ESPN’s Michele Steele reports that Adrian Peterson has reached a plea deal Tuesday afternoon in his child-abuse case. This is the best possible scenario that Peterson could have envisioned, considering how poorly the past few months have been going for him.
Steele reports that upon acceptance of the plea deal, Peterson will not be charged with felony child-abuse and instead only one misdemeanor count of reckless assault. If the deal goes through, Peterson will be placed on probation, have to pay a fine of $2,000 and perform 80 hours of community service, according to ProFootballTalk.com
Now the ball is in Roger Goodell’s court, as they will have to decide whether or not to suspend Peterson, who has been on the commissioner’s exempt list for 8 weeks.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman didn’t have much to offer on Peterson saying, “All I’m going to say is basically at the appropriate time, and I know you guys can appreciate this, we’ll keep all of our comments under the Adrian situation until it’s appropriate to speak. And I’ll just leave it at that.”
I have no doubt that if allowed by Goodell, Peterson will definitely play on an NFL team this season due to his sheer talent. That being said, if it were a lesser known player being accused of these awful charges, then I think NFL teams would consider not signing him due to the bad publicity he would bring. But since we are talking about one of the premier running backs of the NFL, Peterson can still be very effective for a team right now.
If you were Goodell, would you suspend Peterson or not?