Source: Priefer's status with Vikings still undecided

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - A person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports the Vikings announced Priefer as a member of new coach Mike Zimmer's staff last week because he remains under contract through 2014, but no final decision on his status has been made.

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports that a report on the investigation of allegations against Priefer by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe won't be completed until late next month at the soonest, in part because the Vikings' draft meeting in advance of next week's NFL scouting combine have delayed some final interviews. The team hasn't been privy to any initial findings, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Priefer is under the microscope because of the accusations made by Kluwe, who accused the Vikings of releasing him last year over his public stance in support of gay marriage and Priefer of using homophobic language, including saying they should "round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows" in a team meeting room.

"It's just crazy to me that people aren't making the connection of how serious this is," Kluwe's attorney, Clayton Halunen, told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.

Halunen reiterated Kluwe is prepared to take legal action if the report and the team's response to it aren't satisfactory.

"If the report comes out and they corroborate my client's allegations and then they don't take some action, absolutely," Halunen said of a potential lawsuit. "The other scenario is they come back and they don't have a finding in our favor, then absolutely, because then it's just a cover."

Kluwe, 32, signed with the Oakland Raiders after his release last May but was cut in training camp and told USA TODAY Sports last month he's retired. He wrote on Deadspin his hope was Priefer's career would be over, too, though he softened that stance in subsequent interviews.

Magnuson and Madel spent roughly 3½ hours last month interviewing Kluwe, who also turned over forensic evidence, including text messages he says corroborate the allegations, Halunen said.

Roughly 15 to 20 more interviews are complete, with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf – whom Kluwe praised in the Deadspin post for supporting to decision to speak out on the gay marriage issue – among those still on the docket.

Priefer, 47, has been the Vikings' special teams coordinator since 2011.

The team has not said whether the independent report will be made public.


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