Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson failed to show up to an NFL disciplinary hearing Friday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The meeting "would have been for a disciplinary decision on Peterson’s past and future." This discussion was separate from the conference call set to take place Monday, which would have addressed Peterson's status on the commissioner's exempt list, where a player can remain suspended indefinitely but still collect a paycheck.
A league official told Schefter the following regarding the Friday meeting:
"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. 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."
In response, NFLPA spoksperson George Atallah stated that "The League office seems more focused on creating an arbitrary disciplinary process for Adrian instead of honoring a signed agreement to remove him from the Commissioner's list."
Earlier this month, Peterson pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault after a grand jury indicted the Vikings running back on felony charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after authorities said he hit his 4-year-old son with a switch. Peterson is required to pay a $4,000 fine, be placed on probation and perform 80 hours of community service.
Schefter's full post has been embedded below.
-- Alex Suskind