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Priefer says his focus is on football, not Kluwe investigation

  • Blog Post by: Matt Vensel
  • June 18, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The investigation into Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is expected to be wrapped up and released to the public in the coming weeks, perhaps as early as this weekend. Priefer was accused by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe of making anti-gay remarks in team meetings.

Priefer, who was one of three coaches retained by new head coach Mike Zimmer, just spoke with reporters for the first time this offseason. He said his focus is on the Vikings, not the investigation.

“It’s been one of those things, I come to work every morning and I’m excited about the direction of this football team,” Priefer said after today’s morning walkthrough. “I really like our coaching staff and I’m excited about our new players and excited about the guys we retained and came back. So my focus has been totally on football.”

After Kluwe claimed Priefer made anti-gay remarks during the 2012 season and that the punter’s public support of LGBT rights led to his release in 2013, the Vikings launched an investigation into Priefer, who has been on the staff since 2011. The investigation is headed by former Minnesota chief justice Eric Magnuson and former U.S. department of justice attorney Chris Madel.

In a statement issued in January, Priefer “vehemently” denied the claims Kluwe made on Deadspin.

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