Adrian Peterson Suspended Without Pay For Remainder of 2014 Season
Following yesterday's hearing and promised "quick" decision, the NFL has suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the 2014 season under the league's personal conduct policy. The suspension follows the child abuse case that initially resulted on him being put on the exempt list until his legal case was resolved.
NFL Communications released a statement, announcing the suspension and terms for Peterson, which included the following:
Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was notified today that he has been suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 NFL season, and will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 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.
Prior to Peterson's potential April 2015 reinstatement, he must attend counseling and treatment.
Rules allow Peterson three days to appeal the suspension, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Peterson will submit an appeal right away.
The NFL Player's Association has also responded to the suspension on behalf of Peterson. The NFLPA says the suspension is "an example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements [the NFL] make and the actions they take. Since Adrian's legal mater was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary policy."
The statement goes on to say they will work to appeal the suspension.