Adrian Peterson Put on Commissioner's Exempt List: Latest Details and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2014

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Updates from Monday, Nov. 17

Adrian Peterson's hearing reached a conclusion on Monday evening according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

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The Adrian Peterson hearing is now over. The wait begins.

A decision is expected to come quickly according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

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The arbitrator, Shyam Das, told the participating reps in the grievance that he would have a decision “quickly,” per sources

Rapoport reports on how the Vikings are feeling about the perception of Peterson:

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While waiting for Peterson ruling, #Vikings believe climate is changing. Sponsor Radisson wants to return. Pepsi is back as a banner sponsor

Updates from Sunday, Nov. 16

NFL.com's Albert Breer believes there's a chance Adrian Peterson will be on the field next week against the Packers, but also highlights how the Vikings star may have missed an opportunity on Friday:

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Pretty easy to see Peterson back on the field vs. GB next week. He wins grievance, NFL levies suspension, he appeals and plays in meantime.

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Flip side is NFL viewpoint -- that Peterson missed an opp Friday to talk to the league before discipline, which could be imposed very soon.

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole provided his thoughts on the situation:

Updates from Saturday, Nov. 15 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Adrian Peterson did not appear at an NFL disciplinary hearing on Friday:

Updates from Sunday, Nov. 9

After pleading "no contest" to child abuse earlier this week, Adrian Peterson has already requested to be reinstated by the NFL, as reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter:

The NFL Players Association sent a letter to the NFL on Friday, calling for the immediate reinstatement of Adrian Peterson per the agreement the sides made for the Minnesota Vikings running back to go on the commissioner's exempt list in September, according to sources.

The agreement to place Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list explicitly states that Peterson would be removed from the list upon resolution of his legal matter, sources said. Peterson plead guilty to a misdemeanor last week.

If the NFL declines to comply with the agreement, the NFLPA can then file an expedited non-injury grievance to have Peterson reinstated immediately.

Mortensen and Schefter also relayed whether the Vikings organization even wants Peterson back with the team: "If Peterson is reinstated, sources say the majority of the Vikings football operations executives, as well as the coaching staff and players, want the running back on the team."

However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network later contradicted that sentiment: 

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Sources: #Vikings executives are divided on whether they want Adrian Peterson to return immediately if reinstated. Internal battle brewing

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Adrian Peterson, under the personal conduct policy, is facing a 6-game suspension. But it will likely be fewer than that with a compromise

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The league will likely consider a combination of time served and loss of pay with regards to Adrian Peterson. Expect a December return.

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Adrian Peterson filed for immediate reinstatement. There will be an hearing this week on it. Coaches want him back. But the front office?

On Thursday, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported the NFL rejected Peterson's bid to be immediately reinstated following the plea deal.

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 12

As Adrian Peterson awaits details on his future outside of football, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports potential discipline from the NFL could be ahead:

If Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is found not guilty of a felony child abuse charge in Texas, he could still face a personal conduct suspension without pay from the NFL, according to sources.

One area of consensus that was reaffirmed in last week's league meetings is that violation of workplace rules and personal conduct should not require a conviction, the sources said.

Any facts established in a legal proceeding can be found as a personal conduct violation regardless of the legal outcome.

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports on when the Vikings can expect Peterson back:

Zygi Wilf spoke at a press conference on Wednesday about the decision to change Adrian Peterson's status (via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and Sirius XM NFL Radio):

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Adrian Peterson: “We made a mistake and we needed to get this right.”

SiriusXM NFL Radio @SiriusXMNFL

#Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf: 'We will support Adrian during this process but we firmly believe this is the right decision.'

Wilf also spoke about the franchise's decision-making over the past week (via Sean Jensen):

Sean Jensen @seankjensen

#Vikings president Mark Wilf: "It's never too late to get it right."

Wilf also addressed the response of the franchise's sponsors and the impact it may have had with the move (via Mark Craig of The Star Tribune):

Mark Craig @markcraignfl

Mark Wilf on whether sponsors played a role: "Absolutely not."

ESPN's Adam Schefter provides a statement provided by Peterson's lawyer Rusty Hardin:

As for Peterson's future, general manager Rick Spielman refused to comment on a potential return to the Vikings (via Around the NFL):

Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL

Vikings GM Rick Spielman won't comment on whether Adrian Peterson will play again for the team.

ESPN's Darren Rovell provided the NFLPA's statement on Peterson's punishment:

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NFLPA statement on Adrian Peterson http://t.co/o5efqZE40N

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, talked about the suspension, according to a report from The Associated Press:

This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.

Schefter reports on Peterson's long-term status with the team:

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Whether Adrian Peterson plays again this year will depend on when legal case is resolved. But Vikings intend to bring him back, per sources.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora sums up the situation between Peterson and the Vikings:

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Vikings and Peterson reach an arrangement here, essentially- we'll pay you to stay home if you don't appeal or fight roster status for while

ESPN's Ed Werder confirms La Canfora's report:

Ed Werder @EdwerderRFA

Source says NFLPA consulted with Adrian Peterson on being placed on exempt list and whether he wanted to challenge. He decided to accept

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that the Vikings will hold a press conference on Wednesday:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Vikings have scheduled an 11 a.m. CT press conference. The Wilfs will be a part of it.

Werder reports on when the running back can return to the roster:

Ed Werder @EdwerderRFA

Adrian Peterson cannot rejoin Vikings and not eligible for NFL games until legal status resolved. Next court date Oct 8. Plea bargain poss.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported on Peterson's salary status on the Exempt list:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

For those asking: Adrian Peterson still will be getting paid during his stay on the exempt list. This could be Greg Hardy’s road map.

ESPN's Andrew Brandt reported how much Peterson would make during his absence: 

Andrew Brandt @AndrewBrandt

Peterson will earn $691,000 per week while on leave. Carry on.

Peterson tweeted the following out after the Vikings announced his status on Wednesday morning:

Adrian Peterson @AdrianPeterson


Original Text

The Vikings have placed Adrian Peterson on the Commissioner's Exempt list as a result of his indictment on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released a statement on the decision, which was first provided by veteran NFL reporter Sean Jensen:

This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. 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.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well. 

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Peterson must remain away from the team indefinitely:

Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

Vikings have placed Adrian Peterson on Commissioner's exempt list, meaning he's shelved until further notice

The Vikings deactivated Peterson ahead of their Week 2 game against the New England Patriots. Just three days later, Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released a statement announcing that Peterson would be returning to practice with the expectation of playing in Week 3.

Nick Wright reported last week for CBS Houston on what landed Peterson in hot water:

The beating allegedly resulted in numerous injuries to the child, including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands. Peterson then texted the boy’s mother, saying that one wound in particular would make her "mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch."

The Vikings' decision puts a new spin on this ordeal, as Peterson now must sit and wait while his legal proceedings play out.

Stay tuned for updates as this situation continues to develop.

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