Adrian Peterson Of Minnesota Vikings Suspended Without Pay
Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has now been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season.
According to a statement made by the NFL, Peterson will not be reinstated before April 15 because it violated the leagues personal conduct policy "in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May."
Peterson has been suspended since September when the charges were brought to light and was put on the exempt/commissioner's permission list -- which kept him off the field, with pay.
The issued statement also contained excerpts of Goodell's letter to Peterson regarding counseling and reinstatement.
"We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement," Goodell wrote in the letter. "You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy."
According to court records, the boy suffered cuts, marks and bruises on his thighs, back and genital region. Goodell also addressed this in his letter.
"While an adult may have a number of options when confronted with abuse -- to flee, to fight back, or to seek help from law enforcement -- none of those options is realistically available to a four-year old child," Goodell stated.
The Vikings have also released a statement saying that they agree with the league's decision and have "no further comment at this time."