MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has retained Clayton Halunen to represent him during the team's investigation of Kluwe's allegations of homophobic comments by a Vikings coach.
Halunen will co-counsel the case with the National Center for Lesbian Rights -- a national advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating bias against the LGBT community.
Kluwe says he will fully cooperate with the Vikings' investigation. He says that the hiring of legal counsel should not be read as a signal of intent to file a lawsuit against.
"I want the truth to come out from the investigation, not in litigation," says Kluwe via a news release.
Kluwe claims Priefer said on multiple occasions: "that I would wind up burning in Hell with the gays…"
He went on to say that in a special teams meeting Preifer said: "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island and then nuke it until it glows."
Kluwe said those statements by Priefer were followed by a tense relationship between them until t last spring when Kluwe was cut from the team.
In a statement Mike Preifer denies all of these allegations made by Kluwe and said:
"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..."
As for the Vikings they said this in a statement:
"We were made aware of Chris Kluwe's allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter. Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate..."