Former Punter Kluwe Says Priefer Should Be Allowed To Coach Again

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Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has changed his mind about wanting Mike Priefer’s coaching career to be over, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kluwe has accused the Vikings special-teams coordinator of making homophobic remarks in 2012, a charge Priefer “vehemently” denies. Kluwe initially had written and said he never wanted Priefer to coach again. Kluwe now says he would not have an issue with Priefer taking some time away from coaching and returning following therapy.

“I think it’s a better example if he reflects on what happened and after like a year or so, with therapy and working with (gay and lesbian) outreach groups, he realizes what he said was hurtful,” Kluwe said Wednesday in a phone interview. “If he clearly has changed and he understands what he said was so bad, then he can become a positive role model.”

Kluwe initially said he had changed his mind about this in a Tuesday appearance on “Fox Sports Live.”

In a first-person article he wrote last week for Deadspin.com, Klume made the charge against Priefer and claimed the Vikings released him in May 2013 because of his activism supporting same-sex marriage. The Vikings have denied that.

Kluwe is expected to meet Saturday in Minneapolis with lawyers Eric Magnuson and Christopher Madel, who are heading an investigation into his allegations. Kluwe hopes the investigation leads to a gay NFL player being more willing to come out.

“It could help if they see that the NFL is committed to doing the right thing and making sure that players don’t have to deal with discrimination,” he said.

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