Chris Kluwe Postpones Filing Lawsuit against Vikings

Updated: 07/23/2014 1:10 PM
Created: 07/23/2014 1:03 PM
By: Chris Long

Lawyers for the Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe will continue to negotiate a potential settlement in their ongoing dispute, which has postponed a lawsuit Kluwe intended to file.

In an email to KSTP Sports, Kluwe's lawyer, Clayton Halunen, offered the following statement:

"I have spoken with the Vikings lawyer Joe Anthony and we have agreed to recommend to our clients that they continue with their conversations. We will not be taking any action pending the completion of those discussions."

Last week, Kluwe and Halunen said they intended to file a suit that would pursue action against the Vikings for wrongful termination and discrimination against Kluwe.

No timetable was given for the renewed negotiations.

Kluwe was released prior to the 2013 season, claiming it was in response to his activism in support of various LGBT-rights platforms.

The Vikings responded saying Kluwe's release was due to Kluwe's performance, age and relative salary.

Kluwe first brought his concerns to light in a pointed article published on

One of the key points in Kluwe's contention was a homophobic statement from Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

The Vikings commissioned an independent investigation of the accusation, and other facts surrounding Kluwe's release.

The investigation, which was partially released, determined Priefer did make the statement. He will be suspended for three games of the upcoming season as a result.  If he completes sensitivity training, the suspension can be trimmed to two games.

Kluwe was demanding Priefer be suspended for between four and eight games, and the team make a $1 million donation to a local LGBT organization.

Kluwe and Halunen threatened a lawsuit after initial negotiations broke down, and Priefer's suspension was announced at three games.

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