Peterson case to get rolling at February 6 hearing, with Peterson likely to attend

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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.

38 responses to “Peterson case to get rolling at February 6 hearing, with Peterson likely to attend

  1. If the NFL outright loses this case it’s going to have even more egg on its face than ever. That, plus the Mueller Report and Sean Gilbert running for NFLPA head and reportedly having proof of collusion to get CBA torn up – 2015’s setting up to be even more of a nightmare than 2014

  2. The NFL asking somebody to recuse himself due to bias is rich!

    Why the NFL doesn’t just reinstate him asap and get this out of the news is completely beyond my comprehension.

  3. daysend564 says:
    Jan 6, 2015 11:33 AM
    He should have attended the meeting with Goodell earlier this year and this wouldn’t even be happening.
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    Look everybody! I found the one person left in the world that actually trusts Roger Goodell and the NFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. This is just a joke.

    He is appealing to a court, he already lost one in court. So let’s say he wins, the NFL will appeal this one and by the time the appeal comes it will be April 15th when he can apply for reinstatement anyway.

    People keep trying to compare this to the StarCaps case, this one is much different. He was found guilty and convicted of a crime. He agreed to be on a paid administrative leave list in which the agreement also noted that punishment would not be looked at until the case was determined.

    He was punished based on the results of the case. The results clearly happened AFTER the new policy was in place. So what is there to appeal?

    I do understand why AP is upset, I also understand why the PA is defending him. However, I am not sure how they win this one. I mean there is already a precedent set by the league that punishment is based on the results of the case.

    Before you go there, the Big Ben case was the one where they went based off accusation and not conviction and they got roasted. Now, they typically wait until after the conviction, which is why Hardy has never been suspended.

    The suspension handed down to AP was in line with the new policy.

  5. NFL already made the guy sit out the entire season. All of which is drastically overboard considering the precedent of 2 games given to Rice (new policy wasn’t in effect at time of Peterson’s situation).

    Just give it a rest already and reinstate him so either the Vikes can try to trade him or can work to integrate him back into the offense next year. The way the NFL has been screwing around with AP like this is pathetic. Why isn’t a 1 year suspension enough??

  6. The head of NFL Officiating needs to be independent. Not only in fact but in appearance as well. Blandino needs to go because he has shown so much bias and incompetence this past year. This is just the icing on the farewell cake.

    #FireBlandino

    #FireMorelli

    #NFLRefsSuck

    #CowboysBuyingTriptoSuperBowl

  7. lso the head of NFL Officiating needs to be independent. Not only in fact but in appearance as well. Blandino needs to go because he has shown so much bias and incompetence this past year.

    #FireBlandino

    #FireMorelli

    #NFLRefsSuck

    #CowboysBuyingTriptoSuperBowl

  8. Peterson already had his six-game suspension, in addition to being suspended another nine games with pay. Why does he have to wait until April 15 to be reinstated? That just seems arbitrary and it hurts the team.

  9. “Hi Rick Speilman, this is Farmer Ray here. About that Running back you got, I think we’re really close to making a superbowl run and we’d like to go all in…”

  10. AP needs to stop crying and man up. The dude beats his kids and should be kick out of football. Roger Goodell and the NFL did the right thing.

  11. “He was punished based on the results of the case. The results clearly happened AFTER the new policy was in place. So what is there to appeal?

    The suspension handed down to AP was in line with the new policy.”

    Irrelevant. Peterson’s infraction occured BEFORE the new suspension policy. Secondly, the NFL ASKED AP to go on the admin paid leave to help them save face vis-a-vis the Ray Rice fiasco where it is proven Goodell and the NFL lied about what they knew and when they knew it. Per policy AP should have played in EVERY game up until he pled guilty. He should have then been suspended without pay for two games and reinstated.

  12. bigjdve you don’t know what you are talking about. He has not been convicted of anything, the case gets tossed with no record of it when probation is over.

    The event took place before the new bogus policy was put into place therefore he has to be disciplined under the old policy.

  13. I wanted Adrian to play after his court hearing was over. Nfl said no so what’s the point for him now when the seasons over? By the time courts get done with this he will be able to play for some team. As long as he behaves himself! Why this????

  14. So weird that the NFL doesn’t want anyone with bias ruling on the case. That would be terrible if anyone overturned the very objective Harold Henderson’s ruling.

  15. I know when the event happened, I also know that in the agreement AP signed it stated that punishment would not be determined until after the results of the case. That also means that since no punishment had been determined until that time, the NFL could (and it looks like they did) say that they were using the rules that were active at the time of sentencing.

    Is that right or wrong, could be either, however the NFL will use that to their advantage.

    Personally, I think that they did him a favor by keeping him out. At some level, he needed to have a loss of pay, by the time his case was finished the Vikes were out of realistic playoff contention, so he got to sit out of games that didn’t mean any thing where he could’ve gotten hurt. Now, he starts next season fresh, while he is a year older, he didn’t take the carries that would’ve worn him down some.

    The thing that I would’ve changed if I was the league would be that he is eligible for reinstatement day 1 of next season. He can apply the day after the season ends for his current team. That way all of the hearing, appeals, and the like could be done.

  16. On a related note jdee33 – he WAS convicted of a crime, just because he can have it drop from his record if he stays with the terms of his probation, doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a conviction or that the conviction didn’t happen.

    It just can’t be counted against him at that point, until then it most definitely can.

  17. hbudgess says:
    Jan 6, 2015 1:14 PM
    I wanted Adrian to play after his court hearing was over. Nfl said no so what’s the point for him now when the seasons over? By the time courts get done with this he will be able to play for some team. As long as he behaves himself! Why this????

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    For one, he would be reinstated and eligible to be traded or signed if the Vikings released him immediately when the league year begins as opposed to being forced to wait until April 15th to be reinstated (which he might not be when you consider who’s in the absolutely clueless NFL league office).

    Secondly, it sets up his lawsuit against the NFL for the loss of wages and sponsorship money due to unjustly being suspended by the NFL.

    Thirdly, it smears even more mud on the face of the NFL and Goodell every time they are exposed as liars.

  18. “I mean there is already a precedent set by the league that punishment is based on the results of the case.”

    There’s a precedent in the NFL that a misdemeanor charge is worthy of a 6 game suspension without pay in addition to a 9 game suspension with pay? Who has ever, in the history of the NFL, received an equal or stiffer punishment for a first offense and misdemeanor? Nobody. No matter how you look at it, the NFL got killed in PR with the mishandling of the Rice incident and then went overboard to correct it with the AP incident. Then unjustly punished him under a policy that didn’t exist when the crime infraction was committed.

  19. Donte Stallworth killed a guy and was suspended for one year. Explain this process to me like I’m a two-year old please, because I don’t get it.

  20. The problem with the suggestion that the Vikings could trade Peterson is the onerous $15 million contract that the other team must be willing to accept.

    What team in its right mind would allocate over $15 million for a RB in a passing league? Oh, that’s right, there is one, the Minnesota Vikings. But seriously, among the other 31 teams, anybody else that dumb?

  21. whatjusthapped says:

    The problem with the suggestion that the Vikings could trade Peterson is the onerous $15 million contract that the other team must be willing to accept.

    What team in its right mind would allocate over $15 million for a RB in a passing league? Oh, that’s right, there is one, the Minnesota Vikings. But seriously, among the other 31 teams, anybody else that dumb?

    —–

    The Vikings are actually now in the unique position of having a franchise QB on his rookie contract that’s based on the 32nd pick on the rookie wage scale that 31 other teams were too dumb to draft despite his tape because of a pro day. So, they have that free money right now to give AP since they aren’t paying Jay Cutler, Kap, Flacco, Dalton $18+ million to be mediocre.

    I’d take AP every time over those QBs for the price.

  22. The NFL really has the Vikings over a barrel here, and I think the league is trying to force the Vikings to cut him outright by making them wait until April 15 to find out whether he’ll be reinstated.

    The Vikings have several other needs to fill in the off-season. The offensive line, at least one and maybe two LB spots, and better depth across the board. Throw in the fact that Jerrick McKinnon is coming off of back surgery, and the Vikings really can’t afford to wait until April 15 to figure out whether Peterson will be available.

    Finally, I would love to hear how the league justifies sitting Peterson out for 15 games, but only fining him six game checks. If the NFL had taken all 15 game checks, or simply taken the checks for time served, that would have made more sense. But then again, with Roger Goodell running the show, expecting common sense to be a part of the resolution is a waste of time.

  23. It is truely a sickening sign of where we are as a society based on the support this clown gets. He viciously beat his child, which pictures to prove it, gets a paid vacation and still, there are people on here that think he should be in the league. At the same time, the very same people want Ray Rice suspended forever. You know what that says? People don’t have an ounce of integrity anymore. They will gladly cheer for the child abuser just because he’s more talented than the wife beater.

    Be ashamed folks. Be very, very ashamed.

    #GoodellDidNothingWrong
    #IdiotFans

  24. Can’t wait till he is cut or hopefully traded. Get out of the great state of MN brutal child abusing loser! Don’t censor it again, post it! It’s the truth.

  25. This fool should shut up and let the publicity die down so he can possibly be reinstated for next season.

    All the attention from the appeals means there is no way he gets reinstated in just 3 and a half months.

  26. LOL at the moron who said he “was convicted of a crime”….really? Show me any information on the trial…like anything — the judge, when it took place, anything…

    He did plead to a misdemeanor, but there was no trial Perry Mason, so there was no conviction — you want other to get their statements correct, why don’t you try first!

    Oh, and now the NFL has to suspend players for “meaningful games” — yeah, that’s logical.

  27. Has anybody ever played sting pong? It’s when you play ping pong, and if you score a point, your opponent lifts up their shirt, and you hit the ball at them.

    I was playing that game with some cousins over Christmas. Then, 2 of them decided to take it up another notch, and the guy who scored the point got to hit his opponent’s bare torso with the paddle.

    I call that game “Peterson pong”.

  28. usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jan 6, 2015 4:07 PM

    Has anybody ever played sting pong? It’s when you play ping pong, and if you score a point, your opponent lifts up their shirt, and you hit the ball at them.

    I was playing that game with some cousins over Christmas. Then, 2 of them decided to take it up another notch, and the guy who scored the point got to hit his opponent’s bare torso with the paddle.

    I call that game “Peterson pong”.

    *****************************************

    I call all of you moronic idiots

  29. We all know that Peterson screwed up. But as long as he is paying his dues and doing what is mandated by the NFL and whomever else. He deserves a second chance. Whether it’s with the Vikings or some other team. Basically it’s up to him to prove that he has failed everything that’s been asked of him. Michael Vick got a second chance- Ray Lewis kind chance. I agree what he did with beyond words and inexcusable. But if he shows remorse and does what he supposed to, give him a chance. It’s up to him to move forward or end his career

  30. Fraudell and co always skrew the Vikings just look back to 09 championship game with the phantom pass interference in overtime that was bs

  31. They tricked him into a plea bargain to make an example of him. They told AP that once it was resolved he could play so he did everything he could to get it resolved. When he did they decided to throw the kitchen sink at him. If he would have know the outcome was going to be as lengthy and severe as it was he would have gone to court.

    This is why the Williams wall brought Godell to court and why AP should counter suit as well. The guy has too much power and no clue as to how to use it correctly or wisely.

  32. It’s absolutely incredible how moronic people are!! Peterson went a little overboard! Does not make him a child abuser!! Not even a bad parent!! There are some incredibly stupid people out there!!

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