Skip to main content

Kluwe not out to ruin Priefer's career, wants him to get help

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has backed off his goal of stopping Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer from ever coaching football again.

Kluwe made the remark in his post at Deadspin.com, which went viral last week.

If there's one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story, it's to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level.

He referred to Priefer as a "bigot" for alleged homophobic comments Priefer made during team meetings throughout the 2012 season. Kluwe believes his staunch support of same-sex marriage was part of the reason the Vikings released him following the 2013 NFL Draft.

On Tuesday, Kluwe changed his tune towards Priefer in an interview with "FOX Sports Live."

"After thinking about it, after reflecting on it, I don't think an appropriate punishment is if he never coaches again," Kluwe said. "I think it would be better if he got therapy, if he got counseling, and then a year or two from now, come back into the league as a role model, help out with LGBT groups, and show people that this is an important issue.

"What he said is very hurtful, but people can change."

Kluwe went to Twitter to address anyone who believes he's backing off his original comments in the Deadspin article.

The Vikings are in the process of conducting an independent review of Kluwe's claims, which Priefer "vehemently" denies. Kluwe has also hired legal representation.

Kluwe also joined "FOX Sports Live" for a roundtable discussion on tolerance in sports with former Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb, Ravens fullback Brendan Ayanbedejo and former Texas Rangers outfielder Gabe Kapler.

Next Up

unnamed

SWAT presence in Eagan neighborhood Tuesday morning

There's a developing story out of Eagan.

minneapolis-ge69a86d93_1280

Comedian claims hotel bed bug ruined his Twin Cities visit

The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Minneapolis states otherwise.

Lindahl lawsuit

Kris Lindahl suing realtor, accusing him of copying arms out pose

The real estate agent is accused of breach of contract and copyright infringement.

Screen Shot 2022-08-16 at 8.44.12 AM

Pair wanted for questioning for assault, property crimes in Hugo

Surveillance footage was released by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 2.49.44 PM

15,000 Minnesota nurses 'overwhelmingly' authorize strike

Overworked and underpaid, the Minnesota Nurses Association is ready to strike.

School dinners lunch

Minnesota to offer free school meals to 90,000 extra students

Gov. Tim Walz, who is facing re-election in November, announced the measure on Monday.

motorcycle

Minneapolis man dies from injuries days after motorcycle pileup

The 69-year-old died after four days at Regions Hospital.

Sebastion Wolbersen-O’Hara

Police: 15-year-old missing from home north of Twin Cities

Authorities say he may be headed to the metro.

Joseph_P._Kennedy,_Sr_optimized

Foundation, the building, the win

Identifying Value Plus Catalysts helps your financial strategy and foundation

boating minnesota lake

25-year-old Hopkins man drowns after falling off boat

The man reportedly fell from the boat while fishing with friends.

Related