Vikings Coach Mike Priefer Denies Chris Kluwe Allegations That He's A Homophobe
Yesterday we brought you Chris Kluwe's personal account of why he believes he was released from the Minnesota Vikings, as well as his strong allegations that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is a homophobic bigot.
The Vikings denied that Kluwe was fired due to his marriage equality activism and now Mike Priefer is personally speaking out in response to Kluwe's comments. Here's what Priefer has to say:
I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe. I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals.
I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member. The primary reason I entered coaching was to affect people in a positive way.
As a coach, I have always created an accepting environment for my players, including Chris, and have looked to support them both on and off the field.
The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family. While my career focus is to be a great professional football coach, my number one priority has always been to be a protective husband and father to my wife and children.
I will continue to work hard for the Minnesota Vikings, the Wilf family and all of our loyal fans.
Hmm...so Priefer's saying Kluwe just made it all up?
Do you buy that, Instincters?