Chris Kluwe’s lawyer said the Vikings and Kluwe have reached a settlement that will prevent a lawsuit by Kluwe against the team.
The former Vikings punter threatened to sue for more than $10 million because the team would not release the full investigation into his claims about what he said was a culture of discrimination.
Lawyer Clayton Halunen, in an e-mail to the Star Tribune, said there would be a joint press conference next week with details of the settlement.
Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer was suspended for three games in the regular season for using homophobic language.
The Vikings, earlier this month, added Ted Wells and Roberta Kaplan to their legal team, either bracing for a lawsuit or to join in the settlement talks.
Wells provided the NFL with a report on the atmosphere of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room. Kaplan is best known for her work opposing the Defense of Marriage Act.
The Twins open a four-game series against Kansas City on Friday night at Target Field. Ricky Nolasco makes his first start since July 6 as he tries to remind the Twins why they signed him to the richest free agent contract in team history.
Safety Jamarca Sanford has started 41 games over the last three seasons for the Vikings, but he’s in a four-way competition for his starting strong safety spot having to prove his ability. It’s just another training camp for the seventh round pick in 2009. “A lot of people told me I wouldn’t last a year in this league,” Sanford said. “Now I’m going into Year 6. It’s nothing different, just another hump in the road I’ve got to get over.” Sanford will get his first live action on Saturday against the Cardinals after missing the preseason opener against the Raiders with back spasms. He’s had to play catch up throughout the offseason as Sanford also did not participate in OTAs and minicamp. “It was a setback but that’s part of the game,” Sanford said. “Injuries, it’s a physical game. You always have tweaks. It didn’t help the situation at all, kind of took a step back not being out there and getting the mental reps.” With injuries to Sanford, Andrew Sendejo and Robert Blanton, the Vikings signed Chris Crocker to compete at strong safety. Crocker has received the majority of the first team reps this week given his familiarity with head coach Mike Zimmer’s defense. There’s a good chance the newly-acquired safety will start against Arizona. Sanford will get his shot during the game however as Zimmer said he plans to divide the playing time among the four safeties. The new addition will make his battle to retain that starting spot even more challenging, though Sanford won’t treat Saturday’s game differently. Sanford has been in similar situations throughout his career, battling to secure a starting spot with the Vikings. “I’ve been fighting all my life,” Sanford said. “I’m not the prototype safety – 6-2, 220 (pounds). I’m 5-10 — stretching at 5-10 — 200-to-205 pounds. Size goes against me but it’s not about the size. It’s not the size of the dog, it’s the fight in the dog. I know I put a lot of effort this offseason to work my rear end off to come back and help this team.”