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Mike Priefer: Learned 'hard lesson'

Updated: July 24, 2014, 5:39 PM ET
By Ben Goessling | ESPN.com

MANKATO, Minn. -- Saying he's learned a "hard lesson," Minnesota Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer apologized Thursday for the homophobic remark he made during the 2012 season, while coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman stood behind the coach the organization decided to discipline instead of fire.

Priefer will be suspended for the first three weeks of the 2014 regular season, and he will not be allowed to have contact with the team during that suspension, Spielman ...

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