NFLPA files grievance to get Adrian Peterson reinstated

AP

As Adrian Peterson remains in the limbo of the NFL’s Commissioner’s Exempt List, the players’ union says it’s time to let him resume his career.

The NFL Players Association released a statement Monday afternoon saying it has filed a grievance to get Peterson off the exempt list.

“The NFLPA has filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner’s Exempt list based on explicit language in a signed agreement dated September 18, 2014,” the statement says. “We asked the NFL to honor the terms of that agreement last week and as of now, they have failed to respond or comply. It is our obligation to protect all players’ rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL.”

Peterson, who has not played since the Vikings’ first game of the season, pleaded no contest last week to resolve a legal case that began when he was charged with injuring his 4-year-old son while beating him with a switch. The NFL has said it has no schedule for determining whether Peterson will be suspended or when he will be allowed to return to the field.

28 responses to “NFLPA files grievance to get Adrian Peterson reinstated

  1. Obvious what is going on here. They waited for this grievance to be filed so now both Goodell and the Vikes can say they had no choice but to reinstate him. Thus avoiding any of the flashback from the real money holders (sponsers). AP will play in Chicago, knowing him, he is all ready to go and doesn’t need any practice.

  2. The NFL is coming off very arrogant, not even responding to the NFLPA? The NFL is scared because all they do is get bashed by the fans and media. Suck it up, you’re not going to make eveyone happy.

  3. There is no reason in the world for the NFL to make things easy for Peterson or the NFLPA. As a player in the league he isn’t worth the trouble to either the Vikings or the NFL as a whole. Jerrick McKinnon is a bright fresh young face with no apparent character flaws. He can be just as effective on the field as Peterson at this point in their respective careers. So let the NFLPA take ownership of Peterson. If they can’t prevent his association with the NFL at least they can leave the impression that it is against their will.

  4. I can’t believe you just compared McKinnon to AP. While McKinnon looks promising, it seems ridiculous to compare the two considering AP is only 29 and only two years removed from one of the best seasons in NFL history.

  5. Now that the legal process is completed they should remove him from the exempt list suspend him for 6 games starting this Sunday.

  6. I don’t care what any union wants. I saw the injuries he inflicted on a child, aside from the scrotum that he switched as well. He’s been getting paid, he has millions of dollars. No sympathy here. The NFL can take their sweet time.

  7. That dope Goodell has been sweating this day since September. He’ll come out with a Friday afternoon 2:00 p.m. presser, say 15 minutes worth of nothing, and we still won’t know if Peterson can play. Time for the justice system to use the proverbial switch on this guy’s testicles.

  8. What more can be accomplished by more suspensions? Fine him for 6 games that he has missed and let the man continue with his life.

  9. Everybody says suspend him, this is not like working for a government agency, where you go on paid administrative leave, he has already been suspended from 8 games, it’s the team that is being penalized, you fine him 6 or 8 games and make him pay the fine before he’s reinstated or he agrees to play for nothing, pretty simple, if you suspend him 6 more games your just penalizing the fans and the team. God I could run that joint.

  10. Shame on everyone of you that only think of your own selfish reasons for wanted this guy back.

    He should be in prison, period.

  11. While we’re on the NFL. Thanks NFL for completely ignoring “Movember” after dressing up our football fields and players in Hot Pink for an entire month. Guess the men who play the game, have played the game, or buy all your seats, merch, and give you tv ratings, don’t matter at all.

  12. They really need to fire Goodell. They should make him give back every penny he got paid. The Personal Conduct Policy was supposed to be his thing. He made a mockery of it. It is an utter joke. Now that there is media and fan blowback regarding the obviously biased system, he becomes indecisive.

    If personal conduct were really important to Goodell, this would not be an issue. Peterson would be off the Exempt list and suspended 16 games. When the NFLPA and Petersons lawyers came running, he would point to the photos. When they claim he did know any better because of his Texan upbringing, he would say Peterson has played football, been in the league long enough to be aware of the media scrutiny.

  13. The 32 owners need to FIRE Godell soon before he makes the NFL look even dumber than it looks now.

  14. Lets be honest here, AP was involved in a legal issue that resulted in a lesser charge and has been on a commissioners exempt list. His case has been concluded and as far as he and most everyone else is concerned, lets get on with life. Why the NFL has to turn everything into a congressional long drawn out circus is beyond me. AP has paid the debt that he owed the NFL and society. He disciplined his child. Some consider it harsh, some do not. The DA in Texas agreed to a plea bargain so, in the end. They must have not seen it as harsh either, if they did, he would of stood trial and probably ended up in Huntsville, but he didn’t. This matter has concluded. Reinstate the man and let him continue his career. The end.

  15. jmsieli says: Nov 10, 2014 7:35 PM

    Everybody says suspend him, this is not like working for a government agency, where you go on paid administrative leave, he has already been suspended from 8 games, it’s the team that is being penalized, you fine him 6 or 8 games and make him pay the fine before he’s reinstated or he agrees to play for nothing, pretty simple, if you suspend him 6 more games your just penalizing the fans and the team. God I could run that joint.

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    Start with explaining how any crime against a child is a misdemeanor???

  16. I am still waiting to see how they reneged on any deal. They keep showing that letter, but it actually doesn’t say any thing about when he would come off the list. It said that the deal ended but what it didn’t say is what that meant.

    It DID say that punishment would be coming AFTER the court case, so we know something more is coming.

    Though objectively, the NFL should have had some idea of what they are going to do, maybe they do but aren’t listening to demands.

    The PA was making demands for someone that broke the law. Really setting a good example there.

  17. “… if you suspend him 6 more games your just penalizing the fans and the team”
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    Mouthbreathing NFL fans don’t care about the big picture.

  18. “Mouthbreathing NFL fans don’t care about the big picture”.

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    You’re right, we don’t. Nor should we. If we wanted to contemplate the big picture, we sure as hell wouldn’t be watching football on a Sunday afternoon. Since we in fact DO watch football on a Sunday afternoon, knowing about or being forced to consider the bigger picture by you, is something we highly resent.

  19. The league needs to do something with this case. The Reason for placing Peterson on the exempt list was because of the charges pending against him. Those charges have been resolved so it is time for the NFL to reach a resolution as well. The justice system has spoken and determined Peterson’s punishment and now the league must do the same. To allow him to remain on the exempt list is no different than charging a person with a crime and then leaving them in legal limbo by never holding the trial or otherwise resolving the matter. In the legal system we have speedy trial laws to prevent this and the NFL needs to take action before the NFLPA and Peterson force the matter into court, making an even bigger circus out of this than it already is.

  20. If you work for a company where you could lose your job for being found guilty of DUI but get a high priced lawyer that gets it dropped to a wet reckless that you plead no contest (treated as a guilty plea but helps avoid financial responsibility in civil court) guess what. You can bet your bottom dollar that it will cost you where your employment is concerned. He should never play another snap in the NFL. He’s a child abuser. Period. F his team. F your fantasy team. Too many high character youngsters available to keep a scumbag around.

  21. “…injuring his 4-year-old son while beating him with a switch.”

    There was blood on some of those switch marks!!!!! AP has marked that kid for life and I don’t mean with scars. AP needs to miss this WHOLE year and take a ton of therapy on just being around children.

    Stand fast NFL!!! If not, this is just another step to the death of the NFL!

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