On Tuesday morning, the NFL finally announced its long awaited decision concerning Adrian Peterson’s future. The Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for at least the rest of the 2014 season. Peterson cannot be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015. The NFL announced Peterson’s suspension in lengthy letter explaining its reasoning.
Roger Goodell said in the letter, “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.”
Goodell also said, “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.”
However, the NFL Players Association released a statement, announcing that they will appeal Peterson’s suspension because “the discipline imposed is inconsistent.”
The NFLPA said in a 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.”
I am not surprised one bit to hear this suspension ruling because the NFL is just trying to clean up its public image that has taken major hits in the past few months. Also, what Adrian Peterson did should not be taken lightly and should serve as an example for young athletes everywhere. Do you agree with the decision to suspend Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season without pay?