Adrian Peterson Says He’s Happy to Finally Get Fair Hearing


Adrian Peterson had his day in court today as the NFLPA argued its case against the NFL in front of federal judge David Doty. The union says the NFL acted contrary to the CBA by imposing a suspension on Peterson for child abuse allegations, and also says the NFL should not be able to order Peterson into counseling. Peterson remains suspended pending a reinstatement hearing.

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After the hearing, Judge Doty said the matter is “under advisement” and gave no timetable for rendering a decision. Peterson spoke to reporters outside the courtroom and seemed satisfied with the way things went:

Peterson implies that he did not get a fair hearing from an arbitrator in December when his NFL-imposed suspension was upheld. Peterson’s case before the arbitrator hinged on his assertion that he was falsely promised to be given credit for time served before being slapped with a suspension that ended his season and will continue into 2015 unless he meets certain terms.

Should the terms of Peterson’s suspension stand, the running back will have to apply for reinstatement on April 15. He will also have to comply with the league’s order that he seek counseling. There are many who believe the Vikings will attempt to trade Peterson, who is still under contract through 2017. Others think Peterson will inevitably be cut.

The Vikings no doubt would like some clarification on Peterson’s future status before making any decision. They await judge Doty’s ruling.

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