Report: Adrian Peterson Declined To Appear To Scheduled Meeting With NFL
The NFL is a beautiful example of disorganized government.
Between the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson proceedings, things have been confusing and, apparently, out of order. According to a post by Adam Scheffer on Facebook, Adrian Peterson declined to appear at a scheduled meeting on Friday. Peterson is mired in a case of child abuse, and has been on the commissioner's exempt list.
After Peterson had failed to reschedule another meeting, the NFL proceeded without him on Friday.
Schefter wrote on Facebook:
This is a different, more significant hearing than the conference call set for 2 p.m. Monday, about when Peterson’s grievance relating to remaining on the commissioner’s exempt list will be heard. The Friday meeting was the one that would have been for a disciplinary decision on Peterson’s past and future.
The NFL is attempting to speed through this case with hopes of coming to a conclusion. The NFLPA is displeased with the way in which the NFL has handled the case. It's unclear if Peterson's absence means that he, too, is unhappy with the proceedings. By email, NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah shed some light on his grievances:
"The League office seems more focused on creating an arbitrary disciplinary process for Adrian instead of honoring a signed agreement to remove him from the Commissioner's list,” Atallah emailed Saturday. “They are simply making stuff up as they go along. They should commit their efforts to meeting us at the table to collectively bargain a new personal conduct policy."
A league source issued a statement, however, to clarify why they had proceeded without Peterson:
“We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate,” said a league official. “We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled.
“We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us.”
We'll keep you posted on further developments. It is unclear how or whether his absence will affect his status.
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