A lawsuit between straight LGBT ally Chris Kluwe and his former football team, the Minnesota Vikings, has been averted, the Star Tribune, a Minneapolis paper, reports. Kluwe’s case said the team “wrongfully released” him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage.
Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. Kluwe said he won’t receive any money as part of the settlement, the Star Tribune article said. Read Kluwe’s op-ed for the Blade’s sports edition here.
“This will help a lot of people that really do need that help,” Kluwe was quoted as having said. He said he was convinced the Vikings and owners Zygi and Mark Wilf were committed to the cause, and committed to being leaders on this issue in the NFL, the article notes.
“They want to make this a reality where there is no discrimination in sports, there is no homophobia,” Kluwe said at a news conference, according to the Tribune article.
The Vikings said in a statement that the deal resolves all issues related to Kluwe’s departure from the team and his accusations that a coach made anti-gay comments. Zygi Wilf said he wished Kluwe the best.
“In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff,” Wilf said in the statement.
Read more from the Star Tribune article here.