Minnesota Vikings Runningback Adrian Peterson has officially been suspended for the rest of the season, without pay.
According to SBNation , the NFL notified the media via a press release on Tuesday morning that Peterson’s reinstatement had been denied, and that he has been suspended without pay for “at least” the rest of the 2014 season.
The NFL has taken a strong stance on disciplining Peterson based on his actions of whipping his four-year-old son with a tree branch as well as the league’s recently enacted domestic violence policy.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell explained the league’s decision to suspend Peterson indefinitely, stating , “The injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father…
[Furthermore,] you have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct.
When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother.
You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.” The league has since issued a letter to Peterson discussing the requirements he must fulfill more reinstatement.
The full release can be read here .
Within the release, Goodell stated , “The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision.
Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions.
We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy.” NBC Sports reports that though Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015, Peterson has three days to appeal the decision, and will most likely try to do so.
If the decision is appealed, Peterson will be able stay on the commissioner’s exempt list and still collect his pay while the appeal proceeds.