Goodell Explains Why Adrian Peterson Will Be Suspended For Remainder Of 2014 NFL Season
Welp, if you were holding onto Adrian Peterson in your fantasy league, you might as well drop him now because he's now officially suspended for the remainder of the year. Goodell expounded on his reasoning for ending the 29-year-old's season in an open letter, in which he comes off as compassionate and begs the question "Where was this empathy for the victim when Ray Rice told Goodell he punched his fianceé in the face?"
[PFT] “First, the injury was inflicted on a child who was only four years old. The difference in size and strength between you and the child is significant, and your actions clearly caused physical injury to the child. While an adult may have a number of options when confronted with abuse – to flee, to fight back, or to seek help from law enforcement – none of those options is realistically available to a four-year old child. Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father.
“Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.
“Third, you have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother. You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”
Peterson, who pleaded no contest to reckless assault of a child, will only be allowed to return to football through a reinstatement process that can begin after April 15th. Until then, he will not receive a paycheck unless he files an appeal -- which he will -- during which time he can be continue to be paid until the appeal process concludes and another decision is reached.
[PFT] “The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy.”
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