The summary of the report, however, did not find evidence to support Kluwe's claim he was cut for reasons other than his on-field performance. Investigators talked to former All-Pro punter Craig Hentrich, who gave Kluwe a "C" for his 2012 performance, and former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, who said he "in all likelihood" would have released Kluwe after that season. According to the report, Priefer gave Kluwe the highest grade for his 2012 performance of any of the Vikings' season-ending reviews.
General manager Rick Spielman told investigators that the Vikings' talent evaluators "pretty unanimously" agreed Kluwe should be released, citing his struggles with directional punting. The Vikings took punter Jeff Locke in the fifth round of the 2013 draft and cut Kluwe after their rookie camp.
The NFL commended the investigation.
"We support our teams enforcing their workplace policies and commend the Wilfs for doing a thorough investigation and taking appropriate steps in response to the findings," spokesman Greg Aiello said.
In an email obtained by ESPN from a source close to the investigation, Kluwe's attorney, Clayton Halunen, told Madel on July 8 he did not think the independent report -- which includes a 150-page summary, footnotes and interview transcripts among other evidence -- should be made public, instead arguing for an executive summary of the findings.
However, Halunen said the executive summary he was referring to in the email is the same as the 150-page document he is now trying to get in court, adding that he and Madel were only discussing the omission of report footnotes and interview transcripts that would bring sensitive personal information to light.
The 29-page summary of the investigation released Friday night was not acceptable to Halunen or Kluwe, the attorney said.
Halunen said the punter still plans to file suit against the team in Minnesota state court next week and will seek damages in the neighborhood of $10 million.
Halunen said he and Kluwe had asked for a four-to-eight game suspension for Priefer, and added Kluwe had asked for the Vikings to donate $1 million to charities that support LGBT-friendly causes. The team instead will donate $100,000.
Portions of the report painted Kluwe in a poor picture, like his jokes about the Jerry Sandusky scandal and an incident where he dropped his pants in front of 20-25 businesspeople who were touring the locker room.
Kluwe posted multiple tweets in response Friday night, including:
And yeah, if the Vikings want to play dirty, we can talk about ALL sorts of stuff.- Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) July 19, 2014
Halunen admitted parts of the report "are not flattering to my client." Despite that, he said, he wants the full report to be available to the public.
"They will fight over it," Halunen said. "I know it. If they are required to give it to me, they'll try to do it under a protective order, but I'm going to fight to keep it public."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.