The legal case with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took another step forward Monday morning as the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit on behalf of Peterson over the denial of his appealed suspension.
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson told a top NFL executive in the days leading up to his suspension for the rest of 2014 that he wanted Commissioner Roger Goodell to consider that he’d already lost $4 million in endorsements and missed more than half the season while his child abuse case played out.
The NFL’s hard line on Adrian Peterson held up. The league-appointed arbitrator for Peterson’s appeal affirmed the unpaid suspension until at least next spring, the final result of the child-abuse case that kept the Minnesota running back out of all but one game this season and widened the rift between the NFL and its players over the fairness of the disciplinary process.
The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson. The ban was handed down by the league’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild’s 5-4 home win over New York. Scandella struck Nelson with 2:28 left in the game and was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.
The hearings are done, and now we wait for the NFL to make a decision on Adrian Peterson’s appeal. Peterson wants his season-ending suspension overturned.
Adrian Peterson won’t attend the conclusion of his suspension appeal hearing Thursday when NFL executive Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify, two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Peterson gave a statement without testifying on Tuesday, according to one person. Another person said hearing officer Harold Henderson asked Vincent to testify after the NFL Players Association submitted an audio tape and a transcript of a conversation between Vincent and Peterson as evidence.
Minnesota Vikings running back has met with a hearing officer in an appeal over his suspension from the NFL and is now awaiting a ruling. The hearing took place Tuesday morning with Harold Henderson, the NFL’s former vice president of labor relations. He has reportedly heard over 90 appeals in the last six years dealing with personal conduct and drug issues.
Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back.
In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell’s punishment “unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful” and demands an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson’s case.
Instead of focusing on their team’s best player’s suspension, the Minnesota Vikings are getting ready for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
The Minnesota Vikings were already going to face a difficult decision this winter about Adrian Peterson, with the star running back turning 30 next year. That was before the public relations problem his child abuse case created for the team.
The NFL announced Tuesday morning that Adrian Peterson will be suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season.
Adrian Peterson will not be returning to football anytime soon, after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Vikings running back without pay. In a letter to Peterson, Goodell said his reinstatement would be contingent on him completing a treatment and counseling program.
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A minor league player in the Minnesota Twins’ organization has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a positive test for a banned stimulant. Catcher Alex Real was suspended Tuesday by the commissioner’s office. The 21-year-old Real was drafted by the Twins in June.