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Chris Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement, per report

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The former Minnesota punter had threatened to sue his former team, which he accused of releasing him due to his beliefs on same-sex marriage.

Hannah Foslien

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has reached a settlement with the team, per a statement from Kluwe's lawyer Clayton Halunen to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A statement will be issued on Monday to further explain the resolution.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported the news Friday that both sides had reached an agreement to keep the ongoing matter of Kluwe's 2013 release from the team from going to court.

Kluwe planned to sue the team based on the belief that his release was due to remarks on same-sex marriage, allegations he detailed in a Deadspin article he penned in January. In particular, Kluwe had accused special teams coordinator Mike Priefer of making homophobic slurs. Priefer denied the accusation in a statement the same month.

After a subsequent six month investigation by the Vikings, Priefer apologized in July for making one such slur. Priefer was suspended by the Vikings for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. The Vikings say the report validates the release of Kluwe for football-related reasons. The report has yet to be made public.

It is unknown whether the settlement will include the final report or not. More details will come during the press conference scheduled for Monday.