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Former Vikings punter alleges special-teams coach made anti-gay remarks

The day after the Vikings game played at the Metrodome, Albrecht Signs was starting to remove some 20,000 seats that are to be auctioned off in Minneapolis, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Tsong-Taatarii)
January 02, 2014 - 1:42 PM

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says the team's special teams co-ordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings.

Kluwe wrote a scathing article on the website Deadspin on Thursday. In it, he alleges coach Mike Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe's outspoken support of a gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.

Kluwe also said coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his public rhetoric on gay marriage and several other issues. Kluwe was cut last summer and did not play in the NFL this season.

The Vikings issued a statement saying they take the allegations seriously. They also say he was released because of his football performance, not something else.

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