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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jul 25, 2014

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is planning to sue his former NFL team for discriminating against him due to his support of gay rights.

In a recent interview with TIME Magazine, Kluwe noted that he is “…now known as the activist punter… So when teams are choosing between a guy who has baggage and a guy who doesn’t, then it’s usually an easy choice for the team to make.” According to Chris, the Vikings refused to keep him on the team because of his outspokenness on gay marriage.

Last Tuesday, Kluwe officially announced that he will be filing a discrimination lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings unless the findings of of a recent independent investigation were to be made public.

Clayton Halunen, Chris’ lawyer handling this case, has stated that the Vikings have been discussing the possibility of a settlement which would include a $1 million donation to two Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) organizations as well as a public apology from special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who supposedly stated in a meeting, “we should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.”

In response to why Kluwe would want these reports to go public, he stated:

“For one, it corroborates my claims, obviously, or else they would have made it public by now. And two, it shows the kind of atmosphere that could be allowed to happen if steps aren’t taken to correct that kind of culture. We want to make people aware that what they’re saying has consequences, and can be potentially hurtful to other people. Even though you are the NFL, you are still a business, and you are required to abide by the law. You can’t say, just because this is football we don’t have to play by the same rules as everyone else, which I think is very important when you’re talking about a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry that frequently takes public funds to construct stadiums and host events.”