17 DFL legislators signed a letter to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Friday demanding that the team release a report about homophobia and to increase the punishment for special teams coach Mike Priefer.
“We are writing for two reasons,” the letter reads. “Release the entire investigation that is now complete. Secondly, the course of action that has been chosen in response to Mike Priefer’s now admitted homophobic statement and his repeated lying about the matter is totally inadequate.”
In response to allegations lodged by former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, the Vikings conducted an investigation into homophobia within the team’s management. The Vikings declined to release the findings of that investigation, instead opting to release 25 pages of a 150 page report.
The letter stated, “The summary prepared on behalf of the team that was released on July 18 at least made two things clear—that coach Mike Priefer did in fact say something shockingly out of bounds in any civil society and that he repeatedly lied about it.”
The legislators said that Priefer’s statement, “…round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows,” is “tantamount to calling for the genocide of all LBGT people.”
The legislators also mentioned that Minnesota taxpayers have put up a half billion dollars to help the Vikings build a new stadium, and that those taxpayers should have access to the full report commissioned by the Vikings.
“In light of this enormous public effort, it is imperative that your organization be held accountable. This is especially true when it would seem that Vikings leadership is turning a blind eye to such egregious misconduct and seems determined to remain opaque to the very public which has invested so much in the success of your team.”
The letter was signed by Sens. D. Scott Dibble, Richard Cohen, John Hoffman, Chuck Wiger, Melisa Franzen, Sandra L. Pappas, Jim Carlson, John Marty, Foung Hawj, Ron Latz, Bev Scalze, Kari Dziedzic, Susan Kent, and Barb Goodwin; and by Reps. Karen Clark, Susan Allen, and Frank Hornstein,
The Minnesota Vikings released a statement in response to the lawmakers’ letter.
“The Vikings retained two highly-respected and experienced lawyers to conduct a thorough and independent investigation of the claims made by Chris Kluwe. The results of their exhaustive six month investigation were provided to a leading employment law firm for review.
“As a result of the findings, we have taken the appropriate actions to hold individuals accountable and to ensure we continue to have a workplace environment that respects tolerance, diversity and inclusion. We have addressed this matter completely and are unable to comment further due to pending litigation.”