Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is in New York this week to appeal his NFL suspension. According to an ABC News report, Peterson believes assurances he received from NFL executives stating that his suspension would be short could convince the NFL to alter the suspension.
On November 18 the NFL announced that Peterson had been suspended without pay for at least the rest of the 2014 season. The suspension stems from child abuse charges that were filed against Peterson earlier this year.
On September 12 Peterson was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. In early November the NFL star settled the charges by pleading no contest to one charge of misdemeanor reckless assault. Peterson had expected the plea deal to resolve his professional difficulties but is now facing an indefinite suspension.
Shortly after he was indicted Peterson released a statement making it clear that, as advised by his lawyers, he will not be discussing the case publicly. Peterson did state, however, that he “never intended” to injure his son and that he was practicing a form of discipline that was used on himself as a child. From the statement:
I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 15, 2014
Peterson’s suspension marks yet another scandal for the star running back. On October 11, 2013 Peterson’s son, whom he had never met, was beaten and later died. More recently Peterson has been accused of misusing charity funds.