Report: Chris Kluwe hires an attorney for Vikings investigation

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Chris Kluwe has procured an attorney. (USATSI)
Chris Kluwe has procured an attorney. (USATSI)

Last week, former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe caused a huge stink across the NFL when he accused Minnesota special teams coach Mike Priefer of being a bigot while calling former coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman cowards for their reaction to Kluwe's outspokenness on marriage equality.

Priefer immediately denied the allegations, and the team has hired former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former US Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel to lead an independent investigation into Kluwe's accusations.

As such, Kluwe has hired a Minneapolis-based attorney and he'll receive representation from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Kluwe wrote in his piece for Deadspin that he believed his outspoken politics is what caused the team to release him this past offseason.

"Chris Kluwe stands up for what he believes is right, even if it costs him personally to do so," attorney Clayton Halunen said in the statement released on Kluwe's behalf. "It's obvious to me, as it should be to most thinking people familiar with the situation, that Chris paid a steep price for speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage rights in 2012 while he was a Vikings player. Ultimately, it may have cost him both his job with the Vikings and his career as an NFL player, along with much emotional anguish over what he believed to be a kind of personal attack on him for his views on a vital issue of human rights.

"Even so, Chris is not bitter towards the Vikings, nor does he carry a personal vendetta against anyone associated with the team. He is grateful to the Vikings for the great career he had with the team. But he couldn't stand by when someone with as much influence in sports as a member of the Vikings coaching staff makes dangerous and dehumanizing statements against the LGBT community."

Kluwe also wrote in the piece that once he completed his article for Deadspin, his career in the NFL effectively was finished.

But Kluwe also wrote this at the end of his essay: "Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Never be afraid to do what's right. If no one ever says anything, nothing ever changes."

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