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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:00 am    Post subject: Vikings Release Statement On Kluwe Allegations Reply with quote

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As Magnuson and Madel confirmed today, the Vikings have never made or broken promises as Kluwe and his attorney Clayton Halunen have claimed. The Vikings have also never engaged in the various comments that Kluwe and Halunen have provided to the media over the past six months. This Thursday, July 17, the team has a meeting scheduled between Halunen and Vikings attorneys to discuss next steps


Earlier this morning, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman spoke with Kluwe, with the punter confirming that the independent investigation was complete. But, Kluwe tweeted that the team has refused to provide a copy of the report to the public or Kluwe himself.

ESPN.com's Ben Goessling is skeptical of the idea, and suspects that the team may be working in tandem with the NFL to find and appropriate time to release said report, given the festivities taking place in Minnesota this week.

http://www.profootballrumors.com/vikings-releasing-chris-kluwe-report/
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kluwe to file suit against the team

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"It's transparently obvious to me that the Vikings are covering up the truth," said Kluwe's attorney Clayton Halunen. "We have no choice but to litigate at this point. Kluwe willingly cooperated with the Vikings' investigation - all he ever wanted was for the truth to come out.

"It's outrageous to me that the Vikings would choose to hide the facts of the investigation from me and from their fans," Kluwe said.


Tom Pelissero wrote:
Kluwe will sue for religious discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, defamation and tortuous interference.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think most any law suit that Kluwe puts in is going to get tossed out, for some reason he is making this about his release when he could claim at best it was a hostile work environment.

As for the Vikings, I like how they got out a news release before Kluwe's press conference.

At this point, if Priefer did or didn't say what he said in the way Kluwe claims he said it (and I think that will be the hard part to corroborate not whether or not it was said), is probably going to come down to the Vikings hiring someone to handle situations like this in the future in the locker room, and Priefer going to a bit of sensitivity training.

Kluwe can still do a lot of work with his causes, but this lawsuit and antics are probably turning a lot of people who did like him as a Viking off from him, and the other people who still like him really don't know all that much back ground anyways.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Kluwe will sue for religious discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, defamation and tortuous interference.


That'd be tortious interference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortious_interference

...though probably tortuous too, in more ways than one.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@GoesslingESPN wrote:
Halunen: "It has been corroborated that Priefer made the 'nuke the gays' statement."

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure how Kluwe can expect the Vikings to release a report on the investigation when it just concluded. If mn didn't promise anything to Kluwe, they don't owe him anything. A lawsuit will make things interesting and force the Vikings hand. The truth should come out but expecting it upon conclusion of the investigation is demanding.

I'm fine keeping this topic open since it does now involve the Vikings in a potential lawsuit, but we are forbidden from discussing the politics and background of the issue. Keep it to football.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obviously they aren't releasing it because it is a negative report on what went on in the locker room.

Obviously some promis or indication was made to Kluwe and his legal council that the report would be made public, or he wouldn't be pursuing further action.

Vikings just drafted our future QB, and have a new stadium being built, and are hosting a SB in 2018.

This is a lot of bad press. Just release the report, and fire Priefer.

The longer this is dragged out, the longer it becomes a story.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
I'm not sure how Kluwe can expect the Vikings to release a report on the investigation when it just concluded. If mn didn't promise anything to Kluwe, they don't owe him anything. A lawsuit will make things interesting and force the Vikings hand. The truth should come out but expecting it upon conclusion of the investigation is demanding.

I'm fine keeping this topic open since it does now involve the Vikings in a potential lawsuit, but we are forbidden from discussing the politics and background of the issue. Keep it to football.


It sounds like Kluwe's lawsuit is a means to force the Vikings hand and get the report into the public's hand as you stated. But the Vikings' PR firm says the team never said they were NOT going to release the report.

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At no time during the July 14 meeting did Madel, Magnuson, or Robbins tell Halunen that the Vikings ‘would not provide a copy of the report to either Kluwe or the public’ as Halunen’s press release of this morning states. At the meeting, Halunen agreed to meet with Vikings representatives on Thursday, and that meeting is still scheduled. It is anticipated that issues relating to the investigation will be discussed at that meeting.


Mike Florio wrote:
With Kluwe committed to suing the Vikings, the Thursday meeting may not matter. Whether the lawsuit actually happens could hinge largely on the outcome of the conversation between Kluwe’s lawyer and the Vikings’ lawyers — especially if the Vikings lawyers show Kluwe’s lawyer a little bit of the sword that will be wielded if/when Kluwe decided to go through with his plan to file a civil complaint.


As Andrew Brandt always says, "There will be lawyers."
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Right, we shouldn't conclude that since it hasn't been released that it is negative. Maybe it is. The legal teams have to sort it out, there is a process here. An investigation was just concluded and Kluwe will surely be given the report once it's played out. A lawsuit was always inevitable.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
Right, we shouldn't conclude that since it hasn't been released that it is negative. Maybe it is. The legal teams have to sort it out, there is a process here. An investigation was just concluded and Kluwe will surely be given the report once it's played out. A lawsuit was always inevitable.


Yeah, releasing the whole report would probably do the Vikings no good, just because it's probably primarily legal language through a lot of it, which means that they need to determine how to release it and how to write up a release, because Kluwe was probably going to sue no matter what, and a lot of people, because Kluwe was previously entertaining and interesting, assume that he still is that way, and he was going to always spin what was said in his favor no matter what was said.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gnat wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Right, we shouldn't conclude that since it hasn't been released that it is negative. Maybe it is. The legal teams have to sort it out, there is a process here. An investigation was just concluded and Kluwe will surely be given the report once it's played out. A lawsuit was always inevitable.


Yeah, releasing the whole report would probably do the Vikings no good, just because it's probably primarily legal language through a lot of it, which means that they need to determine how to release it and how to write up a release, because Kluwe was probably going to sue no matter what, and a lot of people, because Kluwe was previously entertaining and interesting, assume that he still is that way, and he was going to always spin what was said in his favor no matter what was said.


That looks like one of the sentences we had to diagram in college that gave me nightmares.
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GBPACKMAN4LIFE wrote:
The Gnat wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
Right, we shouldn't conclude that since it hasn't been released that it is negative. Maybe it is. The legal teams have to sort it out, there is a process here. An investigation was just concluded and Kluwe will surely be given the report once it's played out. A lawsuit was always inevitable.


Yeah, releasing the whole report would probably do the Vikings no good, just because it's probably primarily legal language through a lot of it, which means that they need to determine how to release it and how to write up a release, because Kluwe was probably going to sue no matter what, and a lot of people, because Kluwe was previously entertaining and interesting, assume that he still is that way, and he was going to always spin what was said in his favor no matter what was said.


That looks like one of the sentences we had to diagram in college that gave me nightmares.


Yeah, that was really rambling, I get on a little mental rant and it just goes to hell.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an extremely hard time believing that Priefer didn't say what Kluwe claims he did.

Frankly, this is a guy who shouldn't have been held over onto this staff. Why he was is simply unconscionable given everything surrounding him and this situation. It was an easy decision to make and they decided to compound it.

Yes it's hard to take Kluwe seriously when he brings up play (I'd still much rather him than what they've currently got...), but if Priefer truly said what is claimed, Kluwe is 100% right in trying to get this into the public light. Especially if the Vikings thought this was just going to go away quietly...
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twslhs20 wrote:
Obviously they aren't releasing it because it is a negative report on what went on in the locker room.

Obviously some promis or indication was made to Kluwe and his legal council that the report would be made public, or he wouldn't be pursuing further action.

Vikings just drafted our future QB, and have a new stadium being built, and are hosting a SB in 2018.

This is a lot of bad press. Just release the report, and fire Priefer.

The longer this is dragged out, the longer it becomes a story.


How negative can it really be? Kluwe is upset, but he's not really helping himself anymore by swinging this into the reason he was let go. Many arguments could be made for his release.

Quote:
@McCannSportsLaw "Very hard to see a viable legal claim for Chris Kluwe against the Vikings. They're a private employer and he's not in a protected category"


Case Closed?
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PurpleNation22 wrote:
twslhs20 wrote:
Obviously they aren't releasing it because it is a negative report on what went on in the locker room.

Obviously some promis or indication was made to Kluwe and his legal council that the report would be made public, or he wouldn't be pursuing further action.

Vikings just drafted our future QB, and have a new stadium being built, and are hosting a SB in 2018.

This is a lot of bad press. Just release the report, and fire Priefer.

The longer this is dragged out, the longer it becomes a story.


How negative can it really be? Kluwe is upset, but he's not really helping himself anymore by swinging this into the reason he was let go. Many arguments could be made for his release.

Quote:
@McCannSportsLaw "Very hard to see a viable legal claim for Chris Kluwe against the Vikings. They're a private employer and he's not in a protected category"


Case Closed?


I think the Vikings could lose sponsorships, and potential season ticket holders. It is already hard to attract top tier free agents, and this could also hinder us in that further.

The faster they create transparency the faster all is forgiven. Not likely that it will drag on for 2+ years, but if it did, that is a ton of negative press that the new stadium doesn't need.

Personally IMO the Vikings are risking too much by dragging this out.
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