The Minnesota Vikings are keeping their special teams coach despite some recent allegations of bigotry.
The Vikings have announced new head coach Mike Zimmer’s staff, which includes special teams coach Mike Priefer. Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe accused Priefer of anti-gay remarks in a piece written for Deadspin.com.
Kluwe called for Priefer’s firing in the column. He said the special teams coach berated the punter for his pro-gay marriage stance and used homophobic language in his presence.
Kluwe has since softened his stance. He told FOX Sports Live that Priefer should receive therapy and counseling rather than be handed a pink slip.
Priefer has vehemently denied Kluwe’s accusations.
“I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member,” Priefer said in a press release.
Current Vikings have defended Priefer, including safety Harrison Smith, new punter Jeff Locke and kicker Blair Walsh, who Kluwe claimed witnessed the coach’s offensive remarks.