Vikings to donate to LGBT groups in Chris Kluwe settlement


(Elizabeth Flores / AP)

As part of a settlement reached last week with former punter Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings will “continue to enhance [their] sensitivity training policy” and will make donations to LGBT groups over the next five years.

Kluwe had alleged nearly eight months ago that he was let go by the team because of his support for marriage equality and that Mike Priefer, the special teams coach, had made homophobic comments during the 2012 season. An internal investigation by the Vikings found that Kluwe was released for football reasons, but the team suspended Priefer for three games for one homophobic comment.

“As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality,” team president Mark Wilf in a joint release by both sides. “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, who has not played in the NFL since being cut by the Oakland Raiders at the end of training camp in 2013, was equally pleased and added, “I intend to continue to speak out on behalf of marriage equality and I am pleased to be a part of the impact the Vikings material charitable contributions will have on LGBT and related causes.”

The amount to be donated by the team was not revealed, but Kluwe’s lawyer, Clayton Halunen said (via ESPN.com): “Everyone knows the numbers we’ve been talking about. It’s a substantial commitment to LGBT causes.” He had initially asked for $1 million in donations.

Kluwe offered more details on Twitter:

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