17 Minn. Lawmakers Write Letter to Wilf About Kluwe Investigation

Updated: 07/25/2014 10:05 PM
Created: 07/25/2014 7:28 PM
By: Megan Matthews

On Friday, a week after the Minnesota Vikings released the results of the investigation into former Vikings player Chris Kluwe's allegations, 17 Minnesota lawmakers sent a letter to the team's owner and chairman, Zygi Wilf.

The team released 29 pages of the full 150-page report.

In the letter, the lawmakers say "We are writing for two reasons. Release the entire investigation that is now complete. Secondly, the course of action that has been chosen in response to Mike Priefer's now admitted homophobic statement and his repeated lying about the matter is totally inadequate."

Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer apologized Thursday, saying he "went way below the bar" with his homophobic remark in front of players that led to his looming three-game suspension.

The lawmakers who signed the letter also say the fact that taxpayers are contributing nearly a half billion dollars to build a new stadium for the Vikings means "it is imperative that your organization be held accountable."

The letter compared Priefer's comment to those of Donald Sterling. "Donald Sterling's highly offensive bigoted remarks did not come close to calling for the destruction of an entire class of individuals. Even so, he was rightly banned by the NBA and forced to sell his basketball team."

Meanwhile, lawyers for Kluwe plan to continue to negotiate a potential settlement in their ongoing dispute, which postponed a lawsuit Kluwe intended to file this week.

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