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Vikings Suspend Priefer Three Games After Investigation Into Kluwe's Allegations
Published July 21, 2014
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RIGHT AND WRONG: ESPN.com's Ben Goessling noted NFL Senior VP/Communications Greg Aiello "praised" the Wilfs "for ordering the investigation of Kluwe's allegations." Aiello in an e-mail wrote, "We support our clubs enforcing their workplace policies and commend the Wilfs for doing a thorough investigation and taking appropriate steps in response to the findings" (ESPN.com, 7/19). THE MMQB's Peter King writes "scorched earth" would "best describe the approach of Kluwe in the wake of the Vikings-issued report that found, basically, one confirmation of a Mike Priefer knock on gays and no evidence to suggest Kluwe was waived for his political views or outspokenness." Kluwe is a "smart and engaging person, and he fiercely defends the rights of the oppressed." King: "But I do not see how he justifies poking fun at strength coach Tom Kanavy, who formerly worked at Penn State, by cutting out the seat of his pants and, in an apparent joking way, saying he was a Penn State victim and telling Kanavy to stay away from him while his buttocks were exposed." Kluwe "so stridently fought for the right side on other issues, like gay marriage, and it’s just so sordid to join the crowd in making fun of a pedophile" (MMQB.SI.com, 7/21).