Adrian Peterson's 2014 Suspension Improperly Vacated According to Court Ruling

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2016

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the team's NFL football training camp at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn. on Saturday, July, 30, 2016.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
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The NFL has won its appeal against Adrian Peterson dating back to his 2014 suspension and the subsequent lawsuit by Peterson and the NFL Players Association against the NFL, according to gaming and sports law attorney Daniel Wallach:

Daniel Wallach @WALLACHLEGAL

BREAKING: NFL wins appeal vs. Adrian Peterson. Court rules suspension was improperly vacated by Judge Doty. Bolsters Goodell's authority.

Daniel Wallach @WALLACHLEGAL

Eighth Circuit quick summary of Adrian Peterson decision: https://t.co/FcE4DEgTgA

Per Wallach, there was no dissenting opinion in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which strengthens the NFL's case in the event Peterson and the NFLPA try to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The NFLPA released a statement on the decision, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The @NFLPA has released a statement on the Adrian Peterson ruling from earlier today https://t.co/RVWf5GlhXQ

For Peterson, the decision won't change much in the present, according to Wallach and Rapoport:

Daniel Wallach @WALLACHLEGAL

Adrian Peterson has already served his suspension, so ruling doesn't impact his playing status. Just can't get money back and bad precedent.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

With today's court ruling #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson owes MIN three game checks from the '14 season, which (I think) = $2.0M #math #fixed

The NFL suspended Peterson without pay in the 2014 season after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault, per Conor Orr of NFL.com. An arbitrator upheld the suspension, which led to the NFLPA lawsuit.

The union argued that "arbitrator Harold Henderson's decision was biased, unfair and contrary to the collective bargaining agreement," per ESPN.com's report at the time. Judge David S. Doty overturned the arbitrator's decision in a U.S. District Court, but the NFL appealed to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

That has only strengthened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority within the collective bargaining agreement, per ESPN business analyst Andrew Brandt:

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In span of a couple weeks, both 2nd and 8th Circuits have affirmed Commissioner Power based on deference to an agreed-upon procedure in CBA.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Tom Brady's appeal to have his Deflategate suspension overturned in July—the NFL's second major victory in the Court of Appeals this year.


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