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Punter Chris Kluwe will file a lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings for poor treatment and his release, he said Tuesday.
Kluwe believes coming out in favor of gay marriage led to his treatment and termination. Allegations made by Kluwe cite verbal homophobic attacks by special teams coach Mike Priefer, on him as a member of the team in 2012.
In a piece for Deadspin, Kluwe outlined what transpired over the 2012 season and how he believes it led to his termination. “I honestly don't know if my activism was the reason I got fired. However, I'm pretty confident it was,” he wrote at the time.
The article also mentioned homophobic remarks from Priefer used throughout the course of the season, as well as a turbulent work environment for Kluwe as he tried to voice his opinions on the matter of same-sex marriage.
"The fans deserve to know that what I said about Priefer and the way the Vikings let me go was the truth," Kluwe said in a statement to KFAN Tuesday. "I was persecuted and then fired for standing up for what I believe in, all because some small-minded, bigoted people think that homophobia is okay in the NFL. It is not okay, and now it seems like we'll have to go to court to force the Vikings to admit that."
The Minnesota Vikings posted a statement in regards to Kluwe’s comment. The team said that it has hired former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney Chris Madel to investigate the claims.
"As we have consistently communicated throughout this process, the Vikings will have further comment when the investigation is entirely complete and the team has made determinations on next steps," the team said.