The NFL announced Tuesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would be suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the season after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault charges earlier this month.
In a letter to Peterson, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the player, "the timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision."
Peterson was indicted in Texas back in September on a charge of causing injury to a child. The football star has said he never intended to hurt his 4-year-old son when he struck the boy with a "switch" or stick as means of discipline.
The 2012 league MVP has spent most of the season on the commissioner's exempt list, meaning he was suspended but with pay while the legal matter played out.
Two days after the plea agreement was reached, Peterson was informed by the league that he would remain on the exempt list while the league reviewed his case for potential discipline under the personal conduct policy.
The NFL Players Assn. filed a grievance with the NFL on Monday to reinstate Peterson, based on “explicit language in a signed agreement” with the league.
The NFLPA said Tuesday it will appeal the latest decision, saying the suspension "is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take."
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