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NFL: Kluwe, Vikings settle dispute

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Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings reached a settlement over the former punter's release from the team last year.

As a result, Kluwe will drop the threat of a lawsuit against the Vikings' organization, his lawyer, Clayton Halunen, said Friday. No financial terms of the settlement were available because the details have yet to be finalized.

Kluwe argued that his release was based on his support for gay marriage and that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer had directed disparaging remarks toward him. The Vikings contended that Kluwe's release was based solely on his performance.

"The parties intend to hold a joint press conference early next week to make public the terms of a settlement arrived at late last night," Halunen told USA Today.

Priefer received a three-game suspension, which will begin when the regular season opens, and he will donate $100,000 to gay rights charitable and educational organizations. The ban could be reduced to two games upon completion of anti-harassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training.

Kluwe has been out of the NFL since being cut by the Oakland Raiders last year.

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