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Kluwe lawyer says settlement reached with Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS -- The lawyer for former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said Friday a settlement has been reached with the team, avoiding a lawsuit.

“We intend to hold a press conference regarding a settlement being reached amongst the parties,” Clayton Halunen wrote in a text to the Pioneer Press.

Halunen in an earlier text has indicated the announcement would be Monday.

“We will have a statement Monday about a settlement,” Halunen first wrote.

Kluwe accused the Vikings in a first-person article on Deadspin.com in January of releasing him in May 2013 because of his outspoken views on same-sex marriage and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer of making homophobic remarks during the 2012 season.

Halunen said earlier this month a possible lawsuit would be put on hold to engage in further settlement talks with the Vikings. The sides met on Aug. 6 and on Thursday.

“Conversations are ongoing and nothing has been finalized,” Vikings executive vice president of legal affairs Kevin Warren said Friday.

Priefer was given a three-game suspension to start the 2014 NFL season because of one comment.

The Pioneer Press is a media partner with Forum News Service.

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