The attorney for former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he won't file suit against the team for now, after conversations with a Vikings attorney re-opened the door for settlement discussions. Clayton Halunen, Kluwe's attorney, said in an email on Wednesday afternoon that he had talked with Vikings attorney Joe Anthony, and that both agreed to recommend continued discussions to their clients. "We will not be taking any action pending the completion of those discussions," Halunen wrote. He later said "we would expect to know where things are at within the next few weeks," adding the Vikings have agreed to continue discussions. Halunen had said he planned to file suit against the team on Wednesday, after it declined to release the full report from a six-month independent investigation of Kluwe's allegations that he was subjected to homophobic remarks from special teams coordinator Mike Priefer and was eventually released for his support of same-sex marriage. The team commissioned the law firm of Littler Mendelson to review the report and produce a 29-page summary of the findings, which was released on Friday evening. Kluwe and Halunen criticized the report almost immediately, saying it contained inaccuracies and calling it a "scrubbed version" of the report designed to position the team for possible litigation. Halunen offered the Vikings a set of non-negotiable settlement terms last Thursday, asking the team to suspend Priefer for four to eight games, donate $1 million to LGBT-friendly charities and release the full report. The Vikings, Halunen said, informed him last Friday afternoon they would not agree to the terms; the team instead decided to donate $100,000 to charity, suspend Priefer for two to three games and release the 29-page summary.
Chris Kluwe, Vikes to continue talks
ESPN | Jul 23