League won’t provide timetable on Peterson decision

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With Vikings running back Adrian Peterson closing in on a no-contest plea to misdemeanor assault charges, a quick decision on his playing status may not come from the NFL.

“We will review the court documents,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via email. “We cannot speculate on a timetable for a decision.”

Even if the league can’t speculate on a timetable, time remains of the essence. Peterson has missed eight games pending the resolution of the case. Some would say that’s enough of a punishment in light of the crime to which he will plead no contest later today.

Either way, a decision needs to come by next week, when the Vikings return from their bye. Failure to make a decision necessarily becomes a decision to extend his suspension.

75 responses to “League won’t provide timetable on Peterson decision

  1. Ie; until we can find a way to get out of this without looking like the total jerks that we are, the league isn’t going to do anything.

  2. AP has missed eight games already. The only issue at this point is how many game checks he should forfeit. I say at least 4, and the league should donate that money to charity. Then, we all move on. The days of our pro athletes being role models are long gone but that doesn’t mean AP should be banned from the league, or miss the rest of the season.

  3. I won’t be able to understand how the league could justify ineligibility for the Vikings’ next game, unless it’s tied to the fact that he was paid during his time on the exempt list. Forfeit those checks, go to some parenting classes, and get back on the field Two Eight.

  4. I heard a rumor on the local radio that Peterson is ready to sue the NFL in Federal Court if they refuse to rule on his status after the plea deal.

  5. Eight weeks off with pay does not count as a punishment (unless you are talking about the Vikings organization).

    Using the Ray Rice case as an example, the Goodell and the NFL will do whatever it has to so that Peterson does not play again this year.

  6. Free Adrian! Stop punishing him unfairly! Let him play the rest of this season. It’s a crime he already missed 8 games for something not worth that! Review his case in the offseason, and come to a decision for a suspension at the beginning of next year, just like every other player. Leveon is playing with a misdeamenor. So is Blount. That’s because everyone deserves a right to an appeal of a suspension in the offseason, which is why the NFL does that for every other player. (Dbowe, Welker, Josh Gordon, Aldon Smith, etc for about 1million examples) Stop this vigilante bull! This is ridiculous!

  7. Interesting. So many people saying he will be in prison. So many people convicting the man before they knew much at all. So many people wrong. So many Packer fans running scared.

  8. The NFL is really fortunate with the timing of his court cases resolution falling simultaneously with the Vikings bye week. If the NFL is smart, which I’m not sure they are, they’ll make a quick decision with this.

    IMO, he’s done more than his fair share of time as far as the NFL is concerned and should be allowed to return to his job. His punishment should be whatever the judge hands out, which will likely be some parenting classes and counseling.

  9. jrbdmb says:
    Nov 4, 2014 11:54 AM
    Eight weeks off with pay does not count as a punishment (unless you are talking about the Vikings organization).
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    Or does it? 8 weeks of his career taken away from him. Does he have bonuses for performance? Pro bowl? Playoffs? You cannot say what his true financial “suspension” is without seeing his entire contract. Not to mention his future earnings hurt due to the bad press from his misdemeanor.

  10. Any guilty plea should result in the NFL suspending him at the very least for the rest of the season without pay! In my opinion, anything less just further proves the league doesn’t care about abuse of any kind, just the all mighty dollar!

  11. “Any guilty plea should result in the NFL suspending him at the very least for the rest of the season without pay!”

    You can’t suspend someone for a full season for a misdemeanor. Period. If you have a problem with the crime being negotiated down to that level, your problem is with the prosecutor not the league.

  12. I think Peterson should be reinstated immediately, maybe with a 6-game fine. Isn’t the policy on domestic violence a 6-game suspension? He’s served 8 already so take the pay for 6 of them and there you go.

    Nevertheless, I don’t want him back on my team unless he shows remorse and admits that he went too far. If he’s going to keep up with the idea that he was just disciplining his child, he can sit out the rest of the year as far as I’m concerned.

  13. It sounds like Peterson and his representives plus the Vikings heve been in contact with the NFL prior to taking the plea agreement witch would lead one to think Peterson already knows when he’s gonna play again, Which I think will be after thier bye against the Bears.

  14. I don’t agree with what AP did, but he has become 1 of the fall guys for the Ray Rice fiasco by missing 8 games. Sure he got paid, but they pretty much crippled him and the Vikings this year.

  15. In Teddy We Trust

    He was just disciplining his child…and he already admitted to the mother that he went too far. What do you want him to do? He’s not going to single you out and apologize to you. Sorry.

  16. Roethlisberger got 6 for allegations, Rice 2 for knocking out his wife. He has missed 8 games, most likely out of step unless he was allowed to be around the team. Retroactively fine home game checks and let him play. Won’t make a difference in the Vikings standings anyways.

  17. biggpackfan says:
    Nov 4, 2014 11:57 AM

    Getting paid is not a suspension…he still has 6 games unpaid coming Roj if you want the league to regain any integrity all
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    WRONG! When he cuts a check back to the NFL, his suspension will have been served.

    He will be back on the field against Chicago!

  18. Once again the NFL is under no obligation to placate the wishes of the media to give timetables for anything. They can and will do what they want as they see fit.

    Yes, Peterson has missed 8 games but you can hardly call it a suspension as he was getting paid to basically work out and sit on his couch. It would be fitting to suspend him for another 2 games, or whatever the personal conduct policy will allow for this situation.

  19. The NFL suspended him WITH PAY for 8 weeks so he could use his down time to “smoke a little weed.” What a tragedy. This guy is a loser. I don’t care what happens to him.

  20. I don’t understand. Yes, the league’s being a little non-committal here, but they’re allowed a one-off because of the excellent job they do the rest of the time being precise, transparent, and fair.

  21. Sometime in the next couple of weeks I’d sure like to see AP hold a press conference where, without a script, admit that he has done wrong and has somethings to learn in life. And then set about doing so.

    The time to hide behind lawyers is just about done.

  22. He was not allowed to be around the team. This case was never going to result in a felony conviction and this deal proves that. It’s over. Reinstate him now and be done with it.

  23. biggpackfan says:
    Nov 4, 2014 11:57 AM
    Getting paid is not a suspension…he still has 6 games unpaid coming Roj if you want the league to regain any integrity all

    He won’t be suspended if pleaded down to a misdemeanor…

  24. First, I don’t think he is currently suspended? He is on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list; so that means he has to be re-instated. As far as punishment goes, the purpose of a suspension is three-fold. First, he cannot have official contact with the team, including using the teams facilities or being at the stadium for games, etc…Second, to take away his playing privileges, and lastly, t not compensate him for playing. Seems to me the first two were/are being accomplished by his current status; so, taking away some game checks is all that is left. Now, that can be tricky for the NFL too. As he will plead no contest to a misdeamenor assault with NO mention of domestic violence. So fine him his 2 game checks, that which you fned Rice and be done with it. he has already lost millions in endorsements and incentive bonuses in his contract. Grow up, move on and let’s play football!

  25. AP will be back quit trying to spin it and just admit your team is scared AP is going to be running like one mad RB
    and run over your defence

  26. conormacleod says:

    Interesting. So many people saying he will be in prison. So many people convicting the man before they knew much at all.
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    We saw the pictures and he admitted what he did. And he was reported for child abuse by two different mothers of two different children.

  27. The league will reinstate AP shortly after the deal is done. Given he’s already missed 8 games, I don’t think there is much else they will do, other than include a statement that the league does not condone violence against children.

  28. icanspeel says:
    Nov 4, 2014 12:12 PM
    I don’t agree with what AP did, but he has become 1 of the fall guys for the Ray Rice fiasco by missing 8 games. Sure he got paid, but they pretty much crippled him and the Vikings this year.

    Well said. If not for Rice/Hardy/McDonald this would be a back-burner issue. I don’t agree with AP’s actions either but the NFL’s bungling of the wife-beaters cases allowed the media to somehow make a corporal punishment case the equal to knocking your fiancee out cold in an elevator.

    Apparently it was just one instance of taking child discipline too far, but AP needs to publicly own this and – more importantly – state that the whoopings he took as a child back then don’t justify giving them out today as a parent. He can win back most fans by committing to this never happening again. Because if it does happen again he will lose all respect from everybody.

  29. I was a huge fan of Peterson. After seeing those photos of his child, my opinion of Peterson as a human changed dramatically. He didn’t just correct his child, he injured his boy to the point medical attention was needed. Suspension? The guy should be incarcerated. With a guilty plea on a misdemeanor Child abuse charge, the maximum sentence is 1 year. He will be fined, he must rehabilitate. Look at the photos of that child and tell me Peterson doesn’t deserve it.

  30. markod52 says:
    Nov 4, 2014 12:28 PM
    Sometime in the next couple of weeks I’d sure like to see AP hold a press conference where, without a script, admit that he has done wrong and has somethings to learn in life.
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    Why? Because he owes you an apology? He plays football. Stop trying to make it sound like he abused his authority as a teacher, peace officer, or clergy. He plays football. That’s it. Nothing else.

    You know what I’d like to see? I’d like to see the man earn his paychecks by carrying the football.

  31. Fact is this was not really a huge ordeal and a prosecutor used his power in an attempt to make a name for himself.

    May 2014 Prosecutor goes to Grand Jury – Jury says No

    Sept 2014 -Day after Ray Rice Prosecutor goes to Grand Jury Again – Jury because of the RR stuff says Yes

    Nov 2014 Prosecutor now see he has now case just like in May and creates Peal Deal for Peterson which involve no prison, no major fine as 2K is like the chnage in our cars to AP. And a waste of texas tax payers money. Each grand jury =10k and all the money spent on everything else with this case.

    So who wins: Only the Prosecutor he made name for himself and can say AP did not get off.

  32. I wouldn’t let him back without some contrition on his part. So far, it looks like he gets to avoid that. So far, it seems like he still doesn’t think what he did was wrong. Until he understands that it was wrong, I don’t want him around the NFL.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 4, 2014 12:05 PM

    “Any guilty plea should result in the NFL suspending him at the very least for the rest of the season without pay!”

    You can’t suspend someone for a full season for a misdemeanor. Period. If you have a problem with the crime being negotiated down to that level, your problem is with the prosecutor not the league.
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    Not necessarily true. Just because the legal court may not acknowledge the child abuse/family violence, it doesn’t mean the NFL court cannot acknowledge it.

    If this plea deal goes thru, Peterson is basically getting off with a slap on the wrist. Too bad they cannot make him endure the same punishment he gave to his child, leaves and all!

  34. The Vikings’ run game has been pretty similar to previous years and has come $20 million cheaper. Yes, he is a great player but when his team is putting up the same stats without him as with him, it’s time to rethink things. There isn’t a single game that would have had a different outcome with AP playing.

  35. After reading the majority of these comments and reading a bunch of FB and other Vikings fan pages, it seems that child abuse is ok, but wife beating (Ray Rice) is not tolerated.

    He plead out not because he wanted to play football, but because he knew the jury was going to convict him. That is the only reason anyone plea’s to a deal.

    My thoughts (as a life long Vikings fan of 36 years), drop him, keep him inactive or do what ever to not get him on the field and hurt himself. Then, trade him for what ever you can get in the off season. No, we’re not going to get the Herschel Walker trade, but someone (i.e Jerry Jones) will trade a high pick or 2 for him. Take the picks and run far away from this guy.

    He’s not the “1 player” we need to make it to Arizona this year, so there’s no point of bringing him back. Play McKinnon and Asiata and hope they develop (better).

    Peterson can continue his career somewhere else. It should not be here in MN!

  36. 8 games is enough of a suspension for the crime he pled to, it is not enough for the crime he committed. In my opinion he is worse than Rice, the victim is less able to defend himself and AP used a weapon.

  37. Too bad Minny wasn’t playing at Washington this week so that they could prepare a monster counter-demonstration against child beaters.

  38. reesesteel23 says:
    Nov 4, 2014 12:13 PM

    In Teddy We Trust

    He was just disciplining his child…and he already admitted to the mother that he went too far. What do you want him to do? He’s not going to single you out and apologize to you. Sorry.
    _______

    All I’m looking for is some public admission that this incident wasn’t an acceptable way of disciplining his child. If he can’t bring himself to say that in public, then it seems that he would be willing to do it again. I can cheer for a guy who owns up to his mistakes.

  39. If any of us got fired for committing a misdemeanor, wouldn’t there be civil rights attorney’s suing the employer for discrimination?

    I mean, one political party in this country thinks felons should be able to vote from jail.

  40. They at least have to wait until the two year probation period is up. In case he lapses into recidivism. Hopefully by that time Petersen will be as fat as he is stupid and it will no longer be an issue.

  41. Missing 9 games he’s paid his due as far as a “suspension” goes IMO. That said, fine him, make him do some commercials for abuse, then send him to some counseling. Sounds fair to me. AP shud play after the bye week.

  42. Only viking fans want him back because he was the only star worth watching on that team. They turn a blind eye to child abuse. What do you expect coming from fans like them? What a joke.

  43. It’s a real shame this child abuser won’t do any time behind bars. What the hell are we building prisons for if not to incarcerate people who prey on the weakest, most defenseless, and most innocent of us?

  44. “In my opinion he is worse than Rice, the victim is less able to defend himself and AP used a weapon.”

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    “After reading the majority of these comments and reading a bunch of FB and other Vikings fan pages, it seems that child abuse is ok, but wife beating (Ray Rice) is not tolerated. He plead out not because he wanted to play football, but because he knew the jury was going to convict him. That is the only reason anyone plea’s to a deal.”

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    First off I haven’t heard ANYBODY here say that child abuse is ok. I understand your moral arguments but do you folks know anything about the law? Adults are not legally allowed to strike each other except in self-defense. Parents however are allowed by law to physically discipline their children including spanking and switching. (I’m also not aware of any law prohibiting washing mouths out with soap or stuffing them with leaves, but yes morally reprehensible.) There are limits and yes, AP went too far without a doubt in one known instance. That one instance does not define him as a child abuser, unless of course he repeats it.

    Plea deals go both ways. In this case the prosecution is agreeable because they were most likely not going to get a felony conviction and this misdemeanor deal saves face for them. AP has no prior convictions and cooperated fully with a grand jury who initially didn’t indict him.

    The Rice/Hardy/McDonald cases are far worse IMHO. Could Janay Rice have defended herself, or the woman Hardy threw on the bed full of guns? Do you think these guys have only hit a woman once? The sh*tty thing about Rice is that he could have been locked up right now but instead New Jersey gave him a no-jail deal that less than 1% of domestic abusers get in that state. There’s your preferential treatment.

  45. He hasn’t been punished whatsoever to this point. He has been paid for every game. Michael Vick got a much more severe punishment for dog abuse. I say whatever Vick got should be doubled for AP. Unless you are saying Peterson’s son is less important than a dog.

  46. We all no what he did no matter what the courts say…people are acting as if he has been in prison this whole time, he has been collecting checks remember. Anyone who celebreates him is a child abuser!!!!!!!

  47. The league isn’t going to retroactively take back pay he has already received.

    You wan to see a big lawsuit? just try to take someone’s earning after you’ve paid them.

    The only pay AP is ever going to lose is has not yet been paid to him.

  48. AP is now square with the law, so the ball is in the NFL’s court.

    Of course, theres the small matter of AP admitting to smoking weed as well, and the charity scams….

  49. Haha, I just don’t understand the support for AP’s reinstatement.

    AP repeatidly beat his 4 year old son with a branch until he was bleeding and stuffed leaves in his mouth.

    I am all for second chances but a 4 year old? I am sure most of you have young children in your life, either your own, a brother/sister, a neice or nephew, next time you see them imagine beating them with a branch and stuffing leaves in their mouth. Just imagine what type of person does that to a young child.

  50. Public figures receive great benefits, fame and money as the big two, as a result of their public life. In turn, they necessarily give up some of their private life and, to some extent, are accountable to the public. That’s the relationship.

    So if AP wants to begin to repair what the public thinks of him, it would be good for him to stand up publicly and be contrite for what he did to his boy.

    I know I feel better about the man that Brandon Marshall has become by his accepting the responsibility of being a public figure.

    I’d like to see that from AP too…if you don’t that’s you. But quit acting like public figures owe nothing to the public.

  51. The NFL ain’t the same without AP …with that being said I expect the Vikings to sweep the bears split with lions and Packers and make the playoffs as a wildcard

  52. “But, but, but… we dont want to see him play” -every packer fan

    What did u guys think was going to happen? He was already found innocent once before on the same charge/ case.

    Hopefully he’s back and ready to go after the bye week.
    SKOL

  53. beats his kid.
    steals his charities money.
    busted smoking weed while on probation(dont agree with it, but it is what it is)

    Suspended him for the year.

  54. I love how Packers fans say he shouldn’t be able to return when the fact is if Rodgers did the same thing they would welcome him back with open arms. 🙂

    At the end of the day it’s football. Adrian Peterson gives the Vikings the best change to win. Teams are forced to put 8 people in the box just to stop this gifted back leaving receivers wide open and now that we have Bridgewater who is actually decent the Vikings will be scary with AP. He should be viewed at as entertainment and not a role model. What he did was wrong, but he went through the legal process, and he is done. Let him play. Those who are offended should not watch the game. Packer fans just don’t want to face the fact that with Teddy, and Adrian Peterson, and Kyle Rudolph we have a significantly better change of winning in a couple of weeks in MN. 🙂 I’m not saying we will, but our chances are way better than earlier this season.

    Oh and the defense with the most sacks in the NFL.

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