On Friday, the NFL denied Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
According to a ruling by arbiter Harold Henderson, Peterson was unable to demonstrate that “the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed Henderson, a former NFL executive, to the appeal case.
Henderson concluded in his written decision that the 2012 NFL MVP “was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline.”
Last month, Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for at least the remainder of the season. Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, will be considered for reinstatement on April 15, 2015.
The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) responded quickly saying that they were not surprised by Henderson’s ruling on the Peterson case “given the hearing officer’s relationship and financial ties to the NFL.”
ESPN reported that the NFLPA is not giving up so easily. The union stated that: “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.”