NFLPA Files Appeal of Adrian Peterson’s Suspension

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had his appeal to end his suspension denied by hearing officer Harold Henderson, meaning Peterson would currently be ineligible to play in any games the remainder of this season, and Peterson would not be able to apply for reinstatement until April 15, 2015.

NFL PR man Greg Aiello first released the news, then gave the reasoning for the appeal denied, in Henderson’s words.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) said in a statement that they “expected this outcome, given the hearing officer’s relationship and financial ties to the NFL,” referencing that Henderson is a former NFL executive that spent around 20 years, with the union also saying that it is “considering immediate legal remedies”.

“The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement,” the NFLPA’s statement read in part.  This decision also represents the NFL’s repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players.”

ESPN’s Andrew Brandt laid out why there could be further legal action taken by the union, while CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora believes the next legal step could be in federal court.

We will have more on the story surrounding Peterson’s attempts to return to the playing field as it develops.

Update: Monday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.:

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the NFLPA has filed a lawsuit challenging the Adrian Peterson decision.

The NFL Players Association petition against the NFL in the Adrian Peterson matter is available here.

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