological thing about that," she said. "They sort of understand that they're at the end."

  • Northland Company Accused of Age Discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a large heating and plumbing contractor in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota.

 
Advertisement