Aug 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (5) punts against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kluwe Report Due Soon, and It Might Be Bad News For Mike Priefer


The big investigation into Chris Kluwe‘s allegations of wrongful termination by the Vikings and homophobic utterances by Mike Priefer has been finished for some time now, and according to a report the results of that investigation will soon be coming down the pike. And the report could contain some bad news for Mr. Priefer.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report tweeted this on Monday:

“Favorable to Kluwe” is vague enough that it could mean a lot of things, but we have to assume that any report generally favorable to Kluwe is going to be generally not-favorable to Priefer. And since Priefer stands to lose more than anyone else if Kluwe’s allegations are found to have merit…well, let’s just say if there’s anyone out there who has reason to be tense, it’s Priefer.

I don’t necessarily think Priefer will automatically be fired by the Vikings, unless the report contains some huge bombshell. It’s possible, even likely, that Priefer will receive some token discipline, the team will make some public apology and we will all move on.

The wild card in this whole thing is Zygi Wilf. We know from Kluwe himself that Wilf expressed support for Kluwe’s stance on gay marriage before the whole unpleasantness with Priefer and GM Rick Spielman was unleashed. And we also know that Wilf is very sensitive about the image of his team. So it’s possible that Wilf could swoop in and terminate Priefer himself, if he believes it’s in his best interest to do so.

Unless Priefer did something really evil that we’re not already aware of, I don’t believe a termination is called for. The alleged homophobic remarks were vile and inexcusable but it’s not like he murdered someone or kidnapped a baby. Not everyone needs to be fired every time they screw up, even if it’s a royal screw up.

The one part of this story that I don’t believe Kluwe can be totally vindicated on is his allegation that the Vikings cut him for purely political reasons. Priefer may have been rubbed the wrong way by Kluwe, but it’s also true that Kluwe was not a great punter, and the Vikings had every cause in the world to dump him for performance and salary reasons.

Kluwe’s vehement insistence that his release was entirely about his outspoken stances has always struck me as the weakest part of his overall effort. Sometimes he comes across a little too self-righteous for his own good, and it hurts his underlying message.

If he would just give in a little and admit that the Vikings did have good business-related reasons to cut him, I’d have more sympathy for his cause. But I guess he feels such a concession would hurt his overall position as a martyr for free speech.

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  • David Mallow

    If he feels that he got cut because he supports gay people,then he needs to have an investigation with Miami and Oakland as well..they both cut him before he even got started..he’s an idiot..

  • Bob E.

    Kluwe was wildly inconsistent in his last year, so when he claims being let go was all politics, he makes himself look foolish and like he is trying to play the martyr.

  • Timothy Solum

    I’m with you on that. Some believe Kluwe was the best Viking punter that ever wore the uniform….don’t think so. Bobby Lee was even better than Kluwe because he went out and did his JOB without bringing discredit to the team…he was also a halfway decent QB too where all Kluwe did was punt and hold. You are right about the other teams need to be looked at too if that’s the case.

    • Darin Martin

      Kluwe is a good punter. He had 5-6 solid years with above average kicks, leading the league several years with average yards.. What else ya want, man? He is a punter… he punted. Case closed.

      • Timothy Solum

        You are entitled to your opinion. By the majority of posts here I believe there is NO love lost on Kluwe being let go ( more or less booted out) of the NFL. not just the Vikings but the whole league. If he is a good punter why does nobody want him?

        • cka2nd

          Bob Lee? Seriously. A serviceable back-up QB, sure, but the Vikes pretty quickly realized that they made a mistake in trading Bobby Walden to the Steelers and thinking they could save the roster spot by having Lee pull double duty. Lee was the punter in 1969 and 1971, and his replacements were not exactly Pro Bowlers.

          The only possible discredit Kluwe brought to the team was his curse-laden public letter to that Maryland elected official. Compared to Lance Rentzel, Ted Brown and Darren Sharper, that’s nothing.

  • yortzme

    Mitch Berger was a kick ass punt. Think he was better the kluwe. Plus Mitch used to put it through the uprights on kickoffs, that was impressive

    • JoeyVikes

      And eat a snickers bar from his cleat lol

  • JoeyVikes

    Lost a lot of respect for kluwe after this..not for his stance on gay marriage but for him being a little bitch cause he got cut trying to bring the staff down with him…

  • jeff4justice

    YouTube search: Former NFL Player Chris Kluwe On Bigotry; 2-Party System

  • Todd Robinson

    The fact that no other team picked him up, has got to carry some weight. If this report favors Kluwe in any way, the firestorm that follows will be a huge distraction, unless Priefer is let go. Which is what this is all about. Kluwe’s obsession with Priefer job, and his ability to feed his family, is the cornerstone for all these allegations. If this report does not agree with Kluwe’s allegations, I hope he is man enough to just go away.

    • Turdd Ferguson

      Sorry to say, but he won’t go away if he doesn’t get everything that he wants, he’ll take it to the supreme court next. I actually liked Kluwe and his causes before all this happened, now he’s turned into just a whiny bitch.

    • Darin Martin

      If Pfiefers involvement is minimal, yet deserving of some punishment, this will all blow over. Kluwe will have lost his footing with the NFL as he no longer plays for them. If its handled with a couple day suspension, a fine and an apology…. it will be over the next day. We can keep him on the sidelines and we can all get on with our lives instead of tying up resources dealing with a butt hurt punter.

  • VoiceOfReason

    I for one could give a rats hairy ass about Crissy Kluwe…..he’s a whinny ass little bitch who hides in the same closet as Tom Cruise….Kluwe probably wears his wifes panties when she’s not around…I’m embarassed he was a part of my favorite team

    • RedskinFan

      ….says the voice of “reason”….LOL. That’s pretty laughable!! :) Homophobes like YOU are under intense scrutiny, and one of your kind will be fired very soon for the same egregious behavior you just demonstrated. Word of advice – Keep your posting anonymous. (Just like the typical cowards of the world)

      • Darin Martin

        I was thinking the same thing but would pull up way short of using the word ‘homophobe’. Its used to blanket any speech against gays regardless of intent or stance.While he is obviously a little bit lacking in rational thought, he is nowhere close to a ‘voice of reason’. Some people are just dumb, man. There is no other label.

        On a side note, I find it a bit ironic that you take your stance as a “RedskinFan” considering the latest news involving that “terribly offensive and derogative term, ‘Redskin’.

        I guess it depends on what you find offensive versus other people.

        Just saying, man. Just saying…..

        • RedskinFan

          I’m a life-long DC resident and a 40-year football fan…so yes, I’m a fan of the team. Yet I’m all for a reasonable process, and if it becomes clear to move on from that nickname…I will happily let it go without complaint. In my opinion, that debate is mid-process… In other words, I don’t over-react in EITHER direction if I can, before the time is right. (and it is just a nickname, after all, so I won’t care if it’s changed as long as the team stays put). However, “Voice” writes about… “Chrissy Kluwe”……”a whiny ass little bitch”……”in the same closet as Tom Cruise”….who “wears his wife’s panties”….. all within FOUR sentences. So, sorry…I do not think it’s “ironic” at all, to stay open and flexible to a reasonable discussion, while I point out that “VoiceOfReason” has an OBVIOUSLY HATEFUL TONE to his point of view. Nice try.

        • Zack Selzman

          LOL… nice observation.. People should be fired for using hateful speech.. unless it’s hateful speech against Indians, in which case it’s all good.

          • RedskinFan

            70% of all Native Americans still FAVOR the use of the Washington nickname. 100% of all gay people don’t really want to be “nuked until they glow.” Use your BRAIN, and try to understand that there are always subtle differences, and there is a political process for everything (Whether you like it or not) Even though it’s “fun” to write snarky little quips in retaliation against someone’s post… The quick “sound-bite” reaction (for EVERYTHING!) is the REAL problem in America. I could instantly DROP my use of Redskin because someone doesn’t like it….but what do I say to the group (twice as big) that currently thinks it’s a shame that their earlier presence on this continent is slowly being erased completely from main-stream culture?? Any takers on that question??

  • Daniel Laxen

    Look, the Vikings cut him based on money is what I believe, but He and Priefer had their issues for sure. Priefer said those things and until the other players were forced to tell what was said Priefer still looked ok. I’m afraid this will be scathing vs. Priefer and could lead to his termination. Spielman is a bit on the hook by supporting him, as well. One thing for sure, this isn’t the type of football I grew up watching. He said, she said, shit is always a sticky subject anyway. If Priefer gets fired then Kluwe will be the ultimate winner, and they will both be out of the NFL…

    • Darin Martin

      The Vikings did the same thing to Longwell. He probably could have hung on a year or two more, as he was accurate, but without the distance leg anymore. But they chose to move on before it was a problem. Kluwe was the same way as Longwell. Cut before he cost us as it was obvious his accuracy and range were lagging. The difference between Kluwe and Longwell? Longwell was a man and understood the decision as business. Kluwe’s ego wouldn’t allow his body to over rule is mind and was butt hurt. Plain and simple.

      • Daniel Laxen

        Well, it didn’t hurt that Walsh came in and had a Pro Bowl season either. Locke was pretty bad many games, and he better get a lot better, or that will be a wasted pick…I’m sure Kluwe has disdain for the organization the way he was dumped. It’s become an MO for Spielman as of late. The Vikings lied about it being an open competition similar to how they are lying about Ponder being in the running for a starting job this season. That just isn’t an option. Neither was Kluwe making the team with his large salary, hate of Priefer, and his ego…

  • Bob T

    So the next time my business partner calls me a dusty old fart, can I make a big stink(WHOOPS) of it and land us both unemployed so that way I won? Or does my business partner have to be a Persian Gulf vet like Mr. Priefer?

  • nitramnaed

    “The alleged homophobic remarks were vile and inexcusable but it’s not like he murdered someone or kidnapped a baby. Not everyone needs to be fired every time they screw up, even if it’s a royal screw up.”

    Dan…Get real! It’s not the act here, it’s the lie!

  • RedskinFan

    There’s one thing the writer is not considering. .Kluwe is not looking for the sympathy of sportswriters (or the public). This is a purely legal proceeding at this point. If the report is unfavorable to Priefer, then the chances of a successful wrongful termination lawsuit goes up 100%. …and the Vikings know this perfectly well. Don’t be so sure that Priefer doesn’t get fired over a “screw up”…it happens all the time and often for lesser offenses. Kluwe holds many more cards than most of you realize. He has situation EXACTLY where he wants it. Try looking at it this way… a 12-member jury would not consist of meathead football fans or sportswriters. If your minds can possibly comprehend that, you might finally see how F***ED Mike Priefer really is.

    • MR

      some may consider you fucked up for supporting the Redskin name

      • RedskinFan

        And I’d be happy to discuss it with you, rationally, if you want…. Thanks.

    • Zack Selzman

      Kluwe doesn’t have standing to bring forth a suit. He didn’t get fired because he was gay and recent Supreme court cases have made it clear that there is no basis for a wrongful termination suit on the basis of discrimination for a person who is not a member of a protected class.

    • Jeff Iverson

      You have no idea who the jury is going to consist of. I did jury duty back in March and I can guarantee you from the jury I was in, that more people would of gone for Priefers side than Kluwes. You don’t have to be a a huge football fan to see that Kluwe is just obviously bitter because he got fired. Yes, there should be some action taken against Priefer because you can’t say things like that, especially around people like Kluwe, but I don’t think many people will say he needs to lose his job for this.

    • Jeff Iverson

      Also, even if they take action against Priefer, there is still zero evidence of wrongful termination. They had plenty of reasons to fire him. Poor and inconsistent play, expensive and being a distraction. I would be completely baffled if he some how would win a wrongful termination case. You have to have evidence that he was fired strictly for his beliefs and there is none…

      • RedskinFan

        Look Jeff…..The report is not even available to the public. It’s a 150-page report, and no one outside the organization even knows what’s in it. SO… How can you sit there and write that there is no evidence??? You’re talking like you were there. That’s NOT how the process works (ie. Make a definitive statement for one side before the information is even presented). That act on your part alone makes me realize how irrational people can get over this. Before you send the SAME question back at me…. I’ll answer it now… I know Chris Kluwe through his advocacy work. He’s not a stupid person, not even close. He would never make this much of a ruckus unless he KNEW he had a case. If it made it to court, they would base their judgment on a preponderance of evidence, asking themselves mainly this ONE question – Did Mike Priefer’s PERSONAL OPINION toward gays affect his JUDGMENT when it came to Chris Kluwe’s employment with the Vikings?? THAT’S IT. Most people don’t even know that the Viking legal department officially approved Chris Kluwe’s advocacy work BEFORE he began doing it. If Priefer became a “rogue” in his judgment toward Kluwe, because of personal bias…THAT’S ALL IT TAKES. Priefer is Kluwe’s DIRECT REPORT, and that makes his behavior much more critical in this case. The one thing that cannot be debated is this… Mike Priefer has VERY POOR JUDGMENT when it comes to expressing his opinion in the workplace….the last remaining question is…. How much is it going to cost him? We’ll find out.

        • Jeff Iverson

          Look Redskin fan, you are sitting there the same as everyone else saying what is going to happen if this or that happens, when you as well do not have insider knowledge. You do not know what will happen either even if Priefer gets in trouble so don’t point the figure at me when you are in the same boat pal. Your comment on how it can’t be debated that Priefer has poor judgment when it comes to expressing his opinion in the workplace shows just that. You don’t know what was said or wasn’t said!!!! And just because it isn’t favorable to Priefer, does not mean he has a case for wrongful termination. I don’t need to read the report yet because I can think and use logic. Try it! Mike Priefer didn’t fire him . They would have to have indisputable evidence against the VIKINGS, not just Priefer. Do you really think there will be indisputable evidence that the reason they fired him was for his stand on gay marriage and that only?? Get real. You can’t possibly think like that. THAT is scary. I know Kluwe is not a dumb person but he is so obviously bitter and wants revenge. No way around that. Why did no other team pick him up? He’s average at best and cost too much. Bottom line. What makes you think that Priefers view towards gays is the main question to be asked? Kluwe is not gay so he is no covered. The Vikings had every right to fire him. Kluwe’s cause does not matter. You need to understand that. I’m almost 100% on how this will all go down. They will have evidence on Priefer for what he said. He will get fined and maybe suspended or possibly fired as the worst case scenario. The Vikings will not get in trouble for unlawful termination. You can bet on that.

          • cka2nd

            Wrongful termination would be a civil suit, so “indisputable evidence” would not be the standard required, just a preponderance of the evidence. Nor is the fact that Kluwe is not gay himself much of an issue. Straight people have been harassed and beaten up for appearing to be gay, so the actual sexuality of the victim is not always a decisive factor. On the other hand, political views are not a protected class like race, religion and sex under civil rights laws or company policies. Would a white civil rights activist who was fired from her job 50 years ago because she had gone South as a Freedom Rider had a winning wrongful termination case even though she wasn’t black? I don’t know, but this might be a fairly good analogy for Kluwe’s case.

            I don’t think Kluwe is in this for the money or the personal attention. I think he is really pissed that Priefer got away with saying some truly hateful stuff in the workplace while he, Kluwe, was cut in part (and only in part; sorry, Chris) for his activism. I could see Kluwe suing the Vikings if Priefer gets no more than an obvious slap on the wrist but not if he is fired. How Kluwe would react to a suspension depends on its severity.

          • RedskinFan

            Dude, if the Vikings fire Mike Priefer then there won’t BE a wrongful termination suit. Now listen CAREFULLY to my next sentence… If the report is favorable to Kluwe then the Vikings will fire Priefer to AVOID a wrongful termination suit. GET IT?? The reason it’s taking so long to publish the report is that the Vikings are working extra hard to appease Chris Kluwe (to avoid the lawsuit) as we speak. The report will be VERY unfavorable to Mike Priefer (Based on a PREPONDERANCE OF THE EVIDENCE that we have heard about thus far….and there is a LOT). So basically, Kluwe decides Priefer’s fate. PERIOD. Since you seem to have such a man-crush on Priefer, I suggest you call Kluwe NOW and beg him to let Priefer keep his job….otherwise, his career will be as torched as the Viking secondary. Clearly you have zero concept of workplace law, and if I were you I wouldn’t quit your nightshift at Walmart anytime soon.

          • Jeff Iverson

            GUY, I understand if they fire Priefer there won’t be a law suit because the little bitch Kluwe will have gotten what he wanted but what makes you think they will fire him just to avoid one? And since you can’t read, I am not arguing if they fire Priefer or not. That is not my argument. My argument is that Kluwe will not win an unlawful termination case either way! They have nothing to worry about even if they keep Priefer. Priefer did not, I repeat, did not fire Kluwe! The Vikings did. There is no case for Kluwe! They had every right to fire him. It happens every year in the NFL. Hell, just the other year they released Longwell and picked up Walsh for the same reasons. He was expensive so they replaced him with a younger and less expensive kicker. I’ll bring logic to the table, while you continue to bring biased opinions for your overly self righteous, butt hurt kicker and lame insults to yours. Walmart, really ha? You are laughable my friend. Clearly YOU know nothing about how the NFL works. And what preponderance of evidence do you speak of? Nothing has been released as far as I know.. Why don’t we wait and see what happens ehh.

  • Turdd Ferguson

    Priefer is a hard nosed, asshole, but you know what, he expressed his opinion. Granted, it’s a violent, unpopular opinion, but his opinion none-the-less. Should he have probably rephrased or not said anything at all….probably, but the man’s entitled to his opinion.
    Now if Priefer was a terrible coach, I’d probably go with letting him hang….

    • RedskinFan

      Repeatedly stating your opinion in the workplace, regarding the sanctioned activities of a direct subordinate, can result in some serious consequences in this country. That’s not my opinion, it’s a certifiable fact if you check the written policies of the Vikings, the NFL, and the State of Minnesota. I don’t disagree that “the man’s entitled to his opinion”….But that is NOT THE SAME as what Mike Prieffer actually did. You must know that…. Don’t you?

      • Turdd Ferguson

        I understand that, but we don’t really know the whole story yet either. Kluwe did state in his letter that prior to his insubordination, Priefer didn’t express his stance on homosexuality one way or the other. Priefer wanted Kluwe to focus on football and stop being a distraction. What coach wouldn’t want that, honestly. I know if I were in Priefer’s shoes, his antics would have pissed me off to the point I probably wouldn’t have been so politically correct as to use the term gay, and I’m not even against it.

        • RedskinFan

          I hear you, and I can understand that…for sure. Obviously Kluwe is a major “handful” and probably extremely frustrating…. so I can certainly envision a scenario where Kluwe “pushed” him to make harsh comments that wouldn’t necessarily reflect his true beliefs. I also agree wholeheartedly that none of us know the whole story yet…. and I’m really looking forward to them releasing the report so I can read all about it. I’ll stand by my earlier statement though…. If Prieffer said what Kluwe alleges, and there is documented proof/witnesses…. Chris Kluwe will have Mike Priefer by the balls…. whether it’s fair or not. Anyway, I hope they release it soon during the downtime, so adjustments for the team can be made (if any) well before training camp.

  • Darin Martin

    No one picked him up after his release, and before this story broke, so he was done in the NFL regardless of the lawsuit. I liked Kluwe, and even respected his stance, but since then, its obvious he has more than the gay ax to grind with the team. Methinks he is butt hurt that his career ended so abruptly, because he actually thought he was a top 10 punter, when he is obviously not

  • Todd Robinson

    Chris Kluwe on homosexuality………….I’d rather read Adam Levine’s stance on pimples!

  • cka2nd

    I’ve always figured Kluwe had a legit case here. On the other hand, I’m also a believer in progressive discipline rather than employment “at-will” (that is, at the will of the employer, and ONLY the employer). In a worst-case scenario for Priefer, I’d rather see him suspended without pay but I wouldn’t be shocked or saddened to see him fired.

    I think Locke will develop into a fine NFL punter but I have to say, in the extremely unlikely event the Vikings re-signed Kluwe (I know, I know, he’s officially retired) I would really enjoy seeing the heads of hundreds of Kluwe-haters explode.

    Mitch Berger was our best punter, in my opinion, with Bobby Walden #2 all-time and Kluwe and Greg Coleman duking it out for #3.