The NFLPA and the NFL are in a dither once again regarding another popular NFL player, Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson. It was reported Tuesday that the NFLPA filed a Federal Court motion concerning Peterson claiming that Roger Goodell and the NFL have “deliberately ignored” a court decision made 11 weeks earlier.
This is the statement that the NFLPA released:
“The delay tactics, inconsistencies and arbitrary decision making of the League has continued to hurt the rights of players, the credibility of the League office and the integrity of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In the absence of any action by the NFL’s governing board of owners, the players have acted to hold the NFL accountable to our players, the CBA and to the law,” the press release said.”
Following the release, the NFL responded with this:
“There is no basis for the union’s action. The district court’s decision on Adrian Peterson is on appeal to the Eighth Circuit. In the meantime, Mr. Peterson was reinstated more than a month ago and he may fully participate in team activities. The remaining disciplinary issue concerns the amount of 2014 pay to be forfeited by Mr. Peterson and that issue is presently before the Court of Appeals.”
Peterson had his suspension overturned back on February 26, 2015 by United States District Judge David S. Doty. Following the suspension, Peterson was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List where he sat until April 17, 2015 when he was officially reinstated to the NFL.
Likely to be tied up in a Federal Court, it could be a very lengthy period of time before any action if any is taken regarding the NFLPA’s motion regarding Peterson.