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Soon-to-be-suspended Vikings assistant Mike Priefer says he went 'below the bar' with Kluwe

FILE - In this July 27, 2013 file photo, Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer speaks to reporters following practice at NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. Once again, the Vikings are reporting to training camp with some sort of swirling controversy or off-the-field distraction to address. This time, it's the lawsuit brought by former punter Chris Kluwe over alleged discrimination, following a six-month investigation that resulted in a three-game suspension of Priefer for an anti-gay remark.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

FILE - In this July 27, 2013 file photo, Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer speaks to reporters following practice at NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. Once again, the Vikings are reporting to training camp with some sort of swirling controversy or off-the-field distraction to address. This time, it's the lawsuit brought by former punter Chris Kluwe over alleged discrimination, following a six-month investigation that resulted in a three-game suspension of Priefer for an anti-gay remark. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)  (The Associated Press)

Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says he "went way below the bar" with his homophobic remark in front of players that led to his looming three-game suspension.

The Vikings reported to training camp Thursday, and Priefer reiterated his apology for the anti-gay comment he made nearly two years ago to agitate then-punter Chris Kluwe. The words led to a six-month investigation commissioned by the Vikings in response to Kluwe's complaint, and the punishment for Priefer was announced last week.

An unsatisfied Kluwe vowed a lawsuit, but his attorney has held off on filing it while continuing to talk with the team's lawyer.

Priefer says he's sorry for the negative publicity he brought and the insensitivity he showed. He'll serve his suspension at the start of the regular season.