NFL reviewing Adrian Peterson under personal-conduct policy
The NFL is reviewing Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson under the NFL personal-conduct policy for potential discipline stemming from his misdemeanor guilty plea in a child abuse case in Texans involving Peterson injuring his son.
Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault and a finding of guilt was deferred for two years, while he was fined $4,000 and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.
Peterson remains on the commisioner's exempt list and is being paid.
Nothing is expected to be completed with the review until next week at the earliest.
The NFL has asked for all relevant information from Peterson about his case. A hearing is expected before he's disciplined. Until his status has been reviewed, Peterson will remain on the commissioner's exempt list.
The NFL Players Association reacted to the news Thursday in a statement.
"Our union worked with the NFL, the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian's representatives on a mutual agreement pending the adjudication of his legal case," the players' union said. "Now that his legal matter is resolved, we believe it is Adrian's right to be treated in a manner that is consistent with similar cases under our collective bargaining agreement. We will pursue any and all remedies if those rights are breached."
Peterson has missed eight games with pay.
Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child. He used a wooden switch to discipline his son, causing welts on the boy's buttocks, legs, back, hands and scrotum.
Peterson admitted to smoking marijuana prior to a drug test. That could affect Peterson's chances for reinstatement, too.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun