NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For Rest of Season
The Minnesota Vikings were hoping they could get star running back Adrian Peterson back for the stretch run. After Peterson’s legal issues had been cleared up thanks to a “no contest” plea, it seemed it would only be a matter of time before he’d be back with the team.
The NFL has different ideas. Per reports, the league has handed down a suspension that will keep Peterson off the field for the remainder of the season.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league as a whole have received major criticism for not handling abuse off the field appropriately, and the man in charge has decided that Peterson’s nine-game stay on the league’s exempt list wasn’t punishment enough.
If this latest suspension sticks, Peterson would miss Minnesota’s final six games without pay, but would hypothetically be cleared to return next season. While the suspension is almost certain to stand, Peterson and the Vikings are thought to be putting together an appeal at the moment and could still have a chance at overturning the league’s suspension.
It’s an interesting and delicate matter, as Peterson was indicted earlier this year for child abuse. While photos revealed that Peterson clearly stepped over a line at some point, it’s worth arguing that the league hasn’t had clear guidelines in place to penalize players for abuse. It’s also worth noting that with Peterson’s case resolved and the running back already having “time served” after missing the last nine games, that any kind of further suspension may come off as overkill.
The NFL clearly isn’t worried about the backlash of Vikings or Peterson fans. Goodell and co. are worried about “getting it right” in the public eye when it comes to any kind of abuse from it’s players.
Whether or not Goodell and the NFL are getting it right by penalizing Peterson further remains to be seen, while it’s also not completely cemented just yet that this suspension will stick. Peterson’s return is looking bleak, though, and if this suspension is final it is likely the final nail in the coffin of Minnesota’s season.
At 4-6, the Vikings already were facing long odds to sneak into the NFC playoffs, as the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are both in almost insurmountable leads at 7-3, while an NFC wild card figures to be a pipe dream, as well.
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