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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for Rest of Season, Says Player Shows 'No Remorse for His Conduct'


Adrian Peterson won't be suiting up for the Vikings again this year.

The National Football League announced this morning that Peterson would be suspended for at least the rest of the year without pay.

The Vikings star running back had been suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy, for what the NFL is calling an incident of "abusive discipline" of his four-year-old son. The league said Peterson has shown "no remorse for his conduct."

Peterson pled no-contest to reckless assault on Nov. 4 when faced with child abuse charges in Texas.

The earliest date Peterson can be considered for reinstatement is April 15, 2015.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in via a letter written to Peterson that the league released on Tuesday: "The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. 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. 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.

"First, the injury was inflicted on a child who was only four years old. The difference in size and strength between you and the child is significant, and your actions clearly caused physical injury to the child. 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. Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father.

"Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.

"Third, you have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.' These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future."

The NFLPA filed a grievance accusing the NFL of reneging on an agreement not to punish Peterson while charges were pending after his Sept. 11 indictment on the felony charge of causing injury to a child after using a switch to whip his 4-year-old son.

Peterson now has three days to appeal the league's decision.

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