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Mike Priefer: "I vehemently deny the allegations made by Chris Kluwe"

Mike Priefer: "I vehemently deny the allegations made by Chris Kluwe"

Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer has just issued a statement vehemently denying the allegations of homophobia made by Chris Kluwe is his Deadspin post.

"I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals," Priefer writes."I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member."


In one of the most attention-getting passages, Kluwe claims that Priefer suggested that, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

Here is Priefer's response:

I vehemently deny today's allegations made by Chris Kluwe.

I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member.

The primary reason I entered coaching was to affect people in a positive way. As a coach, I have always created an accepting environment for my players, including Chris, and have looked to support them both on and off the field.

The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family. While my career focus is to be a great professional football coach, my number one priority has always been to be a protective husband and father to my wife and children.

I will continue to work hard for the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf family and all of our loyal fans.


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