Coach denies claims

Mike Priefer released a statement on Thursday, denying all allegations made by Chris Kluwe. (USATSI)
Mike Priefer launched an announcement on Thursday, denying all allegations made by Chris Kluwe. (USATSI)

Minnesota Vikings particular teams coordinator Mike Priefer released a press release on Thursday denying the allegations made towards him by former Vikings punter Christ Kluwe.

Kluwe wrote a scathing piece for Deadspin that was published on Thursday afternoon. The piece blasted the Vikings and referred to Preifer as a bigot. Kluwe additionally referred to former Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier and present basic manager Rick Spielman as cowards.

In accordance with Kluwe, Priefer once mentioned that Kluwe would burn in hell with the gays, “Mike Priefer also mentioned on a number of events that I’d wind up burning in hell with the gays, and that the one fact was Jesus Christ and the Bible,” Kluwe wrote.

Kluwe additionally alleges that Priefer as soon as mentioned, “We should always spherical up all the gays, ship them to an island, and then nuke it till it glows.”

Priefer launched an announcement to several Vikings beat writers, denying Kluwe’s allegations. This is the whole assertion, through the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

I vehemently deny immediately’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe.

I wish to be clear that I don’t tolerate discrimination of any kind and am respectful of all people. I personally have homosexual relations who I love and support just as I do any family member.

The primary cause I entered teaching was to affect individuals in a positive method. As a coach, I’ve at all times created an accepting environment for my gamers, including Chris, and have appeared to help them both on and off the sphere.

The feedback at this time haven’t solely attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, however they’ve additionally impacted my family. Whereas my profession focus is to be an incredible skilled football coach, my number one priority has all the time been to be a protective husband and father to my wife and kids.

I will proceed to work laborious for the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf household and all of our loyal fans.

The Vikings also released a statement on Thursday, saying that the workforce would “completely evaluation” the matter.

Priefer does have some support in the Vikings locker room. Minnesota security Harrison Smith known as Priefer a ‘respectful human being’ on Twitter.

Jeff Locke, the punter who replaced Kluwe in Minnesota, also came out in protection of Priefer:

Most significantly for Priefer although, he has the support of Vikings kicker Blair Walsh. Several times during his piece, Kluwe referred to something that happened at a special teams assembly. Walsh would have presumably been at those particular groups conferences.

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