Chris Kluwe fires Twitter bombs at Vikings, says players were caught with underage girl

Chris KluweChris Kluwe went scorched earth on the Minnesota Vikings over Twitter Friday because of his dissatisfaction with the way they’ve handled negotiations regarding his lawsuit.

Kluwe is suing the Vikings and alleging he was cut by the team over his political/same-sex marriage views. He was in negotiations with the team over a possible settlement, but that fell through, and he plans to sue the team next week for $10 million.

The Vikings released a statement Friday regarding the case, which included a summary of an investigation’s findings. The team says the investigation concluded there was no sufficient evidence that Kluwe was discouraged from sharing his political beliefs. They also concluded that Kluwe was released because of declining performance and the distraction his outspokenness caused.

Kluwe wanted the Vikings to release the entire findings of the investigative report for public consumption, rather than a summary/condensed version of the findings. He was also upset that stories about him making fun of the Jerry Sandusky rape case were publicized and felt the need to retaliate via Twitter.

Below is Kluwe’s Twitter strike against the Vikings, which included an allegation that some notable players were caught with an underage girl.

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Chris Kluwe’s lawyer says they have texts from Blair Walsh supporting allegations

Chris KluweThe lawyer for Chris Kluwe says he has text messages from current Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh that support Kluwe’s allegations that Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic comments during special teams meetings in the 2012 NFL season. Kluwe’s lawyer, Clayton Halunen, also says Kluwe made the team aware of Priefer’s comments last May, which is contrary to what the Vikings said in a statement.

In a Jan. 2 article for Deadspin, Kluwe alleged that Preifer made several homophobic comments, such as “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” Kluwe said that some teammates even admitted what Preifer had said was “messed up.”

The same day that Kluwe made his allegations, Priefer released a statement vehemently denying Kluwe’s accusations. The Vikings also released a statement in which they said that day was the first they had heard of the allegations.

“The Minnesota Vikings were made aware of Chris Kluwe’s allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter,” the statement began.

However, Halunen says Kluwe approached Vikings player development director Les Pico in May about the allegations prior to being cut (the team’s owners say they were not aware of the allegations until the Deadspin article). Kluwe also asked the team’s long snapper, Cullen Loeffler, who he says was a witness to Priefer’s comments, to sign an affidavit, but he refused. According to Halunen, Walsh said he would support Kluwe if he went public with the accusations.

From ESPN’s article:

Halunen said Kluwe asked Walsh in a subsequent text message if he would support Kluwe’s decision to go public with his claims and corroborate that Walsh was present to hear Priefer’s alleged remarks.

According to Halunen, Walsh told Kluwe at the time that he would.

Though Walsh may have told Kluwe that he supported him at the time, Walsh instead supported his coach in a statement issued on Jan. 2. Here was his statement:

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Mike Priefer vehemently denies Chris Kluwe’s allegations

Mike Priefer VikingsMinnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer issued a statement Thursday in response to Chris Kluwe’s allegations that he is anti-gay and a bigot. Priefer vehemently denied Kluwe’s allegations.

Here is the statement he sent to some Vikings beat writers via the Star Tribune:

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.

Kluwe was released by the team this spring after eight seasons served as their punter. He held his silence until now, which is when he wrote a first-person story for Deadspin in which he stated his belief that he was cut by the Vikings for his outspoken ways. In the story, Kluwe accused Priefer of making homophobic remarks. He labeled Priefer a “bigot,” and GM Rick Spielman and coach Leslie Frazier “cowards.”

We know Priefer came out last year and said Kluwe’s “distractions” were getting old, so that seems to be a pretty solid sign he was frustrated with his punter’s outspoken ways. Though he denies saying what Kluwe alleges, let me just say that I believe Kluwe a lot more than I believe Priefer.

The Vikings also issued a statement in resonse to Kluwe’s article. Here is what they said:

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Chris Kluwe: Mike Priefer is a ‘bigot,’ Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman are ‘cowards’

Chris-Kluwe-Twitter-Rant-Saints-bounty-programsIt is no secret that former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe believes his outspoken stance against gay rights cost him a job in the NFL. Kluwe was one of the better punters in the league for several years, and he was unexpectedly replaced last year when the Vikings chose to draft a punter in the fifth round. Kluwe discussed all that and more in a lengthy piece he wrote for Deadspin.

The column, which is worth reading in its entirety, is mainly meant to expose Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer as a bigot who was ultimately responsible for Kluwe’s termination. After Kluwe had written some articles supporting same-sex marriage in Minnesota, he recalled a time when Priefer made a shockingly homophobic remark during a special teams meeting.

“We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows,” Kluwe claims Priefer said.

Kluwe said that his Vikings teammates, some of whom disagreed with his stance but were always respectful, agreed that what Priefer said was “messed up.”

After Kluwe wrote to a Maryland politician and chastised him for his stance on gay marriage last September, he said then-head coach Leslie Frazier called him into his office twice to ask him to keep quiet and stop calling attention to himself. Between the first and second meetings, Kluwe said Vikings owner Zigi Wylf told him he was proud of him for speaking out. Frazier supposedly agreed — reluctantly — that he had been overruled.

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Chris Kluwe went off on San Francisco 49ers for letting Aldon Smith play

Aldon Smith mug shotDespite being arrested for his second DUI in less than two years on Friday, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was still allowed to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Niners CEO Jed York justified the decision by saying the team felt keeping Smith active was the best thing for his future. The always-outspoken Chris Kluwe strongly disagreed.

Like many others, Kluwe felt that San Francisco allowed Smith to play for one reason — they wanted to win. Obviously, it didn’t work.

“Listening to the announcers justify playing Aldon Smith is pretty ridiculous,” Kluwe wrote on Twitter. “The sole reason he’s playing is because they care more about winning a child’s game than what a man does with his life.”

In particular, Kluwe was angry with the assertion that Smith could file a grievance against the team if they made him inactive after police reportedly found weed and pills in his car.

[Related: Roddy White tells ESPN announcers to lay off Aldon Smith]

“Dear sports analysts. If you don’t know what “conduct detrimental” is, kindly refrain from sharing your ignorance with other people,” Kluwe wrote. “Thanks! For those curious, ‘conduct detrimental’ is a clause in EVERY player’s contract that states you can be fined and/or suspended if you engage in behavior deemed detrimental to the image of the team and/or league. It applies to EVERYONE. So saying ‘the 49ers didn’t have a choice’ is flat out hypocritical bulls— and you should be ashamed of yourselves. Do your f—ing job.

“A head coach can make any player inactive. He could suspend him for conduct detrimental. He could cut him if he wanted to. He could keep him active and not let him go on the field. There are numerous scenarios where Smith doesn’t play today, but there he is.”

We agree. The decision to play Smith was inexcusable given the problems he has gotten himself into off the field. Smith is reportedly going to go to rehab as soon as this week, which probably isn’t a bad idea. Allowing him to play was a horrible choice.

Chris Kluwe released by Oakland Raiders after losing punting battle

Chris KluweWe laughed at the Oakland Raiders for keeping two punters and four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster Saturday, but it looks like they solved that issue.

Veteran punter Chris Kluwe tweeted his goodbyes and thank-yous on Twitter Sunday after losing the punting job to newbie Marquette King.

Thanks to everyone at the Raiders for the opportunity this preseason. It was a blast. Marquette King’s got a bright future with you guys! … Feel like we both had a pretty strong preseason. No regrets,” Kluwe wrote in separate tweets.

The Raiders also reportedly waived quarterback Tyler Wilson, whom they drafted in the fourth round. They paid Wilson nearly a $500,000 signing bonus and likely won’t see any returns on that money. Wilson was fourth on the QB depth chart behind Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, and undrafted rookie Matt McGloin.

Chris Kluwe drops Aaron Hernandez joke on ‘Conan’ (Video)

Chris-Kluwe-ConanChris Kluwe has been one of the most outspoken players in the NFL over the past several years, particularly when it comes to advocating for human rights and same-sex marriage. The Oakland Raiders punter has never been shy about speaking his mind, and he proved that again on Thursday night with a perfectly timed Aaron Hernandez joke.

Kluwe appeared on “Conan” to promote his new book, “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies.” At at around the 3:30 mark of the video above, Conan O’Brien asked him if the NFL has ever given him any grief over the tireless effort he has put toward advancing equality. The response:

“They pretty much just left me alone,” Kluwe said. “As long as you’re not out shooting people…”

The crowd erupted with laughter and Kluwe was clearly proud of himself. I’m not sure I would have wanted to be the first one to drop a Hernandez joke, given the fact that Odin Lloyd’s family is still mourning his death. That being said, it was bound to happen. Leave it to the guy who quotes popular comedy movies when discussing the NFL Draft. Just wait until Hernandez makes his way onto Kluwe’s infamous whiteboard.

H/T Eye on Football