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Chris Kluwe says he wants Mike Priefer to get help instead of never coaching again

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: January 8, 2014 - 11:35 AM

As you probably know by now, former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe went full-frontal on the Vikings last week -- accusing special teams coach Mike Priefer of being a "bigot" and implicating Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman by association. He charged that Priefer made anti-gay slurs in the locker room, and in his initial post at Deadspin, Kluwe wrote:

If there's one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story, it's to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level.

Since then, the Vikings have hired attorneys to conduct an investigation of the allegation and Kluwe, too, has retained legal counsel

Interestingly, in a Tuesday appearance on Fox Sports Live, Kluwe retreated from his original stance on Priefer. While not backing down from what he alleged, Kluwe said, "After thinking about it, after reflecting on it, I don't think an appropriate punishment is if he never coaches again. I think it would be better if he got therapy, if he got counseling, and then a year or two from now, come back into the league as a role model, help out with LGBT groups, and show people that this is an important issue."

Those are two very different things, of course -- Kluwe's desire in the Deadspin post vs. what he said Tuesday -- and we're not entirely sure the rabbit can be stuffed back in the hat. That said, the larger issue in play remains whether Priefer said what Kluwe alleges. And that is still playing out.

You can watch the entire 10-minute appearance below:

 

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