Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings are done with their legal jousting.
Kluwe and the organization reached a settlement, terms of which include the Vikings donating money to five different LGBT organizations for the next five years, and providing sensitivity training to their players and employees. In a statement, the team says the agreement resolves "all issues" relating to his release from the team and comments he made in a Deadspin piece published in January of this year.
“I’m pleased that the issue has been resolved,” Kluwe says in the joint statement released by the Vikings. “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.”
Says Vikings owner and President Mark Wilf:
“As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality. 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.”
The Pioneer Press reports Kluwe apologized Tuesday for a joke he made shortly after the Penn State sex abuse scandal broke. The punter reportedly cut the seat of his pants and put them on, then told Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Kanavy – a Penn State alum – to "stay away" because he was one of the victims, Yahoo! Sports explains.
Kluwe, the Pioneer Press says, said the report that was detailed in lacked context, but declined to get into it further.
The former Vikings punter claimed he was released by the team in spring of 2013 because of his public support for gay rights, and wrote a scathing piece online saying special teams coach Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks during practices. Priefer is still with the team, but was suspended without pay for three regular season games this fall.
Some details of the settlement, from reporters at the scene of a Tuesday morning press conference:
Word of an out-of-court settlement came down last week, but no details were made public until Tuesday morning.
One of the reasons Kluwe threatened a lawsuit was because the Vikings did not publicly release results of an internal investigation the team conducted after Kluwe accused Priefer of using homophobic slurs during the 2012 season. But at the press conference Tuesday, that appears to no longer be an issue.