Vikings settle with Kluwe, agree to donate to LGBT charities

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Chris Kluwe

The Minnesota Vikings professional football team have reached an agreement with former punter Chris Kluwe in which the team officials have agreed to donate an undisclosed sum of money to five LGBT rights-related charities over the next five years, according to Associated Press reports, including this one from West Hawaii Today. Two of those charities are The Matthew Shepard Foundation and You Can Play Project.

Kluwe said he gets no money in the settlement agreement.

Kluwe had threatened to sue the team, saying he was unfairly released by the team last year because of his outspoken support for marriage equality. He also claimed that special teams coordinator Michael Priefer made anti-gay comments and tried to agitate him with homophobic language. The Vikings last month issued a 29-page report summarizing their investigation into Kluwe’s claims, saying they found no merit in his claim that he was unfairly released from the team. The report did acknowledge that Priefer did make anti-gay comments. He was suspended for three games and ordered  to undergo sensitivity training.

Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen, said that the amount of money the Vikings will be donating won’t be disclosed due to a confidentiality agreement. But, he said, it represents “a substantial commitment to LGBT causes.”

Kluwe said, “This will help a lot of people that really do need that help,” adding that he is convinced the Vikings and owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are committed to the cause, and committed to being leaders on this issue in the NFL.

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 and that the team’s “focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff.”

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How much does it pay to be married to Martina Navratilova? Apparently about $3 million

Martina Navratilova, left, paid a reported $3 million to ex Toni Layton, center, and about that much to another ex, Judy Nelson, right. The tennis legend had relationships of about eight years with both women.
Martina Navratilova, left, paid a reported $3 million to ex Toni Layton, center, and about that much to another ex, Judy Nelson, right. The tennis legend had relationships of about eight years with both women, according to DNA.com.

Martina Navratilove and her former partner, Toni Layton, have reportedly settled out of court in their long-running divorce battle.

According to the website Daily News & Analysis, the tennis legend and Layton had had “an unofficial wedding ceremony” some years back during which they agreed to share all the assets they obtained during their relationship. Layton was named grantor and trustee of Navratilova’s estate back in 2002. But Martina had her removed from the position in 2008, accusing her of “abusing her power for improper purposes.”

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