Kluwe to be interviewed regarding allegations

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is set to be interviewed Friday by investigators looking into his allegations against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer.

Chris Kluwe is back in Minnesota, but it has nothing to do with rejoining the Vikings.

Kluwe arrived in the Twin Cities last night and is expected to spend most of today being interviewed concerning the investigations into claims Kluwe made against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, general manager Rick Spielman and former head coach Leslie Frazier.

Kluwe made national news earlier this month when he penned a story for the website Deadspin, claiming that Priefer made insensitive remarks concerning his stance on marriage equality and that Spielman and Frazier allowed such a climate to operate. In the story, Kluwe called Priefer a bigot and Spielman and Frazier cowards for allowing Priefer to keep his job.

Kluwe claims that his release from the Vikings was the result of his stance on same-sex marriage. Priefer has vehemently denied the allegations leveled against him.

Kluwe hasn't named any teammates as witnesses and said he waited until the end of the Vikings' 2013 season to make his claims because he didn't want to be a distraction to the team. However, he has stated in interviews that, if investigators ask, he will name names of teammates who were present when some of the alleged comments were made. At this point, the only witness that Kluwe will call on behalf of his claims is his wife, who he claims witnessed some of the alleged conversations between Kluwe and Priefer.

In subsequent interviews since the Deadspin story broke, Kluwe has hinted that, if the investigation doesn't back up his claims, he will likely sue the Vikings.

While the matter has died down a bit since the story broke earlier this month, Kluwe has made it clear that he wants the NFL and its fans to know that Priefer is homophobic and is hoping that him coming forward will prevent Priefer from keeping or getting a job as a coach in the NFL.

Kluwe's meeting with investigators is expected to conclude today. There has been no timetable set for the investigation to come up with its findings. Priefer remains on the Vikings coach staff at this point and, despite several changes to the staff, is expected to remain as the teams special teams coordinator.

John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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