Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for the rest of the 2014 season. The NFL has stated that Peterson will not be eligible for reinstatement until April 15th, 2015. Peterson was suspended by the NFL for “violating the league’s personal conduct policy”. AP will have a meeting with the arbitrator on Monday, and it was reported on ESPN that Peterson could be on the field on Sunday to play against the Green Bay Packers if he is allowed to play while the appeal is pending. The issues all started for the All-Pro running back in mid-September when he was placed on paid leave by the league until his court case was processed and a plea was entered. Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault. The charge was claiming that Peterson hit his four-year old son, with a wooden switch. The original charge for AP was a felony charge. The issue with the situation with Peterson is that the question of corporal punishment is talked about. Corporal punishment is declining rapidly in the US and is a good topic to spark debate. Peterson claimed that he was just disciplining his son, and never meant to harm him to the extent that he did.

The NFLPA released this statement:

“The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take….Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding. The facts are that Adrian has asked for a meeting with Roger Goodell, the discipline imposed is inconsistent and an NFL executive told Adrian that his time on the commissioner’s list would be considered as time served. The NFLPA will appeal this suspension and will demand that a neutral arbitrator oversee the appeal. We call on the NFL Management Council to show our players and our sponsors leadership by committing to collective bargaining so a fair personal conduct policy can be implemented as quickly as possible.”

We need to be realistic and face the facts here, the NFL is trying to come down hard on Peterson because they don’t want to receive the same backlash that they got for the way they handled the Ray Rice case. Rice was accused of domestic violence for assaulting his wife, and knocking her out cold in an elevator. The original suspension for that offense was just 4 games. Mainly, the NFL was overwhelmed with the bad publicity that they had received for their bad judgment and consequences to such disgusting actions. Said publicity had caused many sponsors to pull from their contract with the NFL. Roger Goodell, who is not a very respected or liked man with the fans of the league, was on the hot seat and in jeopardy of losing his job (We could only hope). The suspension he handed out to Peterson is harsh, and that’s not in any way a justification for AP’s actions, but the NFL knows that they can’t take another black eye on their handling of issues like this. It remains to be seen if Peterson will win his appeal and play again for the Vikings this season, but one this is for sure; the NFL has no choice but to cover their backsides.

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