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Mike Priefer Releases Statement About Chris Kluwe Allegations

Jun 11, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer gets ready for the Minnesota Vikings Minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The battle of official statements has begun. The Vikings already had their chance to respond to Chris Kluwe’s harsh accusations against Mike Priefer, and now Priefer himself has taken his turn. Priefer’s statement, released personally to selected beat reporters and not through the team (probably for legal reasons at this point) reads as follows:

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.

A few Viking players have taken to Twitter to voice their support for Priefer.

Punter Jeff Locke, who in all fairness was not even around when the stuff went down between Priefer and Kluwe, said “In my short time with the Vikings, Coach Priefer has treated me with respect and has helped me develop as a player and person. I have never witnessed any actions or statements by Coach Priefer similar to those described in the recent Deadspin article.”

Harrison Smith said, “Since I’ve had the privilege of playing for Mike Preifer he has been nothing but a class act coach and a respectful human being.”

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  • Jake

    Everyone who saw Kluwe play in his last season in the NFL (he wont be back) knows exactly why he was cut. He was terrible that last season, shanking punts, punting to Hester types, general inconsistency. Many of you morons out there point out that statistically it was Kluwe’s best season and yet he still ranked in the bottom half of punters in the NFL. That should tell you what you need to know. Does anyone honestly believe a GM like Speilman would spend a 5th round pick on punter simply because the ST coach didn’t like Kluwe’s political views? Seriously? That’s the stupidest argument. Kluwe was not good that last season. This is further evidenced by the fact that he is still unemployed. If he was so good why couldn’t he stay on in Oakland? Why couldn’t he get on anywhere else? The truth is he was a slightly less than average punter who chose to focus on his fame and media personality rather than on football. He dug his own grave and now he’s trying to blame someone else for putting him in it.

    • jhr459

      The bottom line though is that someone is lying and I want to know who.

  • Jordan Nadel

    Zinsky called me a douche yesterday because i said it may have been to quick for him to use the official TVA twitter handle to call priefer a “homophobic bigot” and Zinski replied by calling me a “little douche”. Now he has to write articles quoting players that back my point up…

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  • Daniel Laxen

    So Priefer is saying Kluwe is a liar then?