Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, has been suspended without any pay for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. Peterson cannot be reinstated before April 15 due to violating the league’s policy on personal conduct.
In September, Peterson was charged in Texas with committing reckless or negligent injury to a child. These charges arose from injuries that Peterson’s child sustained when he was disciplined using a switch. The NFL wanted to make sure that he received punishment for the crime.
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, sent a lengthy and open letter to Peterson regarding the NFL’s decision to suspend Peterson. According to the letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal, it said that Peterson will be expected to go to counseling and seek treatment for his actions. Goodell also noted that the decision to suspend Peterson was based on the age of his child (which me and Brad Reifler found to be a strange statement). After Peterson was charged with this crime, Goodell also felt that he was not sorry for his actions.