Peterson appeal focuses on change in policy

AP

On Tuesday, the NFL suspended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.  On Wednesday, the NFLPA appealed the suspension on his behalf.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA raises two primary arguments in support of the appeal.  First, the union argues that the NFL has applied a different standard to conduct that occurred before the NFL revised the domestic violence and sexual assault policy on August 28.  Attorneys call that ex post facto lawmaking, Latin for “after the fact.”

Second, the NFLPA describes the punishment of Peterson as “wildly disparate” in comparison to past punishments imposed on other players.  The union points to the six-game suspension imposed Tuesday and the nine games missed while on paid leave.

The union also has asked that Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself as the appeal officer in the case, pointing to alleged partiality and bias.  Specifically, the NFLPA contends that the criticism that has been directed to Goodell and the NFL in recent months regarding the handling of off-field misconduct makes it impossible for him to be properly objective and unbiased.

The letter initiating the appeal also includes a lengthy summary of the facts, which includes a contention that executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent told both Peterson and his agent (presumably Ben Dogra) that “the time Mr. Peterson agreed not to be on the football field would be considered ‘time served’ if and when the NFL assessed discipline against Mr. Peterson.”  This expands the potential dispute over what Vincent did or didn’t say from one-against-one to two-against-one.

46 responses to “Peterson appeal focuses on change in policy

  1. Let’s see the same guy who suspended him – Goodell – is the EXACT SAME guy hearing the appeal … hmmmm wonder how this is gonna turn out.

  2. Missing 9 games with pay is not, in any way shape or form, a punishment. He has only been suspended for 6 games this year and will be back next season. A 6 games suspension seems reasonable.

  3. If they get Goodell removed from the appeals process it’s a pretty good indicator that he can no longer properly function in his current position. Not that he ever did “properly function”, but there is now a clear cut argument as to why he “can’t”, which is far different.

  4. I don’t think the NFLPA really thinks that its going to win this appeal. I think that they’re going to use this to expose the hypocrisy and inconsistency of Goodell’s disciplinary stance in preparation for the next round of CBA negotiations.

  5. They actually have a good case. The NFL office has been misleading and in a few ways, acted against what they agreed to in writing.

    The only problem is that the NFL hearing is basically a Kangaroo Court and they will do what they want to do anyway. The law, contracts, documentation, what they said and committed to, and….fairness, basically mean next to nothing.

  6. i have little respect for Peterson since he lawyered up with scumbag Hardin (Roger Roid’s attorney) and then asked for a “speedy trial to claim his innocence”………..then basically pleads guilty

  7. Peterson: “Mr. Goodell, I ask that you recuse yourself from any further decision making in my case because you have shown bias against me.”

    Goodell: “Well Adrian, may I call you Adrian? As the CBA that the NFLPA ratified permits me to be judge, jury and executioner, your request is hereby denied.”

    “BTW, I am thinking about moving back that April 15, 2015 potential reinstatement date. The reason being is that I just feel like doing it.”

  8. Given the damned if you damned if you don’t situation, Shouldn’t RG WANT to recuse himself? He looks like he is tough on domestic violence, but let’s someone else knock back the suspension to time served plus fine in order to appease the union and prevent a huge lawsuit or more union action.

  9. The Owners should also suspend Goodell from being able to deliver punishment– Since he’s failed miserably in so many ways….. And does not seem able to accept full responsibility for the short-comings of the league while he has been commissioner.

    Adrian is an easy target to take the heat off their own butts.

  10. Even his peers in Texas felt he went WAY overboard that they indicted him on Felony charges. He was facing 2 years in prison, of COURSE he is going to plead no contest to lesser charges. So now you want to reward him for that? As if getting paid for most of the season wasn’t enough.

    You guys are too busy crying about him not playing, Real Vikings fans would see this as a great opportunity. They are gonna wind up having a top 12 pick in the draft again, and have an out on the 30 year old more banged up, Peterson contract RBs lose it quicker than anyone just ask Portis, Alexander, Tomlison. or Chris Johnson.

    Quit acting like this is killing your season, you guys have lost 45 games since 2010 and Peterson was a part of most of those games.

  11. The NFLPA is way late. Should have gone after the league and Goodell violating the CBA at will weeks ago.

  12. The NFLPA has absolutely no way to win the appeal. I seriously doubt there any documentation from anyone that says the games missed would be “time served”. A he said/he said/he said situation will not work. Gotta have proof that those words were spoken.

    I just wish the NFL would change the suspension toward indefinite rather than just 6 games. At least I can take comfort that Peterson (most likely) will never wear Viking Purple/Gold ever again!

  13. The Union Collectively Bargained that Roger Goodell would hear the appeal.
    So what’s the problem?

  14. This doesn’t change anything. The advice all the players in the NFL received earlier remains the same;

    Don’t behave like a criminal, and everything will be OK.

  15. RomoIsGod says:
    Nov 20, 2014 3:04 PM
    Missing 9 games with pay is not, in any way shape or form, a punishment. He has only been suspended for 6 games this year and will be back next season. A 6 games suspension seems reasonable.
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    I disagree. If I were the Vikings, I’d make sure he never plays for me again. But not a punishment? He’s not allowed to work. He was on paid suspension, which is definitely a form of punishment. While I personally have no issue with a 6 game suspension, the NFL is clearly making things up as they go. That is the real issue here…not whether 6 games “seems reasonable.” The “seems like a good idea” line of thinking is apparently how the NFL and Goodell handle ALL discipline.

  16. Two things come to mind when reading this article. First, when Troy made his statement to Peterson and his agent, the statement may have been made in conjunction with the league working with Peterson and his agent to agree to the placement on the commissioners exempt list. As time passed, it is possible the league had a change in mind, where they thought it best that Peterson should be out for the year. Second I am sure that Gordon and the Browns might have some objections to this. Gordon’s suspension of 10 games was said to be because his incident happened prior to the NFL season, when in reality it was after the end of last season. He ended up serving more time than the new agreed drug policy mandated.

  17. It seems to me the Peterson haters don’t understand that the 9 games missed is TIME served. Yes he was paid, so take 6 of those 9 paychecks and that is a financial penalty. Not too complicated, backdate the fine and the games missed are time served. Get it? Let the man play!!

  18. It was basically a leave of absence while he handled a personal legal matter, except he actually got paid. His legal matter was resolved in a way that proved he committed an act of domestic violence against his child. Then he was suspended for 6 games as per the new DV policy. I personally believe the league should have just fined him 6 checks (to convert the paid vacation to a legit suspension) but I can see why they feel they shouldn’t, considering the fickle fan base and sponsors when it comes to discipline. I think the union would have been better served arguing the act that caused the suspension occurred under the old rules.

  19. AP got more not to play this year than he will to play, over the next 2 years. I wouldn’t be that pissed if I were him, but it comes back to principal. Goodell should remove himself as Commish, that solves most of the problems in the league.

  20. Peterson just needs to go away, I as well as the many are tired of this already. He is suspended and as much as the viking fans whine it’s not going to change the outcome because it was agreed upon in the CBA. It’s no different than anyone else’s employer, if you screw up your boss is the judge, jury, and executioner. Just deal with it or this some way making the purple fans feel relevant since the team is in last place again?

  21. uh, did anybody read the statement from the NFL re: peterson’s suspension? Sounded like at least one PRACTICING attorney wrote it…I guess that means ALL of the arguments the NFLPA could make in an appeal were already considered

  22. After the stunt this guy pulled I hope he twists in the wind until the beginning of next season. Don’t whip your kids, ass clown.

  23. Interesting that all you folks whining that RG should be fired or recused for “messing up on the light Ray Rice suspension” are now pissed off that AP is getting a 6 game suspension for beating his child>

    Putting all your hatred for Godell aside, does anyone here think that a year suspension is too much for a 220lb super athelete beating a 4 year old child senseless with a stick. Oh and by the way, this is not the first time it has happened so this wasn’t just an isolated incedent that got out of hand.

  24. So what happened was the grand jury was bullied into indicting Mr. Peterson based on what was going on in the Media and not necessarily on what they truly felt. It is called the Media effect.
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    Some of you guys look for anyone but Peterson to blame. I think its cause he beat the hell out of a 4 year old.

  25. He should have had it go to trial. What could RG do if he won in court? They mislead him to make a point. This is exactly why the Williams wall fought their case, because RG is inconsistent. Spend more time on policy and less in London.

  26. I personally believe the league should have just fined him 6 checks (to convert the paid vacation to a legit suspension).
    _________

    Then everyone is all over the league ” they said he was going to get paid they gave it to him then took it away… ” Get Goodell out of there.

    That was one of the things definitely agreed upon and in writing at that meeting, and you guys are ok for him to break that word on that?

  27. Its great to see a self admitted child abuser has managed to avail himself of the most expensive lawyers he can hire to represent his interests in this dispute.

    Tell me, who was representing the 4 old year boy who was whipped so harshly that his nuts bled? Seems to me that the 4 year old boy only got his justice from Goodell.

  28. This should have been handled by Texas child services with counseling for Adrian Peterson.The idea that Adrian Peterson should pay 4 or 5 million dollars in fines for a misdemeanor is ludicrous.This man has kids to support.

    BTW…child abuse is now the new go-to crime from the Gold digger’s handbook.

    (see Dwight Howard and Deion Sanders)

  29. Now he will be suspended at least 1 game next year. If Goodell times it right he can have AP off the field the rest of this season and almost have of next since he is back to only being on the exempt list. The odds of AD winning are what? Zilch. The NFLPA is right though, Goodell is just making up the punishment as he goes along. The best thing the NFL could do is let an arbitrator decide AP’s punishment because then they can say it’s not our decision. But AP is on that exempt list until 4/2015 so even if he wins no suspension or time served he will still be exempt. That has already been determined.

    Peterson brought this all upon himself though. Why such a severe punishment AD? Why did you hurt your child like that!?

  30. AP and the NFLPA are tilting at windmills here — the only folks that are going to win are the attorneys.

  31. Gotta love people keep bring up Peterson brought this on himself.

    That is not the argument anymore, its moved on as should all of you and realize what goodell is doing to the nfl.

    get your popcorn ready cause i feel a players strike coming on.

  32. whatjusthapped says:
    Nov 20, 2014 4:45 PM

    Its great to see a self admitted child abuser has managed to avail himself of the most expensive lawyers he can hire to represent his interests in this dispute.

    Tell me, who was representing the 4 old year boy who was whipped so harshly that his nuts bled? Seems to me that the 4 year old boy only got his justice from Goodell
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    The prosecutors in TX represented the 4 yr. old boy, and they felt probation and parenting classes were the appropriate punishment. You may or may not like the outcome, but you do have to live with it.

  33. The prosecutors in TX represented the 4 yr. old boy, and they felt probation and parenting classes were the appropriate punishment. You may or may not like the outcome, but you do have to live with it.
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    I agree with you. On the other hand though… Adrian Peterson did what he did, now his employer has disciplined him with what they feel is appropriate punishment. People may or may not agree with the outcome. He has to live with it.

    The part that irks me most, is he is complaining about the results, if he and his representatives would have cooperated with the NFL I could understand him being as upset as he is.

    Instead he said “Forget” about it and didn’t bother. Thats like people who don’t go out and vote… then complain about who gets elected.

  34. I like how the child abusing apologists try and blame Goodell and not Peterson. The only players against Roger and the punishments are the players being suspended and the fans of said player which is a small percentage. Simple way to remedy things is keep your nose clean and it really isn’t an issue. It’s just sad the youth of today would rather support a criminal than ask what we’re you thinking?

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