Today, the NFL announced that Minnesota’s star running back Adrian Peterson would remain suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. Peterson was indicted in September for injury to a child back in September, after news broke about him discipling his son with a switch. The NFL then stated Peterson violated the league’s personal conduct policy and suspended him for his actions, leading to his appeal. Peterson appealed the NFL’s initial suspension in hopes of reinstatement. However, the NFL announced their decision against allowing him back in the league for the year this morning.
Below are five facts you should should know.
Peterson is suspended for the remainder of the year and, as of now, wont be considered for reinstatement until April 15, 2015. The All-Pro running back will also miss out on his pay this season, but according to Forbes Magazine he’s made over $20 Million in career earnings and $1 Million in endorsements in his career. Hopefully he saved up.
However, Peterson stands to lose up to $4 Million dollars this season and because it’s the NFL, no money going forward is guaranteed to him
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sites Peterson’s lack of remorse as a key reason as to why he won’t reinstate Peterson. When Peterson acknowledged his actions but showed little remorse, Goodell said in a league statement that “These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”
Peterson has three days to appeal the ruling, which he and the NFL Players Association have already stated they’ll do.
The team isn’t siding with Peterson on this one. The Vikings have already washed their hands with the ruling, saying they “respect the league’s decision and will have no further comment at this time.”