Priefer not focused on Kluwe investigation


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- An independent investigation of former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe's allegations against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer should be nearing its conclusion, but Priefer said on Wednesday he hasn't been focused on the review.

Kluwe alleged in a Jan. 2 Deadspin post that Priefer made homophobic remarks during the 2012 season, also claiming the Vikings cut him because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage and other social issues. Priefer issued a statement the next day saying he "vehemently [denied] today's allegations made by Chris Kluwe," and was retained as a member of Mike Zimmer's coaching staff in February. The investigation has now stretched for more than five months, but investigator Chris Madel said on Thursday the report is undergoing a final citation review and will be submitted to the Vikings next week.

From there, the Vikings will have to decide whether to make the report public or pursue any discipline Priefer. The team might consult with the NFL, which underwent a similar process when investigator Ted Wells' report on the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying case was made public in February.

"It’s been one of those things," Priefer said. "I come to work every morning and I’m excited about the direction of this football team. I really like our coaching staff and I’m excited about our new players and excited about the guys we retained and came back. So my focus has been totally on football."