So that’s probably why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dropped the hammer on Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson.
Peterson has been dealing with the legal issues stemming from his overzealous disciplining of his son that lead to a reckless assault charge.
He will have to pay a $4,000 fine and do 80 hours of community service. But that’s just the legal side of things.
Now he has to deal with the NFL’s decision to suspend him for the rest of the year… without pay!!
The letter that informed Peterson of Goodell’s decision to suspend him read:
“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.”
Peterson apparently has three days to file an appeal if he doesn’t agree with the decision.
He’ll allegedly be filing an appeal immediately. The earliest he’d be up for reinstatement is April 15th, 2015!
We hope he’s got a whole bunch of money saved up, otherwise that’s a long time with no paycheck. Though maybe that’ll give him time to think about how to discipline his child without inflicting obscene physical damage.