Chris Kluwe settlement: Vikings pledge to be LGBT activists
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Sure, they might still employ a coach who joked about nuking gays, but as part of their settlement with disgruntled former punter Chris Kluwe, Vikings officials pledge to be pro-LGBT activists.
"As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality," Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf says in a team statement released today about the settlement. "We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues."
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Chris Kluwe held a news conference in Minneapolis this morning about the settlement. Here are some highlights, as tweeted by local reporters:
Kluwe settlement includes agreement that neither party disparage other on claims of lawsuit. Lawyer says can still talk about experiences.-- Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) August 19, 2014
Kluwe lawyer says settlement also includes 4 times a year diversity and sensitivity training for all players and staff.-- Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) August 19, 2014
Kluwe receives no economic compensation from settlement.-- Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) August 19, 2014
Full report on Mike Priefer's homophobic claims will not be released. Kluwe & attorney were allowed to review it & were satisfied.-- Blake McCoy (@BlakeKARE11) August 19, 2014
Kluwe said he wanted full report, but came to realization it wasn't worth dragging out a long legal battle.-- Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) August 19, 2014
In his characteristically colorful way, Kluwe shared some of his own thoughts about the settlement on Twitter:
I believe the Vikings are committed to being leaders on the subject of homophobia in sports, and will work to make significant change.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) August 19, 2014
Also, I get exactly ZERO dollars from this settlement, so if you sent me a nasty message over the past months, go mainline bleach.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) August 19, 2014
And no, the report won't be made public. Our worry there was that there were systemic problems being covered up, but there weren't.-- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) August 19, 2014
In the team's statement, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says, "We appreciate Chris Kluwe's contributions to the Minnesota Vikings as a player and a member of this organization during his eight seasons in which he established many team records as our punter, and we wish him and his family the best in the future."
"In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff," Zygi adds.
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