Chris Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement, money to charity

Chris Kluwe won't be suing his former team after all. (USATSI)
Chris Kluwe won't be suing his former team after all. (USATSI)

Chris Kluwe and the Vikings have reached a settlement that will avoid a lawsuit from the former punter directed toward the team.

Kluwe threatened the team with a lawsuit claiming he was booted in some discriminatory fashion but will "absolutely" not go forward with it after this settlement, his lawyer told Tom Pelissero of USA Today

"The parties intend to hold a joint press conference early next week to make public the terms of a settlement arrived at late last night," Clayton Halunen told Pelissero. 

Despite that claim from Halunen, Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson told Pelissero "nothing is finalized and conversations continue."

Kluwe claims his 2013 release from the Vikings was a result of discrimination based on his outspoken opinions and personal beliefs, and also claimed in a letter to Deadspin.com that Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer made him feel "uncomfortable" with things he said in the locker room. 

“I felt uncomfortable each time Mike Priefer said these things," Kluwe wrote. "After all, he was directly responsible for reviewing my job performance, but I hoped that after the vote concluded in Minnesota his behavior would taper off and eventually stop."

Priefer was suspended three games by the Vikings for his behavior and will have to donate $100,000 to LGBT charities.

Kluwe tweeted a series of notes about the settlement from his, ahem, always active Twitter account:

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