(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was suspended for the remainder of the 2014 season after he pleaded no contest to reckless assault for striking his child with a switch, had his appeal for reinstatement denied on Friday.
Peterson’s appeal was heard by former NFL executive Harold Henderson last week in Washington, D.C.. Henderson was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell as independent arbitrator to hear the sides’ cases and issue a ruling.
Peterson and his counsel challenged the “improper process, procedures and form of discipline” that they claimed Goodell imposed. Among other claims, Peterson said that Goodell retroactively imposed a penalty based on changes made to the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy in August, despite the incident occurring in May.
In upholding the NFL’s initial ruling, Henderson concluded that Peterson “has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent.” Wrote Henderson: “He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline.”
Peterson is now expected to appeal the decision in federal court.
The NFL Players Association on Friday said that it “expected this outcome, given the hearing officer’s relationship and financial ties to the NFL.”
“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,” the NFLPA added. “Our union is considering immediate legal remedies.”
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