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Draft Scout *Adrian Peterson News
11/18/14 - RB Adrian Peterson will be suspended without pay for the rest of the season and will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015, for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The league announced the highly anticipated decision Tuesday, and the NFL players union responded by vowing to appeal immediately.
A union-led grievance that sought to clear Peterson to return while the appeal is pending was denied by arbitrator Shyam Das on Tuesday night, multiple media outlets reported.
Das reportedly ruled that the NFL could keep Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list through the remainder of the year, unrelated to the suspension issued Tuesday. The verdict essentially ends Peterson's hopes of playing again in 2014.
According to ESPN.com, Das found that Peterson "failed to establish on this record that the NFL violated either the letter agreement or the CBA."
Before Tuesday, Peterson was on the commissioner's exempt list, drawing his full salary. The unpaid suspension will cost him approximately $703,125 per week -- a total of $4,218,750 -- through the end of the regular season.
The NFL stated that Peterson's suspension comes as a result of "an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son." Peterson settled the legal matter in a Texas court when he pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month. He was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his son.
Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in letter to Peterson, from which excerpts were used in Tuesday's NFL statement, that Peterson does not "fully appreciate the seriousness of his conduct."
"You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct," Goodell's letter said. "When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's m
11/15/14 - RB Adrian Peterson did not appear at a scheduled disciplinary hearing with the NFL on Friday after agreeing to attend last week, according to ESPN.
The NFL claimed that Peterson refused to give the league an alternative date for the disciplinary hearing, which stems from his arrest for child abuse.
Friday's meeting was more significant than the conference call scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Monday. The NFL Players Association filed an expedited, non-injury grievance on behalf of Peterson, requesting removal from the Commissioner's Exempt list.
The Friday meeting was originally scheduled last Tuesday, but the NFLPA told the league on Thursday that it was not available, according to the report.
"We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate," a league official told ESPN. "We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled.
"We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us."
NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah said Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, provided the league with a letter claiming that it is against Texas state law to give the NFL the requested documents. The incident that led to Peterson's arrest occurred in Texas.
The union also said it made Peterson's clinician available to the league.
11/12/14 - RB Adrian Peterson's future with the Vikings is in the hands of the NFL. Head coach Zimmer has held things together fairly well, going 3-5 without Peterson.
"When those decisions are made (by the NFL), we can make decisions," Zimmer said. "Until then, really our hands are tied. There's nothing we can do about it other than what I've said all along. We love the kid. He's done everything I've asked him to do. And we support him. We want him to get through this for him, for him. Then we'll worry about all the other things we have to deal with at the time."
09/17/14 - RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the exempt list, which allows him to collect his full salary -- $11.25 million in 2014 -- while addressing the child abuse charges he's facing in Texas.
"In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team's decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian."
09/15/14 - RB Adrian Peterson was released from Montgomery County, Texas, jail early Saturday morning after posting a $15,000 bond. Peterson turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued following an indictment Friday by a grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Peterson, who was deactivated by the Vikings for their game against New England Sunday, was booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CT Saturday and released at 1:35 a.m. CT after posting the $15,000 bond.
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin said in a statement Friday that his client's conduct "involves using a switch to spank his son." A report from Sports Radio 610 in Houston indicated Peterson removed leaves of a tree branch, which he referred to in a police report as "a switch," with which he struck the four-year old child.
"This indictment follows Adrian's full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son," Hardin said in his statement. "He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened."
Hardin added Peterson cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.
Said Hardin: "Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning," Hardin said. "It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the boy lives with his mother in Minnesota and had traveled to Texas with Peterson several months ago when the incident is alleged to have taken place.
The Vikings said they were aware of the charges and released a statement on Friday afternoon.
"The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation