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Ex-Vikings punter: Coach made anti-gay remarks

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  • In this Oct. 30, 2011, photo, Minnesota Vikings' Chris Kluwe punts to the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Kluwe, who is no longer with the Vikings, says the team's special teams coordinator, Mike Priefer, made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the team. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

      In this Oct. 30, 2011, photo, Minnesota Vikings' Chris Kluwe punts to the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Kluwe, who is no longer with the Vikings, says the team's special teams coordinator, Mike Priefer, made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the team. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

 
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says he "vehemently denies" allegations made by former punter Chris Kluwe that Priefer made anti-gay remarks during team meetings.

Priefer issued a statement Thursday night, hours after Kluwe penned a scathing article on the website Deadspin. Kluwe alleged that Priefer objected to the punter's outspoken support of a gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.

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Priefer says he does 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."

The Vikings say they take the allegations seriously and are reviewing the matter.

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