NFL not expected to reinstate Peterson by NFLPA-imposed deadline

AP

On Friday, the NFL Players Association gave the NFL a deadline of 5:00 p.m. ET Monday to reinstate Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list. With 5:00 p.m. ET Monday looming and Peterson not yet reinstated, it’s highly unlikely that he will be.

The next step will be the filing of a non-injury grievance aimed at compelling Peterson’s reinstatement. If filed promptly, a hearing could be held and the case could be resolved before Minnesota’s next game on Sunday, at Chicago.

The argument will be that the NFL has reneged on the agreement that placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list until his legal case had been resolved. The NFLPA believes that, with the legal case now resolved, Peterson should exit the Commissioner-Exempt list and play pending discipline under the personal conduct policy.

A victory doesn’t mean Peterson won’t be suspended. Instead, it means he’ll be able to play until the NFL decides whether and to what extent he should be suspended in the wake of his misdemeanor no-contest plea to assault charges.

But a victory will mean that Peterson can play, indefinitely. It’s possible that the NFL has opted not to honor the terms of the agreement because the NFL hopes an arbitration ruling will provide cover for the league, in the event fans, the media, and/or sponsors react negatively to Peterson’s return. If he ends up playing because of a successful grievance, the league can claim that it tried to keep him out.

54 responses to “NFL not expected to reinstate Peterson by NFLPA-imposed deadline

  1. Good. Good. Goodell. Make those slimeballs try to craft a credible defense for an admitted child abuser who has earned over $5 million without working since his actions came to light.

  2. This is getting ridiculous. The man pleaded NO CONTEST to assault. The victim was a 4 year old child.
    The grounds to suspend him for conduct detrimental to the Shield have been met.

  3. thegreatgabbert says:
    Nov 10, 2014 4:36 PM
    Good. Good. Goodell. Make those slimeballs try to craft a credible defense for an admitted child abuser who has earned over $5 million without working since his actions came to light.
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    Why o why do so many people such as yourself greatgabert have such a hard time understanding the difference between defending a process and defending someone’s actions? It’s not a difficult concept yet here we are.

  4. yourfavoriteteamstinks says:
    Nov 10, 2014 4:36 PM

    Too bad for Adrian that the Ray Rice video went public. If that doesn’t happen, his reputation and career would not be damaged.
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    It’s too bad that there wasn’t video of Adrian beating his kid so more people could see the impact of such an act similar to the Rice video.

  5. I can’t imagine any player ever taking this option again. Looking back he should have put his foot in the sand and told the NFL to pound sand and played the last 8 weeks.

  6. So far everything according to plan. NFL delays until Week 11 is complete, then hands down a 6 game suspension. Peterson out until 2015.

  7. Peterson hasn’t played since Week 1. He’s probably not in the best “football shape” to just jump in and play like nothing happened. That’s inviting a serious injury. I’m surprised no one is talking about that. Usually when someone is out for that long they need a couple weeks of practice with the team to get into game shape.

  8. Hard to believe you can’t trust the NFL front office….the next CBA will be brutal, the players will stand and defend themselves, we will be without football for awhile due to a strike…..someone needs to save the owners from themselves and it’s not the present commissioner…

  9. The Vikings are capable of finishing in last place, with or without Peterson. Let them do it with some class this year, suspend Peterson for the rest of the year, he’s a child abuser.

  10. “When did Peterson admit to being a child abuser? He admitted to disciplining his child. Not abusing him..”

    Ummmm, you and AP can call it “disciplining” all you want but stuffing a 4 year old child’s mouth with leaves and beating the child bloody with a branch is CHILD ABUSE!

  11. frank booth says:
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    It’s too bad that there wasn’t video of Adrian beating his kid so more people could see the impact of such an act similar to the Rice video.

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    Pretty sure the whole world saw the pictures of his child’s injuries.

    Also Ray Rice punched his woman in the face, which is illegal everywhere in the US.

    Adrian hit his child with a switch, which is legal in the State of Texas

  12. steves11 says:
    Nov 10, 2014 4:48 PM

    Peterson hasn’t played since Week 1. He’s probably not in the best “football shape” to just jump in and play like nothing happened. That’s inviting a serious injury. I’m surprised no one is talking about that. Usually when someone is out for that long they need a couple weeks of practice with the team to get into game shape.

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    Steve, you’re talking about the guy who blew his ACL abd returned 8 months later and ran for 2,600 yards. I’m guessing he’s ready to go.

  13. The thing that is annoying about the NFL is that they don’t care about making the right decision when it comes to anything important, it always tries to make a decision that “looks” like the right decision.

  14. If the courts allowed a plea to a misdemeanor, why is AP being held to a standard by Roger Goodell, who clearly can’t get it right.
    STOP being stuburn RG, reinstate AP and then leave office!

  15. I wonder about another possible scenario. What if the NFLPA files a grievance, wins the grievance, the league reinstates him pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, but the Vikings then, under significant pressure (remember that both Senator Franken and Governor Dayton weighed in on his earlier suspension from the team) ..the Vikings release him fearing a PR backlash.

    Peterson then ends up like Ray Rice…. a player without a team.

  16. “jrbdmb says:
    Nov 10, 2014 4:45 PM
    So far everything according to plan. NFL delays until Week 11 is complete, then hands down a 6 game suspension. Peterson out until 2015.”

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    Quite possible. But that would be about the crappiest move ever as the delays and foot dragging have been on the NFL’s part….. and what would/should be less than a half season punishment would end up costing a Hall of Fame player a whole year of his playing career.

    I know that even a 6 game suspension would not satisfy those for bloodlust for punishing Peterson severely, but it really would turn into a full season’s suspension just because of the incompetence of the league office…namely Goodell.

  17. He beat his kid until he bled. That goes beyond simple discipline. The graphic description publicly given was absolutely child abuse. That he was able to “talk his way out of it” by coping to the lower charge was our justice system at work (both the good and bad of it).

    AP should not be in an NFL uniform ever again. He SHOULD be in parenting classes and possibly anger management as well. And he should be getting weekly visits from Child Services.

  18. Online message boards and polls are being professionally spammed in support of Peterson. That is pretty obvious, but I’m sure it’s beneath the dignity of upstanding gentlemen like Rusty Hardin or Ben Dogra to resort to such tactics. Or whichever soulless public relations firm they might have hired.

  19. If Peterson was on one of Goodell’s favorite teams (New England, Dallas, Giants or Green Bay), he’d be practicing today.

    There are 2 standards in the NFL. One for the above teams and another for everyone else. This should have been addressed during the Vikings’ off week.

  20. This is so aggravating. In any policy, you create it, fine tune it, get agreement on it from all the principles, and then stand by it. The fact that the NFL can’t stand by what it has set up means whatever was set up was set up incorrectly and was not agreed to by all parties. Again, pure incompetence by the NFL offices.

  21. 33vikes,

    If Peterson would have been on the Packers, they would have dumped him like the Ravens did with Ray Rice. And we wouldn’t be having to deal with this. So the fact that the Vikes haven’t done the right thing and just got rid of him, is really the problem.

  22. I can see now rushing to reinstate him, and making him sit last week after the legal case was already concluded

    However, he was CONVICTED of a petty crime, not even approaching a felony or anything that may require jail time. In response, the NFL has made him sit more than half a season.

    The Vikings season is already over, let the man play. With his cap number, there is a good chance his days in Minny are numbered anyway. With everything he’s done for that team, they deserve their last memories of AP with the Vikes being him carrying a football. Not being suspended for an entire season for next to nothing

  23. I can understand both sides of the debate about whether or not Adrian Peterson should be allowed to play, if what the NFL is doing is fair, and if it’s all in violation of the CBA.

    What I really can’t understand is anyone arguing that what Peterson did isn’t child abuse.

  24. raidercurt says:
    Nov 10, 2014 5:01 PM
    This is so aggravating. In any policy, you create it, fine tune it, get agreement on it from all the principles, and then stand by it. The fact that the NFL can’t stand by what it has set up means whatever was set up was set up incorrectly and was not agreed to by all parties. Again, pure incompetence by the NFL offices.

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    As much as the NFL is inconsistent, and I think AP should be playing…I have 2 words for you. HGH testing

    Both sides abide by agreements when it is in their interest, and find a way around, or flat out ignore them when it isn’t in their interest

  25. After the way Goodell handled the Rice incident , he wants to stay as far away from a decision as possible. I’m with the poster that says he will find some reason to hand down a six game suspension and kill this season for Peterson at as late a date as possible.

  26. Goodell should be fired. Ray Lewis played for a decade. The Pats cheated. Niners have 34 convicts, the Ravens are a disgrace but AP can’t play? Goodell is now out of control. He thinks he is a dictator. The first part of Dictator he is!

  27. Whoever says the Vikes will finish last place in NFC north, apparently you didn’t watch the Sunday Night debacle of Chicago vs Green Bay. Chicago is in the midst of a complete dumpster fire. They could very easily get dominated by the Vikings this weekend and if they don’t fix their issues ASAP, Chicago could finish in last place in NFC North.

    Say what you will about the Viking’s defense, but it is DRASTICALLY improved from last year, and they will NOT surrender 50+ points in back to back games like Chicago’s D.

  28. The league has effectively already thrown the CBA out the door and is violating it at will. Why would anyone expect them to stand by their agreement with Peterson ?

    To bad DeSmith was spineless or he’d be slamming the league in and out of court at this point.

  29. Iknowitall says: Nov 10, 2014 4:39 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. The man pleaded NO CONTEST to assault. The victim was a 4 year old child.
    The grounds to suspend him for conduct detrimental to the Shield have been met.

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    I agree. The league should actually make a decision and suspend him. The problem is they haven’t. They are hiding behind the exempt list so they don’t have to make a decision on the suspension.

  30. Just reinstate him, Leonard Little killed a guy and was back in 8 games. Peterson has been charged for a misdemeanor, he should be back and playing. The NFL has really messed up again.

  31. davetrembley says:
    Nov 10, 2014 4:56 PM
    I wonder about another possible scenario. What if the NFLPA files a grievance, wins the grievance, the league reinstates him pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, but the Vikings then, under significant pressure (remember that both Senator Franken and Governor Dayton weighed in on his earlier suspension from the team) ..the Vikings release him fearing a PR backlash.

    Peterson then ends up like Ray Rice…. a player without a team.

    if that happen i will protest against the team and never watch another nfl game again except to do everything in my power to trash the nfl but looks like i wont have to do much they are doing that them selfs

  32. People deserve second chances when showing true remorse. But shouldn’t he at least have to finish some parenting classes and community service to indicate that? I wonder if he is even signed up yet…

  33. I wonder what is worse for Adrian? Having to admit that what he did to his son was a crime, or basically having to admit that what his parents did to him growing up was a crime?

  34. saundman2000 says:
    Nov 10, 2014 4:36 PM
    I hate politics…..

    I just want to be a football fan and see the best players in the world on the field.
    __________

    Unfortunately sometimes the best athletes in the world make some very poor choices. It is a privilege to play in this league not a right, and if you mess up big time you need to suffer the consequences, you got a guy like Josh Gordon who is missing 75% of the season, and he never raised a hand to anyone.

  35. If you don’t discipline your kids, they will become entitled. Look at the Glazers…. They had all the poor tax payers in Tampa pay for their stadium. Billionaire Welfare!

  36. I wonder what you’d all say if I came into your home and beat your child with a stick until he was bleeding, then continued to beat him.

    You’d probably say “it’s just a misdemeanor. No big deal.”

    Right?

  37. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 10, 2014 9:51 PM

    I wonder what you’d all say if I came into your home and beat your child with a stick until he was bleeding, then continued to beat him.

    You’d probably say “it’s just a misdemeanor. No big deal.”

    Right?

    Were you there? Did you see what happened?
    Peterson sad yes he switched him, but did not leave the Child like that, the Mother beat him again worse, and then blamed AP because he wouldn’t give in, to the extortion for Millions in money she wanted from him! She said She’d fix him! If she didn’t get the money she’d put him in Prison so he wouldn’t have it either.. But of course THAT part of the story didn’t get coverage from the Liberal Press…
    Peterson’s Attorney insisted he take the deal, Peterson wanted to fight it!
    What do you say to that Mr. Blaster!
    Who do you believe?

  38. The National Felony League.

    For AP to plead guilty to a misdemeanor is huge. Aggravated child abuse is a felony,,,but not in the National Felony League,,,you gotta commit a real felony like having your spouse murdered.
    If the NFL keeps this guy they will lose sponsorships and fans. Every time we see AP run the ball, the vision of that child with bloody legs comes to mind. APs legacy.

  39. 33vikes says:
    Nov 10, 2014 4:58 PM
    If Peterson was on one of Goodell’s favorite teams (New England, Dallas, Giants or Green Bay), he’d be practicing today.
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    sorry vikes, if he were in New England, he would be Aaron’s cell mate.

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