MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says the team’s special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings.
Kluwe wrote a scathing article on the website Deadspin on Thursday. In it, he alleges that coach Mike Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe’s outspoken support of a gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.
Kluwe also said coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his public rhetoric on gay marriage and several other issues. Kluwe was cut last summer and did not play in the NFL this season.
The Vikings issued a statement saying they take the allegations seriously. They also say he was released because of his football performance, not something else.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson has been arrested again for drunken driving.
According to Carver County online records, Henderson was booked into jail Wednesday afternoon and still in custody Thursday morning. He’s facing four charges — three for driving while intoxicated and one for a suspended license. Henderson was arrested in Chanhassen, a suburb near Vikings headquarters in Eden Prairie.
The Vikings say they are aware of the matter, and gathering information, but have no further comment for now.
Henderson was also arrested Nov. 19 in Eden Prairie on suspicion of DWI and drug possession, one of three arrests involving Vikings players that month.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson avoided jail time after pleading guilty to careless driving and refusing to take a DWI test.
In return Thursday, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired against Simpson.
The Star Tribune reports Simpson was sentenced just for the careless driving misdemeanor. Sentencing on his refusal to submit to the test was stayed.
Simpson was ordered to do 120 hours of community service in public schools. He also must attend alcohol seminars and will be on probation for a year.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Simpson plans to lecture students about staying in school and making good choices.
The 27-year-old was arrested Nov. 9 after a state trooper responded to a stalled car blocking lanes on Interstate 394 out of downtown Minneapolis.
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