Adrian Peterson’s Suspension Appeal Denied, Remains Suspended
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal was denied today, keeping him off the field for the remainder of the 2014 season. Former NFL executive Harold Henderson, who served as arbitrator in Peterson's appeal, upheld the initial ruling that was handed down by the league following the plea deal in his legal case involving child abuse charges involving one of his kids.
Henderson's conclusion in hearing Peterson's appeal was that he "has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent." Henderson's findings also stated "He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."
The NFL payer's union reacted to the findings in the appeal case, saying they expected the outcome that was announced today. They expressed their thoughts on the findings in a statement, saying:
The NFLPA expected this outcome, given the hearing officer's relationship and financial ties to the NFL. The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement. This decision also represents the NFL's repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players. Our union is considering immediate legal remedies.
Some believe the next step for Peterson is to file an appeal on the decision in federal court. Any such appeal process likely won't afford Peterson the opportunity to make it back on the field this season, being there are only three weeks left in the 2014 regular season. Peterson still faces an unpaid suspension of at least 6-games with several other criteria that need to be met before he will be considered for reinstatement by the NFL.