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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Punter Chris Kluwe, Vikings reach agreement to prevent lawsuit

  • August 16, 2014 - 6:37 AM

The Minnesota Vikings and their former punter Chris Kluwe said Friday they reached an out-of-court settlement that will prevent him from suing the team.

Kluwe threatened to sue for more than $10 million because the team wouldn’t release the full investigation into his claims about what he said was a culture of discrimination.

In an e-mail to the Star Tribune, Clayton Halunen, Kluwe’s attorney, said a statement about the settlement would be issued Monday with a tentative news conference on Tuesday. He declined further comment.

The settlement comes after two days of mediation. Details of the settlement are unknown, but Kluwe has alleged the Vikings should have released the entire 150-page report about the investigation and that the much shorter summary didn’t contain substantial evidence.

The Vikings believe the team has investigated Kluwe’s claims that special teams coach Mike Priefer made an anti-gay comment in a team setting. Priefer was suspended for three games and the team said it will donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups. Kluwe had asked for $1 million.

For the mediation sessions, the Vikings retained two prominent attorneys with expertise in jury trials and gay rights.

DAVID CHANEN

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