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Dibble rushes to Kluwe’s aid, asks Wilf to release report on alleged homophobia

Dibble tells the Vikings owner that all the state money going to pay for the new stadium requires the team to be “held to the highest standards of tolerance and inclusion.”

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe got the attention of the national media — gathered in Minneapolis for the All-Star Game — with his announcement this morning that he’ll sue the Vikings unless they make public the results of an investigation into alleged homophobia and intolerance in the organization that he claims led to his dismissal from the team.

State Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis DFLer who was a leader in the successful effort to legalize gay marriage in the state, said this afternoon that he sent a letter to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, calling for the results of the independent, six-month investigation results to be made public.

In the letter he said:

“Given the sizable amount of taxpayer funds provided to the Vikings for the construction of your new stadium, it is crucial that your organization be held to the highest standards of tolerance and inclusion … it was promised to me that a free, fair and open investigation [of the Kluwe allegations] would be carried out.

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“… As a business partner of the state of Minnesota, I expect your organization to release the results of the investigation, that decisive action be taken against those responsible, and that strong steps be taken to implement internal cultural and policy changes, should his claims be found credible.”