Adrian Peterson Suspended For Remainder of Season
The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season. In a statement issued today, the NFL said that Peterson would not be reconsidered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015. Peterson was suspended, “for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May. Peterson pled no contest on November 4 in state court in Montgomery County, Texas to reckless assault of the child.”
According to the league, Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Peterson via letter that his reinstatement will be based on his progress and results of the treatment program and counseling set forth in his court decision. Goodell closes his letter to Peterson by informing him that any future similar conduct could result in banishment from the league.
The NFL Players Association has already made it clear that they will appeal the decision. They claim that a “credibility gap” exists and that an NFL official told Peterson his time on the commissioner’s exempt list would be counted as punishment. The NFLPA believes that the decision and punishment are outside the scope of the collective bargaining agreement and represent “a new and arbitrary discipline proceeding.”
In general terms, this leaves no doubt that Peterson will not be playing anymore this season. While it’s true that the NFLPA is supporting him through this process, he doesn’t appear to have backing from anyone else in his fight to return to the Minnesota Vikings. Heck, even the Vikings’ management has been strangely mum throughout this process. The bottom line here is that those of you hanging on to Peterson hoping he’ll bolster your team at some point this season, can safely release him and move on. Just remember that you heard it here first…two weeks ago.
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