A Federal Judge has ruled in favor of Minnesota Vikings player, Adrian Peterson. The running back is now up for reinstatement following a ruling that an NFL arbitrator ‘failed to meet his duty’. Read on for all the details.
It’s been a long legal battle for Adrian Peterson, 29. The NFL player was suspended by the league on Nov. 18, 2014 after he pleaded no contest to a Class A misdemeanor in his son’s child-abuse case. Then his appeal was denied by the league in Dec. 2014. Now, a Federal Judge has overturned that ruling on Feb. 26.
NFL Player Adrian Peterson Up For Reinstatement
Adrian’s football career has been in limbo for a long time. The NFL had suspended him back in Nov. 2014 and it was set to run through April 2015. After Adrian’s appealed was denied, he took his case even further, to Federal Judge, David Doty. And lo and behold the judge ruled in the running back’s favor, according to ESPN.
Judge David said in his 16-page ruling that NFL arbitrator, Harold Henderson “simply disregarded the law of the shop and in doing so failed to meet his duty” under the collective bargaining agreement.
So what does that mean? Well, now the case gets sent back for further proceedings consistent with the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, according to the outlet. Once Adrian is reinstated, he will be able to return to the Vikings, if that’s what he chooses. He currently is still under contract with the team through 2017.
Adrian isn’t the only one happy about the outcome. NFLPA Executive Director, DeMaurice Smith, issued the following statement:
“This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players’ rights. This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game.”
Adrian Admits He Is Not The Perfect Father
To refresh your memory, the case was sparked after Adrian’s 4-year-old son’s alleged injuries were discovered by his doctor during a previously scheduled appointment, and the doctor concluded that the wounds were consistent with child abuse.
Once investigated, Adrian told the police he will never stop “whooping my kids … because I know how being spanked has helped me in my life,” but that he would reconsider using switches in the future, according to CBS Houston.
He also previously admitted he wasn’t the perfect parent, but that didn’t mean he was a child abuser. “I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” he said in a statement on social media.
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