Kluwe and Vikings Hug It Out, Settle Lawsuit

08.19.14 3 years ago 47 Comments

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Today the Minnesota Vikings and Chris Kluwe announced a settlement deal ending nearly eight full months of legal drama, public accusations, internal investigations, a coach’s suspension and radiation barriers for islands. In the deal, Kluwe will receive no financial compensation but the team has made a commitment to donate to five different LGBTQ charities over the next five years, including the Matthew Shepard Foundation and a charity former player Wade Davis is involved with according to the Associated Press. Davis is the executive director of You Can Play which advocates ending LGBTQ discrimination in sports at all levels.

Vikings owner and chairman Zygi Wilf and owner and president Mark Wilf released the following statements through the team’s website:

“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,” said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf. “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.”

“As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “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.”

Kluwe, as is his fashion, took to Twitter and said the following:

Don’t actually go mainline bleach, kids. It’s just a phrase like “fall down a well” or “be stuck playing quarterback for the Cleveland Browns” people use when they want to tell their haters to piss off.

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