The NFL has handed down its decision on Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota Vikings running back will be suspended for the remainder of the season without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Peterson has been out since September following child abuse charges in Houston. He plead no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine plus 80 hours of community service. He was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list initially, which paid him his salary, but didn’t allow him to play.
In the league’s letter to Peterson, commissioner Roger Goodell said: “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.”
Do you feel it’s fair that after missing nine games – with pay – that he’s now suspended without pay until April 15th? Peterson’s attorney will appeal the decision.
I feel that the NFL needs to clear on the process, and let it be transparent. It feels as if they’ve been winging things since the Ray Rice video leaked.