Adrian Peterson's appeal denied, suspension upheld

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has lost his appeal of his suspension with appeals officer Harold Henderson denying his appeal.

Peterson is expected to appeal the ruling in federal court.

"I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent," Henderson said in a statement. "He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

The appeal was heard by Henderson, a former NFL executive last week. Henderson was appointed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"The NFLPA expected this outcome, given the hearing officer's relationship and financial ties to the NFL," the NFLPA said in a statement. "The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement. This decision also represents the NFL's repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players. Our union is considering immediate legal remedies."

Goodell has said he would not consider Peterson's reinstatement before next April 15.

Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, hasn't played for the ikings since he charged with child abuse in Texas. He was placed on paid leave while the legal process played out, and he pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He avoided jail time by reaching the plea deal.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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