Appeals court rules NFL was within rights to suspend Adrian Peterson in 2014

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In February 2015, Judge David Doty ruled that the NFL and arbitrator Harold Henderson overstepped their bounds when Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended indefinitely (a suspension upheld by Henderson) and fined six paychecks after he pleaded no contest in November 2014 to reckless assault to settle charges that he abused his son.

That ruling paved the way to Peterson’s reinstatement after he spent all but one game of the 2014 season on the exempt list after the abuse allegations came to light. The NFL appealed the ruling on the grounds that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Peterson under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the NFL on Thursday. In their decision, which was obtained by TheSportsEsquires.com, the court found that “the parties bargained to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator, and the arbitrator acted within his authority, so we reverse the district court’s judgment vacating the arbitration decision.” The decision also rejected the NFLPA argument that the penalty being “fundamentally unfair” takes precedence over the powers given to the league under the CBA.

The decision has no impact on Peterson’s eligibility to play, only whether the league has the right to collect the fine. Joined with the decision on the Tom Brady appeal in the Second Circuit, it also serves to reinforce Goodell’s power to impose discipline under the current CBA.

86 responses to “Appeals court rules NFL was within rights to suspend Adrian Peterson in 2014

  1. line up people, it may be your player next, then we’ll see if you are praising Goodell.
    FIRE GOODELL

  2. Clearly the NFL was within rights, this guy is a washed up child abuser, he will never be the same AP. He should be barred from the NFL, guys like this don’t deserve a second chance, plus he’s definitely lost a step. I’m ASHAMED of this man and want him off my team. Time for another slice of pizza and then I will eat some funions to feed my obesity problem.

  3. If a player (Brady, Peterson, et al) can find a fanboy judge they can get their suspensions overturned for a period, but then the adult judges at Federal Courts of Appeals will overrule because they actually know the law.

  4. The Fuhrer can continue his tyrannical rule. Perterson..nein…Brady..nein…You lovers of Goodell are next!

  5. Is he still whining about this? He got off so easy, it’s head-shakenly stupid. Plus, he got one year off fully paid and a raise to make up his losses. He basically paid no price whatsoever. Plus, he’s worshiped like a false idol by blind and mute Viking fans. If it were you or me……we’d be in jail.

  6. What a joke. Everyone says “well they shouldn’t have allowed him that much power, it’s their own fault.”

    Article 46 has been there all along and never been a problem until this arrogant self important power hungry clown took over. How were they supposed to know he would try to make it all about him?

    This CBA can’t end fast enough.

  7. The NFL is really cleaning the NFLPA’s clock in court lately. Thank god the NFLPA lawyers all get paid win or lose. All that matters to them is that everything goes to court.

    There went any chance of the Supreme court hearing the Brady case. It just dropped from 1% to 0%. The good news is that the NFLPA lawyers will be able to milk upwards of $2,000 an hour while they drag this out.

  8. This scumbag shouldn’t even have been allowed back in the league. Only a team as desperate as the Vikings would look the other way when one of their players beats a little kid.

  9. So it has recently been made crystal clear that the Commissioner literally has the right to do anything he wants under the CBA. And that’s fine. If that is what the law says, then that is the reality of it.

    What I am curious about is why now? For years and years and years this has been in the CBA. But never before was it used in the literal sense by the Commissioner, or by past Commissioners. What is the catalyst now to use this authority so abusively? Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should is the point.

    Sure, the people that hate the Patriots have a major chub because the Commish smacked Brady around. But even those people can see the Commish abused his authority, and the courts ruled he rightfully abused it. But where is the NFL going with this? What is the end game? Goodell didn’t just wake up one day and decide he was going to be the NFL Dictator on punishment just because. This is a calculated effort. Are we going down this path knowing that the players are never going to agree to this again, and thus will have no choice but to make HUGE concessions in the next CBA negotiation? Like an 18 games season? Or a 20 game season? But be careful what you wish for. Unless you are a Jets fan (lets be real, if Richardson got little more than a stern talking to, and Jey Feely was allowed to alter the footballs, and Favre wasn’t required to give up his phone, no one on that team is going to get punished), you should be terrified that the next target of Goodell’s authority muscles could be one of your favorite players

  10. “… It also serves to reinforce Goodell’s power to impose UNREASONABLE, ARBITRARY and CAPRICIOUS discipline under the current CBA.”

    Affording someone the authority to discipline does not encompass the right to abuse someone. If it did, then the father has the right to impose unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious abuse of his child. See how that works?

  11. turtlehut says:
    Aug 4, 2016 12:39 PM

    If a player (Brady, Peterson, et al) can find a fanboy judge they can get their suspensions overturned for a period, but then the adult judges at Federal Courts of Appeals will overrule because they actually know the law.
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    In Brady’s case, 2 federal judges ruled in favor, 2 against.

  12. This is 100% the players fault. They never get anything of importance in collective bargaining. There’s are too many of them living paycheck to paycheck and they can’t hold out without caving.

  13. Judges like Doty should be held accountable for the frequency by which they rule against the law. If a single judge repeatedly rules against litigants, then that case accends to a higher Court that finds the earlier ruling to be flawed, then that Judge should be suspended for 12 months from the bench. That would prevent all sorts of judicial abuse & waste of time.

  14. @ rollotomasi14 says: Aug 4, 2016 1:03 PM

    turtlehut says: Aug 4, 2016 12:39 PM

    If a player (Brady, Peterson, et al) can find a fanboy judge they can get their suspensions overturned for a period, but then the adult judges at Federal Courts of Appeals will overrule because they actually know the law.
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    In Brady’s case, 2 federal judges ruled in favor, 2 against.
    _______________________

    Incorrect. Brady appealed to the Full Court. When that happened, a simple majority of the full court voted to either accept or reject the appeal. In order for the case to advance, a simple majority needed to beleive that the case would have succeeded on appeal. That didn’t happen. That means that a majority of the Full 2nd circuit did not beleive that Brady’s appeal would have succeeded upon Appeal. So, he lost by a majority of the 2nd circuit’s full court.

  15. Peterson should be in prison. Our prisons are overcrowded, and most of the people inside shouldn’t even be there. They’re just eating up taxpayer’s money. It’s a racket. It’s a dirty big business. Prison should be reserved for people who kill, rape, or hurt others. A grown man who tortures children should definitely be in prison. Even the fellow prisoners usually have their own justice system. They don’t like anyone who hurts kids. Peterson is very lucky he avoided prison and the justice system inside the walls. Goodell should have thrown him out of the NFL for life.

  16. Doty’s ruling served a the necessary step to the path that led A.D. back to the reunion with the good men and women of his sport, team, and fans, our conditional forgiveness, and the contrition that has clearly produced in him. This decision is correct, coming as it does now, as the final word.

  17. Judge Doty is a senile, 87-year old, lackey who has consistently rules against businesses in general and the NFL in particular.

    Really, folks, 87 year olds don’t belong on the bench.

    It’s time to take your great, great, great, grand kids to the fishing pond, David.

  18. This guarentees two things:

    The NFLPA will appeal to SCOTUS, maybe wrap Brady and AP’s cases together somehow.

    There will be a lockout/strike in 2020.

  19. Oh please. Everyone whining “your favorite player will be next.” Yeah, maybe if my favorite player cheats or beats the hell out of his small child.

    Its funny that when someone gets suspended for harmlessly smoking marijuana the comments are all along the lines of “what an idiot! his own fault! throwing it all away because he’s a druggy!” But when its cheating or beating your kid, you know, potentially affected game outcomes OR HURTING A CHILD, the comments are all about how Herr Goodell is coming for your team next.

  20. 3, 2, 1…………………Here come the Goodell haters who believe that it is super ok to beat your kid with a tree branch until he bleeds. Nice.

  21. @nhpats

    Lying, sniveling . Evidence destroying, Tammy Brady shoud have gotten 10 more. #onlynflqbsuspendedforcheating

  22. truthdispensary says:
    Aug 4, 2016 1:17 PM

    rollotomasi14 says:
    In Brady’s case, 2 federal judges ruled in favor, 2 against.
    _______________________
    Incorrect. Brady appealed to the Full Court. When that happened, a simple majority of the full court voted to either accept or reject the appeal. In order for the case to advance, a simple majority needed to beleive that the case would have succeeded on appeal. That didn’t happen. That means that a majority of the Full 2nd circuit did not beleive that Brady’s appeal would have succeeded upon Appeal. So, he lost by a majority of the 2nd circuit’s full court.
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    No, you are wrong “truth”dispenary. The full 2nd circuit didn’t rule on the appeal itself they decided not to hear it, that’s not the same thing at all.

  23. The players should be looking at the dimwit they have heading up their union. His plan to negotiate on money only and take everything else to court was stupid from the start. I have no idea what prompted them to vote him back in.

    I can only hope he negotiates their next CBA so I can watch them shoot themselves in the foot again.

  24. The players should be looking at the dimwit they have heading up their union. His plan to negotiate on money only and take everything else to court was stupid from the start. I have no idea what prompted them to vote him back in.

    I can only hope he negotiates their next CBA so I can watch them shoot themselves in the foot again.

  25. Simply, the NFL has the right to punish people when they break the law or the rules. I know, I know…some ‘no so clearly thinking’ people don’t like that. But, a HUGE majority of America does want it that way.

  26. I wonder if the NFL’s new-found uber-integrity will extend to suspending the Guyer HGH accused players for 8 months of not co-operating with the non-investigation? Or will Ray Lewis be barred from the HoF (to little too late of course, but being involved in a murder then obstructing the case is far worse than what AP did). Enjoy your statue of shame, Cravens’ fans.

  27. In a perfect world Goddell and the NFL itself would have to compete against another football league that paid players better, had better rules, etc. But this isn’t a perfect world. Goddell is garbage.

    But Adrian Peterson is the scum left behind when you take the garbage out.

    I don’t care if you drink, do drugs, don’t work, whatever…
    You don’t beat a little kid, cram leaves down his throat, and cut his scrotum and not have to suffer some consequences.

    He should have been railroaded out of the league Ray Rice style… but the real disgusting part is that if Ray Rice was as good as AP he’d be playing for the Ravens right now. Truth is that Ray Rice picked the wrong time to beat his wife on camera. Had he been more talented at the time it wouldn’t have mattered.

  28. As a Saints fan I sure am glad Goodell has moved on from us! With Patriots, Steelers and Vikings getting their smack down I figure we have another 5-6 years before its our turn again 😛

  29. Set aside rooting interests and personal feelings about the specific case here. There is now a clear and consistent set of precedents indicating Commissioner Goodell does have the authority to suspend players as he sees fit. The only way the NFLPA can change it is through a change in the CBA. That, in turn, will require negotiation, which means they’d have to give up something else. Even with going on strike I don’t see this changing as the horse is already out of the barn.

  30. the nfl has the right to punish, i think most people are ok with that.

    what people have a problem with is the way that some punishments are handed down in a very uneven fashion.

    i understand that people believe Brady deserved four games for whatever he did, (conspiracy to underinflate or damaging his phone), but the same infractions were penalized significantly different.

    you really do not care until you see it happen to your team, but the list is growing…

  31. truthdispensary, you remind me of the two soviet era newspapers, pravda and izvetsia, one was news and the other truth, the people claimed the truth published no news, and the news published no truth.

  32. vikingf0rlife says:
    Aug 4, 2016 12:39 PM
    Clearly the NFL was within rights, this guy is a washed up child abuser, he will never be the same AP. He should be barred from the NFL, guys like this don’t deserve a second chance, plus he’s definitely lost a step. I’m ASHAMED of this man and want him off my team. Time for another slice of pizza and then I will eat some funions to feed my obesity problem.
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    I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not. I’m no fan of AP and what his past entails. However….

    Washed up? How do you call a guy who led the league in rushing washed up? Sure he may have lost a step, but he still outruns 95% of defenses.

  33. Nobody argues that the CBA doesn’t give Goodell the right to punish people any way he wants. The players took the money, so be it. It’s the capricious and subjective way he does it, with or without evidence, playing favorites, that’s the problem. The NFL has always had bad actors. So has every other professional sports league. The difference is, ONLY Goodell is constantly embroiled in controversy regarding these matters, because he keeps screwing up. NHL players are constantly trying to injure other players, but BShanahan, and now SQuintal, are consistant and basically get it right every time. So did Rozelle and Tagliabue.

  34. brwmstr says:
    Aug 4, 2016 12:37 PM
    line up people, it may be your player next,
    _______

    AP got a paid vacation he went overboard in disciplining bis child the VIKINGS choose to put him on the exempt list.

    Goodell was quite fair in this situation.

  35. AP deserves the punishment, not that we need a bunch of Packer fans expressing mock outrage as they cheer on their own girlfriend beating, drug selling, gun-running defensive lineman.

  36. It would be great if each person calling for a life sentence for a misdemeanor experience the same thing they’re wishing on others. Envy is such an ugly character trait. It lacks character.

  37. It’s amazing that so many people think article 46 is a newly negotiated part of the current CBA.

    It was part of the CBA negotiated in 1968 and has obviously been available to every commissioner since.

    None of the players currently in the NFL agreed to this article in any negotiation and neither did the current head of the NFLPA.

    The players today were put in a position where only drastic concessions would lead to dissolution of the article. I doubt that the original people that negotiated against (or even for) article 46 envisioned it being used the way the current commissioner uses it.

  38. dumbaseinstien says:
    Aug 4, 2016 1:45 PM

    Simply, the NFL has the right to punish people when they break the law or the rules. I know, I know…some ‘no so clearly thinking’ people don’t like that. But, a HUGE majority of America does want it that way.

    ……..

    It goes much, much further than that…Goodell has the right to punish players for any reason, including no reason, at all.

    The NFLPA just took two big losses in the last month, wonder if they appeal Brady to the Supreme Court. He gave his permission for them to pursue it.

  39. I Just Like Typing, You have asked a very important question, why now. Goodell has not abused his powers. He is the first comissioner who has been forced into using them. Read, Former NFL exec Jerry Angelo’s comments on how teams have hid hundreds and hundreds of domestic violence cases. And teams never reported the players to the NFL. Had Ray Rice incident not been caught on video, he probably would still be playing. Teams have been covering for other teams cheating for years. It was only when Eric Mangiani got the NFL involved that Goodell had to act. I do believe he abused his responsibilties in that case but again, the foundation of the game was at stake. The same with Deflategate, another team brought the NFL into it and Goodell had no choice but to act. He was not going to be able to cover this up. The former commisoners knew all about this and they did nothing. So no, Goodell did not abuse power, he has been the first one forced to use it.

  40. Article 46 was never a problem for anybody until the goof otherwise known as the commissioner of the NFL stepped into his job. I’m sure the players union will be too happy to call this to the league’s attention when the time comes and we won’t have football for a long time because of the actions of the aforementioned goof and the rump smoochers who back him up.

    #SayMyName
    #WhatsMyName
    #PreachMyName

  41. brwmstr says:
    Aug 4, 2016 12:37 PM

    line up people, it may be your player next, then we’ll see if you are praising Goodell.
    FIRE GOODELL
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    Maybe the Union should of elected a different chief instead of DeMaurice Smith. I don’t like Goodell, but the union and the PLAYERS gave him that power. No body to blame but them self’s.

  42. skawh says:
    Aug 4, 2016 2:26 PM

    It would be great if each person calling for a life sentence for a misdemeanor experience the same thing they’re wishing on others. Envy is such an ugly character trait. It lacks character.

    ——————————-

    Why would experience it if we never torture our children. He may have plead down to a misdemeanor, but that was plain old torture.

  43. fireroger says:
    Aug 4, 2016 2:05 PM
    “Can’t wait to see Goodell neutered at next CBA.”

    ****

    You’re in for a long wait.
    Remember when the NFL was supposedly getting battered in court and Brady’s case was a slam dunk? Lol.

    Brady for prison

  44. raysfan1 says: Aug 4, 2016 1:55 PM
    Set aside rooting interests and personal feelings about the specific case here. There is now a clear and consistent set of precedents indicating Commissioner Goodell does have the authority to suspend players as he sees fit. The only way the NFLPA can change it is through a change in the CBA. That, in turn, will require negotiation, which means they’d have to give up something else.
    _______________

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

    Now, what do the majority of players want more?
    1) Goodell’s power reduced
    2) The ability to smoke grass.

    In both cases the players have to give up something to get what they want.

    My vote is for #2, because its only a few people who have felt the wrath of Goodell.

  45. This is why I’ve been saying that the players should have been behind Brady 100%. It wasn’t just about him, it was about Goodell’s desire to achieve dictatorial power. And now he has two federal courts telling him that he can do whatever he wants. This is bad for the league, and worse for the players. All this does is set up a confrontation when the CBA is up for re-negotiation. Congratulations, Roger, you got the power what you wanted, but at a cost that just isn’t worth it.

  46. This guarentees two things:

    The NFLPA will appeal to SCOTUS, maybe wrap Brady and AP’s cases together somehow.

    There will be a lockout/strike in 2020.
    _________

    So they are going to somehow make two unrelated cases into one , and ask the NFL to lockout the players?
    LOL
    Educate yourself, you have no idea what a lockout even is.

  47. Just worry about yourself and your team, don’t need to say anything about any one. Look at yourself before you start to open up your mouth, losers. You’r really not perfect yourself.

  48. skawh says:
    Aug 4, 2016 2:26 PM
    It would be great if each person calling for a life sentence for a misdemeanor experience the same thing they’re wishing on others. Envy is such an ugly character trait. It lacks character.

    —–

    It’d be great if I got suspended from my job (not fired), and not jailed, for beating my kid?

  49. It was part of the CBA negotiated in 1968 and has obviously been available to every commissioner since.

    None of the players currently in the NFL agreed to this article in any negotiation and neither did the current head of the NFLPA.

    —–

    Uh, incorrect. Collective Bargaining AGREEMENT. If its in there, they agreed to it.

  50. he has no room to whine. he admitted to a judge that he smoked dope in violation of his bail (and league rules) for beating a child and the league didn’t even address it.

  51. Good luck in the next CBA negotiation NFLPA – these rulings are just demonstrating how much power the commissioner’s office really has, and no way the league office gives that up. You could try to wait it out, but given that DJax supposedly needed to take out loans to get through the last very brief stoppage, your members will likely be clamoring for a money-now deal at the first opportunity and the league will likely, as usual, oblige under the usual condition that if you set the amount, they get to set the terms.

  52. The people so singularly focused on how “Brady is a cheater” show their lack of intelligence every time they comment.

    You cant have it both ways. The ONLY way you can justify Brady being a “cheater” is if you believe weather DOES NOT affect the psi of a football. Everyone already knows that weather does affect the balls, which is why the Colts balls (which started .5 psi higher, and had 10 minutes to warm up) were below the 12.5 psi minimum requirement as well. The under psi Patriots footballs warrants a $5 mil investigation, the below 12.5 psi Colts footballs are just some strange Foxboro visiting team phenomena, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain… Rational people see this for what it was, a bag job to gain a strangle hold on player discipline under Article 46 to use as a major bargaining chip in the next CBA negotiation. This whole phony idea that the NFL received a tip, and gave it no credibility is a joke. And then they were just soooo utterly surprised when the balls actually were too low, and the tip was actually legit, only to have zero reaction to Indy’s footballs being low. It makes no sense. Why wasn’t Indy investigated, and sanctioned, and punished. Their footballs, when factoring in the time they had to re-acclimate to the warm locker room before testing, lost more psi than New England’s footballs. Why is this not getting more attention? (rhetorical, we already know why)

  53. turtlehut says:
    Aug 4, 2016 12:39 PM
    If a player (Brady, Peterson, et al) can find a fanboy judge they can get their suspensions overturned for a period, but then the adult judges at Federal Courts of Appeals will overrule because they actually know the law.
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    Please don’t confuse child abuse with fictitious amounts of air pressure that falls perfectly in line with the laws of science.

    For everybody out there who doesn’t think Deflategate was a witch hunt, I really have to question your intelligence or lack there of.

  54. Goodell works for the owners. Anytime a player gets suspended the fans of that team get on here and go crazy calling Goodell names, physically threatening him and calling for his head (firing, not literal, I hope anyway). The only thing the owners worry about are $$$$$$$$$$$ and as long as the NFL continues to rake in the $$$$$$$$$ Goodell is going nowhere. So if you want to get rid of Goodell, quit coming to web sites and leaving comments, pretend you don’t care. Don’t buy jerseys, don’t go to games. Don’t watch on TV and don’t support any of the vendors who advertise on NFL Network or any NFL games. Since none of you are willing to do that then embrace Goodell, he’s going to be here awhile

  55. It is the NFL’s league! They are a private company and can do what they want!! If you don’t like it, you take your services to a competitor (none) or you can quit. If you don’t want to get suspended from THEIR company, don’t beat your 4 year old until he bleeds and don’t destroy your cell phone when you are under investigation. If you are a consumer of their services (a fan) and don’t like it, then don’t buy their products. See you in week 5, Tommy!!!

  56. deacon85 says:
    Aug 4, 2016 2:42 PM
    This is why I’ve been saying that the players should have been behind Brady 100%. It wasn’t just about him, it was about Goodell’s desire to achieve dictatorial power. And now he has two federal courts telling him that he can do whatever he wants. This is bad for the league, and worse for the players. All this does is set up a confrontation when the CBA is up for re-negotiation. Congratulations, Roger, you got the power what you wanted, but at a cost that just isn’t worth it.

    ——————-

    Maybe it is this desire that you have that everything needs to be fought until the dying breath is what is wrong.

    This wasn’t the hill the NFLPA had to die on. If Brady had done 4 games 2 years ago, noone would remember this incident. It probably would not have affected the Patriots chances that year, although Pats fans would’ve found something else whine about.

    Both sides had leverage due to uncertainty until things went to court. Brady had a chance to settle this early on in the process as well.

    If you chose the hill you want to die on and you lose, don’t freaking whine about what a mistake it was.

  57. Funny how out of one side of your mouths many haters will argue that everyone be treated fairly and that the scales of justice be balanced. Yet, when it comes to Peterson, he should be sent to jail, prevented from earning a living, and never allowed to see his son again even though that punishment never happens to any other first time offenders in or out of the NFL. In fact the primary motivation from the courts and child services is to rehabilitate and keep the family together. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Let us hope none of you ever get in trouble. I hope the courts treat you with similar grace as you are showing.

  58. Pat fans, I find amusing. Goodell save your franchise’s ass during Spygate. Save Bill Belichick from being suspended for even a game, when in fact he should have been banned. He prevented an investigation by making statements that he could not possibly even known. He destroyed evidence that prevented not only the other owners from knowing but also the public. He focused only on one violation for Spygate when in fact that not only would have proven Belicheck was in fact cheating in real time but has been doing it for years. You really need to be careful for what you wish for. Once Roger leaves office, Spygate will be revisited and a true investigation will happen. Goodell vouched for your Superbowls. He prevented other teams from making charges against the Pats. As long as Goodell is inoffice, is as long as your legacy is protected.

  59. I’d lime to thank that citrus poster for taking time out from his search for bigfoot, unicorns and alien abductions.

  60. limakey says:
    Aug 4, 2016 5:35 PM

    Pat fans, I find amusing. Goodell save your franchise’s ass during Spygate. Save Bill Belichick from being suspended for even a game, when in fact he should have been banned. He prevented an investigation by making statements that he could not possibly even known. He destroyed evidence that prevented not only the other owners from knowing but also the public. He focused only on one violation for Spygate when in fact that not only would have proven Belicheck was in fact cheating in real time but has been doing it for years. You really need to be careful for what you wish for. Once Roger leaves office, Spygate will be revisited and a true investigation will happen. Goodell vouched for your Superbowls. He prevented other teams from making charges against the Pats. As long as Goodell is inoffice, is as long as your legacy is protected.
    ——————————

    Get over it already. And that stupid book you read doesn’t have any facts in it whatsoever.

  61. Peterson should have been banned for life, child beaters have no place in the NFL and only the low life Viking fans could possibly justify his behavior.

    Not winning a Superbowl in 54 years causes you to justify anything that might lead to a few more wins.

  62. sdsmooth says:
    Aug 4, 2016 12:44 PM
    Beat a child. Jam leaves down his throat. Lacerate his scrotum.

    Yes. He should have been suspended. For life.

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    I’m not going to argue whether or not AP got what he deserved. I was hoping the Vikings would cut him, but the fans don’t get to make those decisions. I would, however, like to see the precedent for suspending someone for life. Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth killed people. Jamaal Lewis set up cocaine deals. Mike Vick ran a dog ring. Countless others fired guns in public. All played or could have played again if there was a team willing to take them. In fact no one has been banned for life by the NFL for something strictly criminal.

  63. Sucks he has to pay a fine for six games when the written punishment for domestic violence at the time was 2 games. That’s right, 2 games. Remember ray rice? … So Peterson wasn’t allowed (per the commish) to play in 15 games and was docked for 6 of them. (The team put him on the exempt list and Goodell wouldn’t take him off.) I don’t really care about petersons personal life, it doesn’t affect me either way, but I do care about the court ruling in favor of the NFL in both cases…

    For you fans who think it won’t happen to your team, just wait until your quarterback is suspended for being “generally aware” of the steroids one of the offensive linemen are taking. It’s bound to happen and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

  64. This only proves that Doty is an old fool and totally in the pocket of the NFLPA. The Appeals courts understand the law, apparently the district court judges in the Brady case and this one do not.

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