Adrian Peterson will have to pay the NFL $2 million after the latest court ruling.
Adrian Peterson lost 15 games out of his career due to his 2014 arrest on child abuse charges, and now he is set to lose $2 million after an appeals court reviewed his suspension and ruled in favor of the NFL.
Peterson will not be happy to lose $2 million but he really can’t complain.
He can’t complain because at the end of the day he put himself in that terrible situation to begin with. Even though he likes to play the victim, he has no one to blame but himself.
But he also can’t complain because the Vikings already made up that $2 million by giving him a new contract with more guaranteed money.
Last offseason Peterson faced down the Vikings, probably anticipating that he would lose money when the appeals court ruled. Peterson won the stare-down and was given $20 million guaranteed.
Subtract the $2 million and that’s still $18 million Peterson is going to get regardless of what happens.
Peterson may not have ultimately been vindicated by the courts but what does he care when he already successfully made his case with the Wilfs and got the guaranteed money added to his contract?
Nobody is going to cry for Adrian Peterson when he forks over the $2 million.
Peterson may think he was done wrong by the league, the courts and certain people in the Vikings organization who didn’t have his back during his suspension, but that’s tough beans.
Peterson may have lost endorsement money due to his conduct but again, that’s on him.
When all was said-and-done, Peterson came out of the whole thing in pretty good shape. He got to keep his career, and he kept his standing as one of the league’s most popular players.
Some turned against Peterson and are still against him, but for the most part, he escaped with his image intact.
Peterson didn’t suffer nearly as much as other players have after becoming embroiled in scandals.
Adrian Peterson may not feel this way when he sees that $2 million disappear from his bank account, but he got incredibly lucky. He really should not complain about having to pay up.