Forum wire reports, Published January 25 2014
Ex-punter Kluwe meets with Vikings investigatorsFormer Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe met with investigators looking into strong allegations he made against the organization after being cut last year.
"I cooperated fully for the investigation," Kluwe told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Friday. "The investigation is ongoing. I'm not going to comment on anything else. But I was asked questions, and I answered them. ... I can say it was a productive meeting."
Kluwe met at the Minneapolis law offices of Eric Magnuson and Chris Madel, who have been commissioned by the Vikings to investigate what Kluwe alleged in a first-person article he wrote for the website Deadspin.
Kluwe alleged that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer used homophobic language in Kluwe's presence during the 2012 season, and that the Vikings cut him in May 2013 because of his stance regarding gay rights.
The Vikings said previously he was let go only for football performance reasons.
The Pioneer Press reported that Kluwe shared with the investigators names of witnesses, who will now be contacted as part of the investigation.
"We interviewed him for approximately five hours," Madel told the newspaper regarding the meeting. "(Kluwe) answered all of our questions. There were no agreements with respect to anonymity of any witnesses or any other facts."
Kluwe said he will return Saturday to his Huntington Beach, Calif.
"If they need to meet with me again, that's not a problem at all,' he said. "I will cooperate.'
Kluwe wrote for Deadspin in an article titled, "I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot." He blamed former coach Leslie Frazier, general manager Rick Spielman and Priefer.
"It is extremely important for the Vikings organization to react immediately and comprehensively with an independent review of these allegations," Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said in a Jan. 3 statement when the investigators were named.