Vikings will donate to gay rights groups to settle lawsuit over alleged homophobia

Vikings will donate to gay rights groups to settle lawsuit over alleged homophobia
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The Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe under which the team will donate money to a handful of LGBT nonprofits over the next five years to avoid a threatened lawsuit.

The team said in a statement it will also overhaul its sensitivity training and work with LGBT organizations to address homophobia in sports. Kluwe will not receive any money as part of the settlement.

Kluwe accused the Vikings of cutting him for his pro-gay marriage advocacy, and claimed that a member of the coaching staff routinely taunted him with anti-gay remarks. After the team concluded an internal review but did not release its full report on the allegations, Kluwe threatened to sue to ensure the full report — and details corroborating his claims — would come out.

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Kluwe announced the agreement on Twitter, where he also posted a characteristic message to all his haters. --Jon Terbush

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