Minnesota Vikings suspend Mike Priefer for anti-gay comment

Minnesota Vikings' Chris Kluwe in action on November 11, 2012
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Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will miss three games through suspension after being found to have made a homophobic remark.

The Minnesota Vikings have announced that they have suspended Mike Priefer for three games during the 2014 NFL season after he was found to have made an anti-gay remark to a player.

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe had accused the special teams coordinator of making homophobic comments to him prior to his release from the team last off-season.

Priefer said in a statement: "I owe an apology to many people, the Wilf family, the Minnesota Vikings organisation and fans, my family, the LGBT community, Chris Kluwe and anyone else that I offended with my insensitive remark.

"I regret what has occurred and what I said. I am extremely sorry but I will learn from this situation and will work on educating others to create more tolerance and respect."

An investigation into the allegations found that the coordinator made a single anti-gay statement to Kluwe, who spoke out in support of same-sex marriage during his time with the Vikings.

The Vikings have said that Priefer will be able to reduce his ban to two games if he attends anti-harassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training.

Minnesota Vikings' Chris Kluwe in action on November 11, 2012
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