The first court date in Adrian Peterson’s legal challenge to his suspension will be February 6, PFT has confirmed. PFT also has learned that Peterson likely will attend the hearing in person.
While the hearing is believed to be primarily procedural, individual litigants often choose to attend one or more of the preliminary phases of the court proceedings to show respect for the process, to demonstrate that the person takes the matter seriously, and to meet the presiding judge.
The presiding judge in this case is David Doty, who supervised the settlement agreement that spawned the labor deal that operated from 1993 through 2010. At one point, the NFL tried to get Doty to recuse himself from that case, claiming that Doty had a bias in favor of the players. No such accusation has been made in the present case, yet.
With Peterson’s status set to be revisited on April 15, Peterson and the NFLPA could be hoping for a resolution by the time the new league year begins in March, if Peterson intends to try to play for a new team in 2015. If the Vikings are inclined to try to trade him, it likewise makes sense to be able to trade him when the new league year begins.