Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has settled his lawsuit with the pro football team.
He won’t receive any money in the resolution of his claim that he was cut by the Vikings because of his public pro-gay marriage activism, but the team will make donations to LGBT causes, conduct sensitivity training and host a national symposium on tolerance.
At a press conference this morning, Kluwe said he believes the Vikings owners are committed to making changes to make in the organization.
The Vikings confirmed the settlement, saying on the team website:
“We appreciate Chris Kluwe’s contributions to the Minnesota Vikings as a player and a member of this organization during his eight seasons in which he established many team records as our punter, and we wish him and his family the best in the future,” said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf. “In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff.
“As a family we have long-supported equal rights causes, including marriage equality,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “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 was quoted saying:
“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.”
Earlier, the Vikings suspended special teams coach Mike Priefer for three games after an investigation into Kluwe’s claims about gay slurs being used in the locker room. The team’s investigation, though, concluded that Kluwe’s gay marriage activism was not the cause for his exit from the team.