Court rules Adrian Peterson’s suspension was improperly vacated

Thursday August 4th, 2016

The NFL has won its appeal against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after a court ruled that his 2014 suspension was improperly vacated, reports sports law attorney Daniel Wallach.

Peterson was indicted in September 2014 on a felony charge of injury to a child for disciplining his four-year-old son with a wooden switch. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless injury on Nov. 4 of that year.

On Nov. 18, 2014, Peterson was suspended without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. He played in just one game that season.

Peterson’s appeal of his suspension was denied by NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson, but federal judge David Doty ruled in favor of Peterson in February 2015.

Excerpts from the latest ruling can found below. The full court ruling can be read here.

The court’s decision does not impact Peterson’s current eligibility to play.

This marks the second notable victory in recent weeks for the NFL in court. In July, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court denied New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal to have his Deflategate suspension overturned.

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