NFLPA says it plans to appeal Adrian Peterson suspension
The NFL Players Association announced that it will appeal Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy.
The league announced today that Peterson would be suspended for at least the remainder of the season and ineligible for reinstatement until April 15, 2015.
The players' union said it will ask for a neutal third-party arbitrator and was critical of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision.
"The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take," the NFLPA said in a statement. "Since Adrian'?s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding. The facts are that Adrian has asked for a meeting with Roger Goodell, the discipline imposed is inconsistent and an NFL executive told Adrian that his time on the Commissioner?s list would be considered as time served.
"The NFLPA will appeal this suspension and will demand that a neutral arbitrator oversee the appeal. We call on the NFL Management Council to show our players and our sponsors leadership by committing to collective bargaining so a fair personal conduct policy can be implemented as quickly as possible."
The Minnesota Vikings have issued a statement supporting the decision.
"The NFL has informed the Vikings of today’s decision regarding Adrian Peterson," the Vikings said. "We respect the league’s decision and will have no further comment at this time."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun