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Source: Investigation of Chris Kluwe Allegations is Complete

Updated: 07/15/2014 12:15 PM
Created: 07/14/2014 6:08 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls

A source close to the investigation tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the Vikings and the National Football League (NFL) have completed an investigation into former Viking Chris Kluwe's allegations against a coach.

The source, who is speaking on condition of anonymity, says the Vikings are now reconsidering releasing the investigative report because it is "damaging and embarrassing" to the organization.

About six months ago, Kluwe, who used to play for the Vikings, accused a coach of making anti-gay slurs in a team meeting. Kluwe also criticized then-head coach Leslie Frazier and current General Manager Rick Spielman for not supporting him when he spoke out about the incident.

The same source says the Vikings have already made changes in their organization and are approaching this very seriously and are taking responsible action to "correct any homophobic culture that exists within the organization." The source says there is no new information about a separate legal agreement that is being negotiated by the Vikings and Kluwe. 

Kluwe has threatened a workplace discrimination lawsuit if the Vikings do not acknowledge and address his concerns.

We asked Kluwe's attorneys to comment on our story, but they declined. We also reached out to the Vikings, who issued a statement that says, in part, "We have taken this investigation extremely seriously and an exhaustive review is in its final stages. As we have maintained throughout this process, we will have further comment when the investigation is entirely complete and the Vikings have made determinations on next steps."

Kluwe and his attorney held a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to voice concerns about the Vikings not releasing the investigation. They said they plan for file a lawsuit against the team on four different claims.


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