MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to file suit against the team this week, in part to obtain the full report from a six-month independent investigation of his allegations against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. But Kluwe is employing another tool to pressure the Vikings to release the report.
He started a petition on Change.org, asking the Vikings to release the full 150-page report to the public. The team engaged another law firm to review the full report last week and released a 29-page summary of the investigation on Friday evening. In an interview on Saturday, however, Kluwe said the report contained inaccuracies about Priefer's conduct and called again for the Vikings to release the complete report. As of Monday afternoon, his petition had received about 900 digital signatures.
Kluwe's attorney, Clayton Halunen, said on Saturday that he would start the discovery process the same day he serves the Vikings with a lawsuit. Of the report, he said, "We're going to get that within 30 days (of a lawsuit being filed)."
In the explanation of the petition he wrote on Change.org, Kluwe said the Vikings had promised to release the findings from their six-month investigation, and he called a news conference on July 15 to criticize the team after it informed him it would not release the complete report. The Vikings, however, released a statement on July 15 saying they had never made or broken any promises to Kluwe about what they planned to do with the report, and investigators Chris Madel and Eric Magnuson released a statement the same day saying they did not tell Kluwe or Halunen in a July 14 meeting the team would not release the report.
A representative from Halunen's office said the attorney plans to file suit in Minnesota state court by Wednesday.