*Sorry Adrian Peterson, you’re no Ray Rice.
Peterson and Rice are both running backs in the NFL. Last week Rice won his appeal to be reinstated by the NFL after being indefinitely suspended for domestic abuse.
Peterson didn’t fare as well. His appeal of a league suspension for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy has been denied, the league announced Friday (12-12-14).
Peterson’s appeal was heard by former NFL executive Harold Henderson last week in Washington, D.C. Henderson was appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell as arbitrator to hear the sides’ cases and issue a ruling.
In upholding the NFL’s initial ruling, Henderson concluded that Peterson “has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent.” Wrote Henderson: “He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline.”
Peterson is now expected to appeal the decision in federal court.
An unhappy players’ union, the NFLPA, reacted swiftly to the ruling.
“The NFLPA expected this outcome, given the hearing officer’s relationship and financial ties to the NFL,” the union’s statement read. “The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement. This decision also represents the NFL’s repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players. Our union is considering immediate legal remedies.
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