Peterson appeal is filed, remains on Exempt List

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The NFL Players Association has officially filed the appeal on behalf of Adrian Peterson as he continues his attempt to fight the suspension handed down by the NFL this week.

Until Peterson’s appeal is resolved, he’ll continue to be paid his weekly game checks, just as he has been every week since he was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. As a result, it’s in Peterson’s interests for this appeal to take as long as possible, since he loses his paychecks once his suspension begins.

Realistically, there’s almost no possibility of Peterson winning his appeal. The Collective Bargaining Agreement gives NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell final say on disciplining players under the personal-conduct policy, and Goodell isn’t backing down.

But even if there’s little chance of success, the union is going to continue pressing the case that Peterson belongs back on the field.

37 responses to “Peterson appeal is filed, remains on Exempt List

  1. Why would it be in Peterson’s best interest for the appeal process to take as long as possible? I get it that he will continue to get paid, but what he really wants is to play football. A lengthy appeal only means that he will not be playing football for an even longer period of time. Peterson certainly doesn’t want that.

  2. Call me crazy but wasn’t it the NFL who was pushing to change the conduct policy about 3 months ago so goodell didn’t have the power and the union who fought him trying to gain additional concessions?
    They’ve put themselves in this position.

  3. So by being on the exempt list he continues to get paid, but doesn’t it also suspend his suspension so that his suspension could go into next season?

  4. He stuffed leaves and beat a child bloody, including his scrotum, he showed no remourse about it, he smoked dope in violation of his bond and league rules and he wants to get off with just a paid vacation, one that has already paid him millions of dollars. Ok.

  5. It’s time to let Peterson play and to put Goodell on the exempt list. This whole thing has gotten so lam and ridiculous Goodell makes a joke out of everything he touches…..

  6. What about the Vikings? Do they WANT to pay for AP to be on the exempt list? I keep thinking that they may not have fully understood what they were signing up for.

    But now, because of Goodell’s fumbling of Ray Rice (and the Vikings initial fumbling of AP’s recent situation), they are stuck in the NFL’s version of purgatory.

    If I was Ziggy, I would be psycho calling Roger and telling him that this is not a financially sound deal. Can’t they just cut him? Help me understand why the Vikings are all in on being bent over like this.

  7. Let the blind continue to feed the brain dead. He’d be better off beginning to serve his suspension IMMEDIATELY.. So not to drag this out any further. That way he won’t be still on the suspension list next season because a few ignoramuses wanted to line their pocketbooks off the guy’s poor choices.

  8. The thing that really bothers me is the news coming out of the league office that he wasn’t reinstated because Goodell “thought he didn’t show enough remorse”.

    Since when did Goodell and the league become psychologists/psychiatrists and have the proper skills to determine whether or not someone is showing “remorse”?

    Furthermore I challenge the league to show us where in the CBA that the length of punishments are determined in part by a player showing “remorse”.

    Goodell is violating the CBA at will. He thinks he can get away with it because the players he’s hammering on made big mistakes. If the players union had any stones they would be calling for a strike because if Goodell will do it to Peterson and Rice, he will do it with any player no matter how small a crime or infraction he committed.

  9. @packercpa actually no in this case. Normally that would be true but as with all things to do with peterson this season the NFL decided to handle things differently. Peterson doesn’t have a set number of game suspension, it simply says “the remainder of the 2014 season and cannot be considered for reinstatement until April 15th, 2015”.

    Therefore if his lawyer does believe that they will lose the appeal it is totally in his interest to delay. He is suspended until a seemingly random date in April with reinstatement contingent on him meeting certain obligations. The longer he drags out his appeal the more he gets paid without having an effect on his actual time of suspension since he could theoretically start in on those obligations even while his appeal is pending.

  10. Peterson admitted that he was criminally responsible for his actions when meeting with the league, while being placed on the exempt list.

    When the league wanted to visit with him after his legal issues were settled, he backed out of a meeting he said he would be at. He would not give the league information relevant to his case. Was he scared of the information the league was going to attain?

    Did he think this would all just magically go away? All these people want to defend him saying well there was a deal in place for this.

    Peterson didn’t keep his end of the deal when it came to terms his bond?Do you think the league should just look the other way when it comes to that kind of stuff?

  11. Goodell is pulling a fast one on everybody. Nothing in the exempt list language says AP can’t be with the team, or even that he can’t play. It just says he doesn’t count against the active roster. (If the Vikings just played him, Goodell would certainly take him off the list.)

    The list is a special favor to teams so they don’t have to cut a guy to clear roster space. Everybody’s reading something else into it, and Goodell has no reason to straighten them out.

    AP could play right now while his suspension is appealed.

  12. Think of Adrian, he received such a severe penalty for what the court determined to be misdemeanor. He must be confused, not understanding why this is happening to him. Does his crime really deserve such harsh results?

    He must feel like a child, who has been severely beaten for horsing around with a sibling. Oh wait.

  13. The NFLPA represents the players? I know that’s the case, but the NFLPA has done one crappy job in representing the players. How did they allow the NFL and the commissioner to have so much power? That is total incompetence on their part. A separate entity to review NFL and player issues would have been the path to follow. And not asking for Troy Vincent’s words about “Time served” in writing is a horrific common sense mistake on the NFLPA’s part. What were these guys thinking? It’s time to clean house on both sides of the isle. What a mess!

  14. Do you think the league should just look the other way when it comes to that kind of stuff?

    -Nobody is saying the NFL should look the other way. Suspending a guy for 10 games is not “looking the other way” and if the NFL had made him forfeit the pay for those games it would not have been “looking the other way.”

  15. Thank you Adrian Peterson for appealing the suspension decision! Now it will be even longer before this child abusing piece of trash hits the NFL turf!

  16. Smart move, Peterson knows that he is not coming back this season use the tools that are available to him, hey if its 1-3 more weeks of pay coming in sure thing. Next season he will be looking for a new team anyway.

  17. The reason it’s in Peterson’s best interest is that he’s possibly going to be cut at the end of the year. McKinnon has played well enough with little to no experience coming in as a rookie, and he’s only going to get better.

    As of now, Peterson is collecting game checks for his high dollar contract. I would imagine a 30 year old RB with a PR problem would get 2 years for $10-12 million at most. His base contract value this year? 11.75m.

    Smart move. Incredibly smart move.

  18. AP must feel as helpless and confused as a 4 year old child being beaten with a stick by his father. Now he has no choice but to take his punishment. Just like his kid.
    You don’t hurt children. Ever.

  19. First time domestic violence is a 6 game suspension. What AP did was a form of DA. It’s called domestic violence because it’s not just wife, girl friend, husband, boyfriend so what does the personal-conduct policy have to do with it. If the court agreed to a lesser charge that should be the end of it. The NFL shouldn’t be able to over rule the U.S. Justice system.

  20. I don’t know who hears the appeal but the Williams Wall obtained 2 more years of playing time by suing in court. Minneapolis courts seemed sympathetic toward them and there are so many things wrong here that he might just win.

    BTW how many people bought Troy Vincent’s story that he mentioned “time served” to AP but not in the context of his case? The NFL leadership is a joke and someone will make the owners clean up it by winning in the courts.

  21. What I find most absurd about this whole situation is Goodell and the NFL’s position that placing Peterson on the Exemption List was for his benefit because it gave Peterson the opportunity to focus on his criminal case instead of having to deal with the added stress of playing football.

    Assuming for a second that this is even remotely true, shouldn’t Goodell have removed him from the Exemption List once his criminal case was resolved? After all, he no longer had to focus on his criminal case. Instead, Goodell keeps him on the list. How does this benefit Peterson?

    Don’t get me wrong; I abhor what Peterson did to his child, and I have forever lost all respect for him as a player and a person. But that doesn’t make what Goodell and the NFL are doing to him fair and just.

  22. Imagine that the NFL’s golden RB is getting a paid vacation for abusing his child.

    What is this time served BS. He has not served any time. His punishment should be banishment from football. What he did is worse than what Pete Rose did to baseball.

  23. Don’t base your opinion because of the hatriot or love you have for AP, basend your opinion on what’s wrong and what’s right. RI get Goodell is making up rules as he goes along and violating the CBA. Simple as that and there is no precedent in this. They aren’t above the justice system.

  24. Enough of the “he beat his child bloody” crap. It is simply a father (who wasn’t an absentee like so many others) who overdid the punishment of his child, but was in the same practices his father used on him. If that is all he knew, then ok, punish him and move on. But all of you lining up to stone the guy need to step back and get off your high horse, this is not a case of a father intentionallyabusing his child.

  25. pestilence1972 says: Nov 20, 2014 1:37 PM

    What about the Vikings? Do they WANT to pay for AP to be on the exempt list? I keep thinking that they may not have fully understood what they were signing up for.

    But now, because of Goodell’s fumbling of Ray Rice (and the Vikings initial fumbling of AP’s recent situation), they are stuck in the NFL’s version of purgatory.

    If I was Ziggy, I would be psycho calling Roger and telling him that this is not a financially sound deal. Can’t they just cut him? Help me understand why the Vikings are all in on being bent over like this.

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    Simple as this, if they cut him now (which they could) their cap hit would be higher next year than if they were to wait until after the season. I think like 2.5 million vs 6-8 million, and his salary for the rest of this season is guaranteed (not so for next year).

  26. Everyone keeps saying the NFL is not above the justice system. Sorry, but in a way they are.

    An employer does not have to pay any attention to what the legal system does in regards to an employee. The employer can simply look at it as the black mark the employee caused the employer.

    If the NFL were to decide it is in their best interest not to allow an admitted child abuser to play ever again, they could. The Vikings **could** cut him but the problem in doing that is the hit they would take in regards to the salary cap. The NFL should just wash their hands of Peterson and suspend him indefinitely. He absolutely deserves it for what he did to his own flesh and blood!

  27. Why do people keep saying he showed no remorse? I”m so confused.

    Read the quote from his plea bargain. Read what he said to the judge. Read the statement he made after he pleaded.

    For people to say that is just ignorant. I highly doubt Peterson has no remorse for this. It’d be different if he had a track history, but AP has been a model citizen since High School.

    People make mistakes, they do. He did. He paid for it. Goodell is using him as an example. Case Closed.

  28. -Nobody is saying the NFL should look the other way. Suspending a guy for 10 games is not “looking the other way” and if the NFL had made him forfeit the pay for those games it would not have been “looking the other way.”
    _____________________

    If by 10 you mean 6….. if they made him forfeit the pay… then you guys would be griping about that instead… “They said he was gonna get paid then took it away? Goodell needs to go!?

  29. raidercurt says:
    Nov 20, 2014 2:00 PM
    The NFLPA represents the players? I know that’s the case, but the NFLPA has done one crappy job in representing the players. How did they allow the NFL and the commissioner to have so much power? That is total incompetence on their part.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That isn’t necessarily an example of their incompetence. The players had different priorities. They wanted more money (percentage of the take) and less work (fewer practices and OTAs, no two-a-days, only wearing pads for X number of practices per week/month/year). Those pesky little details wouldn’t affect their own personal money (no player expects to screw up or be suspended/fined) so it simply was not important to them…until now

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